If you have ever started a diet and fitness regime, you would know that your results are not only achieved from what you do at the gym, but also your lifestyle and diet choices at home.
In fact, about 70 percent of your results will come from the choices you make outside the gym. The same principle applies to your skin health and the improvements you can achieve – 70 percent is determined by what you do at home, and 30 per cent is how we can help you with your in-salon treatments.
This is why using prescribed cosmeceutical skincare is so important!
It will help you to work towards your skin goals between visits, as well as, ensuring your skin is becoming stronger in preparation for more advanced treatments.
Skincare is best used regularly – every day, morning and night.
It’s not that hard – honestly!
Five minutes twice daily will definitely result in visible improvements.
Cosmeceutical skincare uses active ingredients that do actually have the ability to help to repair the DNA in the cells, encourage cell turnover and increase the production of collagen and elastin. They also can help to draw moisture to the skin, hydrating and helping to repair the skin’s barrier.
Antioxidants also help to protect the skin against damaging environmental factors. It is also good practice to use cosmeceutical skin care prior to undertaking advanced skin treatments. This will ensure better outcomes from your treatment. Sometimes we require you to use a particular product that contains the same active ingredient as the treatment that is recommended, in order to build tolerance to that ingredient and avoid unwanted skin reactions.
It’s important to note that not all skincare products are equal. In order to be strengthening and improving your skin in between clinical treatments, the use of cosmeceutical-grade products is essential.
Cosmetics found on supermarket and pharmacy shelves do not possess the ability to fundamentally change the skin and the way it functions. They are not chemically engineered to be able to penetrate the lipid barrier and enter the deeper layers of the epidermis. Even if they advertised to have the same strength as some of the cosmeceutical products, they do not have the research and engineering behind them to allow them to penetrate the cells and actually change the way they work.
Cosmeceuticals contain potent active ingredients, with scientifically proven delivery systems, to ensure they are encouraging change at a cellular level. Sitting between cosmetic and pharmaceutical levels, they can be seen as a solution, as opposed to a temporary fix.
We recommend booking in for a skin consultation. We can analyse your skin and see what is happening below the surface – what is not visible to the naked eye. We know that is tempting to purchase products online and at the pharmacy or department store, but without a diagnosis from a professional, you may be wasting your money on products that aren’t right for your skin.
It is also important to be aware of marketing tactics, grand claims and influencer promotion. These can all be very persuasive, but many of the mass-produced brands they are promoting contain low-strength actives, are watered down, and may use chemical filler ingredients that have little to no scientific research into their efficacy. Also, what works for someone else may not be suitable for you!
The cosmeceutical ranges used at Essence are formulated with potent and proven active ingredients which researched extensively and are scientifically proven when prescribed correctly to support and improve your skin long term.