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Beauty / Our Products | 21.07.2016

Cosmeceutical Products: what are they and can they be natural?

Cosmeceuticals, as the name suggests, are functional skincare products that use pharmaceutical grade ingredients to target specific skin conditions or give discernible, fast-acting results. They're designed to give you clear, firm, glowing skin through the use of potent formulations that are scientifically tested to produce very visible results. 

What sets cosmeceutical products apart from the standard skincare ranges you can buy at department stores, pharmacies and health food stores, is that they use medical grade synthetic ingredients and combine them with highly active natural ingredients, like antioxidants, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and retinol. 

AHAs improve skin texture and reduce the signs of ageing by promoting cell shedding in the outer layers of the epidermis and by restoring hydration. AHAs, also known as fruit acids, found in cosmeceuticals include citric acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, pyruvic acid and tartaric acid. 

Antioxidants reduce free-radical damage and prevent degradation of the skin at a cellular level. They also reduce inflammation, which can deplete collagen, and protect the skin against photoaging. Common antioxidants used in cosmeceuticals include alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C), niacinamide (vitamin B3), N-acetyl-glucosamine (NAG), tocopherol (vitamin E) and ubiquinone (CoQ10). 

Retinoids are one of the most common ingredients found in cosmeceuticals. They consist of natural and synthetic derivative of vitamin A that reduce hyperpigmentation and slow down the visible signs of ageing by inhibiting the enzymes that break down collagen.  

Key retinoids include: 

Common cosmeceutical ingredients that are cause for concern 

Cosmeceuticals can undoubtedly have a dramatic impact on your skin, but unfortunately they usually come with a host of ingredients that could be potentially harmful to your health.

These include nanoparticles, depigmenting and skin-lightening agents like hydroquinone (banned as a depigmenting agent in Australia, Europe and Canada due to concerns it is carcinogenic) and numerous preservatives, foaming agents and synthetic fragrances. 

Nanoparticles readily penetrate skin, and can enter the bloodstream and it has been suggested, could contribute to nerve damage and degenerative brain disorders.  

Other toxic ingredients to watch out for in cosmeceuticals include carcinogens such as acrylamide, and carcinogenic contaminants such as ethylene oxide, dioxane, nitrosamines and acrylamide and formaldehyde. They may also include allergens, and toxic hormonal ingredients.  

Can cosmeceuticals be natural?

YES! We were one of the first organic skincare companies to up the ante on skincare by combining our natural and organic ethos with the mindset of a cosmeceutical range.

This is why our products pack a powerful punch when it comes to skin concerns like ageing, pigmentation, lines, wrinkles, sagging, breakouts, uneven skin tone, rashes, rosacea and dull looking skin.  

When you use our line of skin care essentials, you can really feel and see them working every day. We use botanical cosmeceuticals such as these to ensure our products give you real and visible results.  

 Are you a fan of cosmeceuticals? Share your experiences and stories with us in the comments section below and you'll go into our bi-monthly draw to win free Mukti products!

 

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