What is a cosmeceutical?

What makes cosmeceuticals more likely to cause positive change to the skin than less advanced skincare products that can be picked up from over the counter? Here’s a shocking fact for you… 95% of skincare products on the market have no way of penetrating the epidermis (the skins outer layer). We’re sorry to tell you that unless you’ve been investing in specialist cosmeceutical skincare products already, the majority of what you’ve been putting on your skin has most likely been doing nothing more than sitting on the surface of your, pretending to do something.

To break it down, your skin is made up of 2 main layers; the Dermis and the Epidermis. The epidermis is made up of dead and dying cells that have progressed to the outside of your body by creating a protective and waterproof barrier of protection. The main job of the epidermis is to block toxins and infections from causing your skin damage. The dermis, your deeper layer of skin, houses blood vessels and plump, living cells. This is the part of your skin that holds all of its essential nutrients and vitamins.

In order for a product to have an effect on your skin, it has to penetrate through your epidermis to your dermis. As your living cells move up through the dermis and become the epidermis, their nutrient filling leaks out and turns into a highly waterproof oil-based cement that holds everything together. Scientists have come up with a few different ways to get through this cement.

Cosmeceuticals often use innovative dermal delivery systems that trick your skin’s naturally protective barrier into letting a product in. Liposomal delivery is a type of biodynamic lipid/oil layer that can be used to coat vitamins, minerals and active ingredients in a way that allows them to bypass the epidermis and to deliver their nutrients straight to where they need to be – your dermis (aka your future skin). By treating your skin at its deeper layer, Cosmeceuticals can achieve healthy, glowing skin.

It’s not just dermal delivery systems that make a product advanced. The size, weight and structure of molecules play a big part as well. For example, water molecules are too big to penetrate the barrier, and oil sits on top of the water, so to push water into your skin to deliver essential hydration is no easy task. Enter Hyaluronic Acid! Hyaluronic Acid is the lowest weight and smallest molecular structure of a H2O derivative that exists. Your body naturally creates Hyaluronic Acid, which means your skin can register and recognise it instantly. It can be absorbed rapidly because it’s much smaller than a water molecule in size. Hyaluronic Acid offers your skin an intense rush of hydration because it can reach your dermis and holds 1000 times its weight in water. Using a cosmeceutical skin care product that includes this super-hydrating ingredient will give your skin the hydration it needs.

When it comes to treating a skin condition, Vitamins and Antioxidants need to be able to feed your skin on a cellular level. This is where chirally correct ingredients come in to play. In Cosmeceutical formulations, it’s all about science. Let’s look at vitamin C for instance, we consume and absorb Vitamin C through our diet, and our body also creates it. Incredible for improving your overall skin health, Vitamin C helps to promote collagen and elastin production and also helps to protect your skin from free radicals. You can find Vitamin C in many over-the-counter skin care products now, but how many of these products include Vitamin C that has been specifically designed to go directly to compromised areas of your skin and get to work? Not many at all! Molecules have two identical sides visually, and 1 of these sides is more relevant and compatible to the skin than the other. So, our skin happily absorbs both sides, but the other less relevant side slows the process. To combat this, Cosmeceutical products use chirally correct ingredients that have 2 sides that are equally compatible and welcomed by your skin. This makes the general efficacy of the product 100% better for your skin.

So in summary, advanced skin care is all about the dermal delivery systems, the high-grade ingredients and the science to make the ingredients relevant to your skin.


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