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Recent advances in skin care

Cosmeceuticals are a combination of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, e.g. antioxidant and lipstick or retinol plus face serum.

Cosmeceuticals will contain active ingredients that are known to be beneficial to us in some way, e.g., Vitamin-C is a known antioxidant and when this is added to a lotion or cream the product is considered a cosmeceutical.

If you read a product label and see things like "botanical" and "marine" extracts, vitamins, or peptides, it could probably be considered a cosmeceutical.

The medical world does not recognize cosmeceuticals as a separate class of beauty products, it only recognises three categories: medications, cosmetics and soaps.

If a brand supplier launches a product that claims to affect the structure or function of the body, the medical world would consider it to be a new medication and would require clinical trials be done to prove its effectiveness and its safety.

Assuming that all of the claims from the cosmeceutical product were shown to be true in clinical studies, and the product was shown to be effective, them the medical world would approve it as a new medication. That would a pharmaceutical, not a cosmeceutical.

In the health and skincare industry there are a number of products which stimulate the production of collagen in the body. Ranging from capsules, to topical creams, these products aim to help the body grow its own collagen, slowing the interior and exterior aging process.


If claims are being made, such as a brand reduces wrinkles or eliminates acne, then these products have undergone a significant amount of testing to support the various claims, from consumer testing and controlled laboratory tests to stability and preservative efficacy tests.

There are now many High Street brands claiming to be cosmeceuticals, using buzzwords like peptides, antioxidants and retinoids, but most of that which you can buy on the High Street do not contain high enough dosages of these active ingredients to make any real noticeable difference to your skin.

If you want to invest in a good skincare range, that will really help improve and protect your skin, then going to see a skin specialist or dermatologist is the best way to ensure you are getting products that actually work and are right for your skin.

Cosmeceutical ranges used in dermatology clinics have usually undergone extensive scientific testing and will contain active ingredients such as vitamins A, C and E, anti-oxidants and peptides and Alpha Hydroxy Acids, combined with active botanical ingredients such as Aloe Vera at levels that are safe for you to buy off the shelf.

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