By Dr. TRACY MOUNTFORD, MBBS MBCAM on Cosmeceuticals
Improving skin quality and preventing its premature ageing are very important, which is why we offer a varied and comprehensive range of cosmeceutical skincare products to enhance our non-surgical, facial rejuvenation treatments.
Cosmeceutical is a word that combines ‘cosmetic’ and ‘pharmaceutical’. This type of product has the active potential to bring about visible changes to the skin, backed by clinical evidence. Applied topically, a cosmeceutical product can penetrate deeper into the skin where vital collagen, elastin and cellular activity takes place.
*DISCLAIMER Patient experience and results may vary. These are dependent on a number of factors such as lifestyle, age and medical history.
Cosmetics may contain active ingredients but only at a low concentration. Cosmetic products are widely available from chemists (without needing to ask over the counter) and supermarkets.
A cosmeceutical product has higher concentrations of active ingredients. They improve skin quality and work in synergy with in-clinic treatments for prolonged and boosted results. Generally, a true cosmeceutical is prescribed by a medical practitioner who specialises in anti-ageing skincare and treatments.
Factors such as sun, inflammation, disease, ageing and diet can all affect the quality of our skin. Research suggests that people perceive your age according to the quality of your skin rather than the lines and wrinkles.
To improve your skin texture, tone and luminosity, we recommend using premium cosmeceutical brands that deliver the best results. These include: Skinceuticals, Jan Marini, Aestheticare, Heliocare, Obagi and Zo Obagi that contain higher concentrations of active ingredients, making them results-focused in helping improve the appearance of the skin, yet are less potent than pharmaceutical drugs.
We routinely prescribe highly active cosmeceutical home care regimens to work in synergy to prolong and enhance the effects of in-clinic treatments, such as hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, or where the emphasis is on collagen stimulation such as Sculptra®, thread lifting, micro-needling and radio frequency skin tightening treatments.