What is active cosmeceutical skincare?

Goran Gacovski
Goran Gacovski
AMS, MMCU - Health Practitioner
June 30, 2021
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It’s no secret that skincare has gotten ultra savvy.

Hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, retinol & peptide take pride of place in any everyday routine. But why are they so special and what sets them apart from other types of skin care?

The word Cosmeceuticals comes from the blending of two words, cosmetic and pharmaceuticals. To break it down, cosmeceuticals are medical-grade skin care designed to create noticeable positive changes in the skin. The formulation usually contains a potent blend of active ingredients targeted at addressing various skin concerns like pigmentation, ageing, sun damage, dehydration, acne and more.

Why is it important to use the correct ingredients for your skin type and concern?

Just like going to the gym, the quality of nutrients fed after the workout determine the quality of the results. Using regular over-the-counter skincare filled with fragrance, petrochemicals and low quality ingredients, after a clinic skin treatments is like going through the McDonalds drive-thru after a personal training session. 

Feeding your skin with corrective cosmeceuticals, in partnership with professional skin treatments, will nourish & correct your skin. It will also allow your skin to best respond to your in-clinic treatments, accelerate the results you can achieve and get you the healthy, plump, glowing skin you desire faster. 

The ingredients in high quality cosmeceutical skincare are designed to target and feed different areas, and cells, of your skin. When blended together to form your perfect skincare prescription, these ingredients can stimulate new collagen, even skin tone, repair & strengthen sensitive skin, refine pores and plump and smooth out lines and wrinkles. 

Our in-house Dermal Clinicians are highly trained in prescriptive skincare and understand the right mix of skincare products to create your ultimate outcome!

Here’s some of the top cosmeceutical ingredients we love!


The OG of anti-ageing skincare - this is a must in almost every skincare routine. Our skincare brands lead the industry in cosmeceutical technology and our range of Retinol (Vitamin A) are no exception. Vitamin A is quite simply the most important ingredient in anti-ageing skincare. It has a wealth of benefits including speeding up cellular renewal and reducing sebum production. It is crucial that Vitamin A is stabilised and has some form of controlled-release to ensure maximum potency with minimal irritation.

Bakuchiol Peptides

Post Peel 1% Retinol Concentrate

Retriderm Vitamin A Serum 0.75% Plus

Growth Factors:

Growth factors are proteins your skin produces naturally that provide a multitude of benefits. They help repair damage from the sun and other external aggressors, optimise cellular health, and help reduce inflammation. Everyone has growth factors, however, as we age, growth factors naturally diminish in the skin, which can lead to breakdown in cellular function and visible signs of ageing in the skin.

Tensage Intensive Serum 50ampules

Tensage Stem Cell Eye Cream

StemCell Serum Restructuractive

Vitamin C:

Well formulated, stabilised vitamin C provides all-important antioxidant protection and helps visibly improve the appearance of excess pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles for smoother and brighter skin. This antioxidant complex mimics the skin’s natural defensive system and forms a rechargeable antioxidant network. The antioxidants work synergistically to boost their overall antioxidant power, while regenerating each other for long-lasting potency. This means that the vitamin C is uninterrupted to help improve the appearance of excess pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles for brighter, younger-looking skin.

Serum 10 AOX

Energy C Complex (4)

C25 cream Serum


Simply, Peptides (polypeptides) are amino acids that make up certain proteins needed by the skin, in particular collagen. Peptides trick your skin into thinking it’s lost collagen, without actually losing any in order to produce more. Increasing collagen in the skin improves dermal plumpness, structural integrity, increases water content in the skin and can lead to firmer, younger-looking skin.

Dermalift 5.0

Liquid Peptides

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