I have gradually started incorporating what I think of as ‘serious’ and ‘very grown up’ products into my skincare routine. In your 20s you start to think about anti-aging and prevention, but in your 30s you kick things up a notch and start trying to reverse damage when you look in the mirror one day and realise that pigmentation spots and lines around your eyes have become a reality. So let’s talk cosmeceuticals.
According to Sonette Donker, owner of Skin iD clinic in Johannesburg (and a fountain of skincare knowledge), “By definition this is a product containing ingredients that affects mechanisms in the skin. These type of products normally ‘changes’ the skin, i.e. Clears breakouts, stimulates collagen synthesis, removes hyperpigmentation, etc. These type of products mostly available at aesthetic centres with doctors or very advanced therapists performing treatments and prescribing products for home use. My favourite cosmeceutical ingredients are Retinol and Glycolic Acid for home and clinic use, and then TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) for clinic use.”
Cosmeceutical brands are often developed by doctors, plastic surgeons and dermatologists, who use their background in medical science to create products which will affect the skin on an ‘medical’ level. It is about solid scientific research, skin health as opposed to just beauty, and they involve very high concentrations of pharmaceutical-quality ingredients. Here are some of my favourites…
As much as I love natural and simple products and have faith in the healing properties of nature, I am also a big fan of science. When it comes to pigmentation, acne, or wrinkles I’m all for bringing out the big guns. I did a post on retinol and how I’ve incorporated it into my routine as well, so you can click on the link if you’re interested.
QMS Medicosmetics is also a really good European cosmeceutical brand which I haven’t tried myself but I’ve only heard good things. The products can be on the pricey side, but their tinted Sport Active Cream retailing for R680 has glowing reviews.