Cosmeceutics is a word consisting of cosm (ethics) + (pharma) ceutiks. This group of cosmetics occupies an intermediate place between conventional cosmetics and therapeutic products for external use. Cosmeceutics penetrates deeper than cosmetic creams. It stimulates the production of collagen, elastin in the deep layers of the skin, the formation of new cells.
WHAT IS COSMECEUTICS DIFFERENT FROM COSMETICS?
Cosmetics, like cosmoceutics, are designed to effectively care for your skin. However, the effect of cosmetic products is short-lived. Cosmetics may contain active ingredients, but their concentration will be low. Cosmetics are widely available, they can be purchased in supermarkets, cosmetics stores. Cosmeceutical products differ in that they contain far more active ingredients and their concentration is higher. This stronger formula can cause visible skin changes, so cosmetic products provide long-lasting results. Often these products are used only by professional skin care professionals who perform aesthetic and therapeutic procedures....
Examining the differences between cosmetics and cosmoceutics, it can be concluded that:
- Cosmetics change the appearance of the skin, and cosmetics - its function. Thanks to cosmetics, the skin looks good (brighter, smoother), but only for a while. Cosmeceuticals affect the work of skin cells. They reduce wrinkles, correct skin color.
- Cosmetics affect only the upper layers of the skin, while cosmetic products penetrate the skin. Components with a high molecular structure are most commonly used in cosmetics. They only affect the upper layers of the skin, which are made up of dead cells. Meanwhile, cosmetic products use components with lower molecular structures and better skin penetration. This is why they can get into the skin deep enough to interfere with living cells and affect their function.
ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS OF COSMETIC PRODUCTS:
- Hyaluronic acid is an effective moisturizer that retains moisture in the skin.
- Vitamin A (retinol) - accelerates the regeneration processes of your skin cells by reducing pigmentation and sun damage, improving skin structure and reducing scars and wrinkles.
- Vitamin B (niacinamide, panthenol) - improves the skin's protective function, promotes healing and helps reduce epidermal moisture loss.
- Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) is a powerful antioxidant that stimulates the production of collagen in the dermis, making the skin firm and smooth.
- Glycolic, lactic, salicylic acids (AHA and BHA) - perfectly cleanses, gently exfoliates the skin, moisturizes, softens, reduces the secretion of fats, eliminates superficial acne, scars.
- Antioxidants (vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, green tea, what enzyme Q10) - strengthens the skin, protects against damage caused by free radicals and slows down the aging process.