What is cosmeceutical skincare?

'Cosmeceutical skincare' refers to skincare like facial creams, serums, lotions, toners and any other of your favourite products that are formulated with active ingredients that do wonders for your skin, no matter your skin type or skin concern. These active ingredients can include several different vitamins and minerals, antioxidants or nourishing botanical extracts. Specific components are chosen to enhance your skincare routine, target a particular skin concern and make noticeable changes to your complexion.

There's a significant difference between cosmetics and cosmeceutical products. Cosmetics is a general term describing all things makeup and skincare. While cosmetics can feature beneficial skincare ingredients and components, they generally don't contain active ingredients to treat the skin.

On the other hand, cosmeceuticals are backed by scientific research, so you can be more confident in the skincare products you are looking for and trust they will do what the labels say they'll do.

Like cosmetics, cosmeceuticals are readily available over the counter and online and are applied topically. However, ingredients, complexes and delivery found in the following skincare products are formulated to remain stable and provide highly effective results, even after topical use.

Basically, cosmeceutical skincare usually delivers better results than regular skincare products. 

Cosmeceutical Skincare Benefits

As mentioned above, there are numerous skin benefits to using cosmeceuticals as their active ingredients can target specific concerns and areas. Cosmeceutical products can improve:

  • Signs of ageing
  • Dryness
  • Acne and congestion
  • Skin dullness
  • Pigmentation
  • Sun damage
  • Scarring
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Skin luminosity

 

What Kind of Ingredients can I find in Cosmeceutical Skincare?

AHA (Glycolic, Mandelic, Lactic Acid): The following acids are the best to exfoliate and brighten the skin while improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

BHA (Salicylic Acid): The oil-soluble ingredient breaks down debris, oil and impurities inside the pore for a clearer complexion- a must-have for acne-prone skin types.

Retinol: This ultimate anti-ageing ingredient is found in many products. Also known as Vitamin A, retinol promotes cell turnover to plump the skin and smoothen away wrinkles.

Niacinamide: This ingredient reduces blemishes by balancing the skin's natural oil production and improves the skin barrier function to protect the underlayers from pollutants and irritation.

Vitamin B5 (Panthenol): This hydrating ingredient provides skin repairing properties and supports the skin's natural barrier.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is an antioxidant providing protection against environmental damage, including pigmentation.

Vitamin E: Another antioxidant, Vitamin E, offers anti-inflammatory properties and protects the skin cells from environmental aggressors.

Hyaluronic Acid: The popular moisture-binding ingredient acts as a hydrator for the skin. With its low molecular form, HA penetrates the deeper layers of the skin to improve hydration levels on the skin's surface and the lower skin layers.

Peptides: This must-have ingredient improves the communication between cells so they can function at their best, boost cell turnover and promote more youthful, healthier skin in the long term.

Can I Start Using Cosmeceutical Skincare in my routine today?

Absolutely! You can jump straight into using those skin-nourishing activities but allow for a potential adjustment period between using regular skincare products and cosmeceuticals. As cosmeceutical skincare is more potent, overuse can cause the skin to be overstimulated. As a result, you may experience a breakout or some skin sensitivity for the first few weeks, but this isn't always the case. Our Boniik experts suggest keeping your routine simple. Start off with a basic cleanser, moisturiser, toner or day cream before periodically integrating products formulated for your skin type and skin concerns.

Have any questions about our cosmeceutical range? Don't hesitate to reach out to the Boniik team today, and we'll be happy to assist you!