Cosmeceutical Skin Care – The Perfect Prescription Part 2
Which cosmeceuticals to choose?
The perfect cosmeceutical prescription for your skin depends on what your skin concerns are. For example, if you’re worried about preserving collagen (collagen is the skins scaffolding and decreases with age contributing to fine lines, wrinkles and skin laxity) get yourself onto a good topical Vitamin A serum. If your main concern is brightening the skin I’d recommend using regular lactic acid (topical or regular chemical peels), vitamin C and Niacinamide (a form of vitamin B). The list of different cosmeceutical combinations goes on and on, so it pays to get a thorough skin assessment to establish the prescription that works for you.
Here are my general recommendations for anyone starting out in the world of cosmeceuticals:
- Sunscreen 30+ - applied in the morning sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB light is essential! This is your skins best protection
- A good moisturiser and exfoliant – try to find a moisturiser with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump the skin, and peptides (small proteins that are thought to contribute to collagen synthesis). Any exfoliant will do but try and find one with fine ‘beads’ that isn’t too harsh on the skin
- Antioxidants – applied in the morning, I’d recommend Vitamin C with a concentration of 5% or more. This can be found in cream or powder form (the powders can be mixed with moisturiser or serums
- Cell regulators – Retinoids (Vitamin A - different forms are used in cosmeceuticals so ideal concentration varies, check with your clinic), growth factors
- Skin brightening agent – Niacinamide 5-10% concentration, Vitamin C >5% concentration
If your in your early to mid 20’s then steps 1-3 are probably enough but there’s no harm in starting all 5 steps even when you’re younger. If you already have visable signs of ageing and less face it, that’s most of us from our late 20’s, then following steps 1-5 is recommended for best results. Many clinics have starter packs that contain all or most of these topicals to get your started. Synergie Skin have two starter packs available – A-Zinc essentials (RRP $104) which contains a cleanser, sunscreen, Vitamin A serum, Niacinamide serum, and Vitamin C containing moisturiser, and the Ultimate Anti-Ageing Kit (RRP $135) which contains a cleanser, Super Serum (peptide serum), Vitamin C crystals, Vitamin A, Vitamin B and a peptide containing moisturiser.
Skin care has come along way in the last 10 years and the science of skin care is going to continue to evolve and get better. The days of spending money on supermarket and chemist creams that offer minimal results (if any!) are over. Invest wisely in your skin care, particularly if you are considering more intensive treatments such as laser skin treatments or cosmetic injectables, and it will pay for itself 10 fold.