{Write This Down} Skin Care 101

Skin Care 101: Cosmetics vs. Cosmeceuticals

If you don't know what a cosmeceutical is yet, you should. Ever walk down an aisle at a department store to find hundreds and hundreds of moisturizers and cleansers for your skin? And you're like, "OMG there so much to choose from, what one do I buy?!" Well, there's really no science behind your choosing, so pick any one and it'll give you basically the same result. Maybe one will make you break out more than the other, but case in point: you'll break out. Some leave the skin dryer than others, and few just leave your skin looking the same as it did before you wasted your money. 

Why a cosmeceutical? What what the hell is it?

A cosmeceutical is a hybrid between pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Cosmeceuticals can be purchased over-the-counter, but are usually found at spas, dermatologist offices, and any place that employs (licensed) skin care professionals. The products you buy from a spa versus a store are better formulated with active ingredients. Meaning, they'll actually penetrate your skin and do the job that cosmetics usually fall short. 

Why cosmeceuticals actually work...

Your skin goes through a cycle of renewal. Once every few days the skin sheds the older, outer layer, and completely renews itself roughly every 3 months (think seasonally). That's why it's recommended to get a facial every 3 months (at least), to keep up and treat the "live" skin. You want to treat that underlying layer, the "young" cells and "live" skin, because when that skin moves up to the surface (outer layer) it will be clear, glowy, and smooth. 

Cosmeceuticals have ACTIVE ingredients that are formulated to penetrate the live skin, underneath the outer layer. When you buy cosmetics at a drugstore or department store, the FDA considers it "self-diagnosing" to which limits companies on the amount of active ingredients in a product. Companies with products over-the-counter as such, lower the amount of active ingredients significantly which hinders the effectiveness of the product. So pretty much, you're buying moisturizers and facial cleansers that treat the dead skin on the surface, which will inevitably shed in 1-3days after treating it. Completely useless.

What do I do?

Personally, I still buy cosmetics... like a lot of them. But I buy my skin care products (i.e. facial cleansers, moisturizers, serums, beauty oil, and cremes) from a spa. I don't believe in dermatologists, (one) because I've been to several and I find they make breakouts worse, and (two) dermatologists don't touch the skin like an esthetician would. You sit in a chair, they look at your problem areas, and prescribe you a topical that dries out the skin even more. Someone who gives you a facial quarterly can tell you when your skin has become inflamed, dry, or whatever, and can recommend a product based off of that examination. 

Another thing when looking for products in the department store is to read the label, carefully. Ingredients are listed in content order, from most active to least. So if you have an anti-aging creme that is hyped up because it includes retinol, but retinol is second to the bottom with fragrances and water topping it, you bought the wrong product.

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