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What is the difference between cosmeceutical products and cosmetics?

Tired of using skincare that is all show and no results?

Have you sought out and read an ungodly number of beauty editorials about a particular product that promises the world but does not deliver? If the answer is yes, you have learned that there is a drawn battle line between cosmetics vs. cosmeceuticals (otherwise known as active skincare).

With the rise of innovative Aussie products, skin gurus such as Michelle from Platinum Face and Body Clinic are head-over-heels about cosmeceuticals, active skincare. Active skincare is progressive, scientifically proven, nature-based, and state-of-the-art in current technology.

Conventional cosmetics you ask? Arh not so much! But how do you even begin to tell the difference between a cosmeceutical and what sets it apart from your basic over the counter cosmetic product?

When investing in skincare it is important to know a few easy-to-remember factors that make all the difference when choosing between cosmetics and advanced cosmeceuticals.

Cosmetic definition is the average, over the counter beauty product. It is heavy marketed in beauty magazines and TV. They are meant to alter the appearance and external feel of your skin, for a short time. The long-term results are short lived, and the skin does not necessarily show signs of long-term improvement.

Michelle, who has over 20 years revising skin, also notes “Some cosmetic ingredients cause the skin's health to become compromised, leading to long term negative effects and inflammaging. Some skin care disorders are caused through undesirable cosmetic ingredients and when the clients stop using the products their skin starts to repair and regenerate, and further enhanced with the use of chirally correct ingredients."

Cosmeceuticals, on the other hand, are cleverly designed and manufactured to have long-term, clear, positive effects on the health of your skin and the way in which it looks. Cosmeceuticals are science-backed, pharmaceutical researched and their efficient formulation targets specific skin care concerns right down to a cellular level.

What about the ingredients in cosmetics and cosmeceuticals, I hear you say?

The biggest difference between cosmetics and cosmeceuticals are the ingredients and the amount and quality of the active components.

Cosmetics do not have an active formulation and are non-therapeutic. Cosmetics only works to mask underlying issues for a while and does not change the structure of the skin. Some of the more common ingredients found in over the counter cosmetics include comedogenic mineral oils that clog the skin and create impurities, harmful artificial fragrances, parabens, and surfactants that strip the skin of natural oils leaving the skin's natural moisture barrier impaired and unhealthy, open to erosion by extrinsic factors.

Cosmeceuticals, however, are game changers. They contain chirally correct therapeutic ingredients that are proven to deliver biologically available targeted action direct at a cellular level. Potent concentrations of active ingredients, derived from natural sources, feed, and stimulate microcellular function, and the end result is healthy looking, functioning skin.

Just some of the active cosmeceuticals, Michelle recommends is Platinum Medical Grade Skincare and Synergie Skin. Both these ranges contain biomimetic peptides and chirally correct ingredients that penetrate the dermis bringing about microcellular change to the structure of your skin.

So, there you have it.... your journey to skin confidence begins with knowing the difference between cosmeceuticals as opposed to cosmetics and the ingredients they contain. A true skin saver for those wanting the absolute best skin care can offer.


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