As a Clinic that focusses on healthy skin we will often be asked why we stock the skincare range we do.
The answer is simple really. We wanted an effective cosmeceutical range that provides great results at a reasonable price.
The next question we are usually asked is “What is a cosmeceutical?”
It is best explained is we break skin care down into 3 categories.
In 1938, the American food and drug authority (the FDA) established the definition of a cosmetic product that is still generally used today, even by our own TGA in Australia. Basically, they are products that cover, fill or hide.
They focus on feeling good and smelling good. So, needless to say they will have fragrances added. This classification will cover lots of cleansers and moisturisers. It can also include makeup. Often, they are petroleum based to give them that “feel good” consistency as we apply them to our skin.
These are generally beauty brand products that are found in retail outlets. They are a cosmetic to which some active ingredients have been added, usually to enhance advertising claims. The formulas focus again on the texture and fragrance, not necessarily the results they can provide. They are also usually manufactured in cosmetic factories and not pharmaceutical facilities. A simple way to see how much of the ingredient you need to treat your skin concern is contained in the product is exactly like checking food products for sugar, fat or salt. If it is one of the first products mentioned, the concentration will be higher than for the products listed at the end.
Many of these products are tested on animals in order that they can sell into the huge Chinese market, where cosmetics, by law have to comply with this type of testing.
Cosmeceuticals are pharmaceutical grade skin care products. The term was first used in 1980 by dermatologists describing pharmaceutical products for cosmetic use. These products generally have a higher concentration of active ingredients and are usually manufactured in pharmaceutical facilities to exacting standards.
The first molecules added to skincare to start this revolution were Vitamin A and AHA’s. (Alpha Hydroxy Acids). These are still the best cosmeceutical ingredients for skin normalisation and anti-ageing.
The most effective and well-researched AHAs are glycolic acid and lactic acid. Malic acid, citric acid, and tartaric acid are often used, but to a lesser extent as they have been shown to be less stable.
Cosmeceuticals are required to be peer reviewed and you will usually find independent papers published in medical journals.
Joe Lewis, the formulator of our product range, is credited with developing and launching the world’s first glycolic acid (AHA) product in 1983. His approach was all about simplifying skin care and promoting just three basic needs: Protection and correction, exfoliation & cell turnover, and encouraging stimulation.
It’s a philosophy that we embrace here at Lyte. Skincare does not have to be complicated or expensive to produce amazing results. In fact, we know that the simpler it is, the more likely it is that you will continue to use it and achieve the best possible outcomes.