Cosmeceuticals are skin care products that have noticeable biological actions on your skin. They work! Just read these comments from a few of our happy customers:
I am extremely pleased with Obagi! I have extensive melasma that covers most of my face. I tried everything possible to lighten it, but nothing helped, and some treatments even made it worse. Obagi lightened, perfected and rejuvenated my skin. Majority of dark patches were completely gone and what little remained was barely noticeable. Thank you very much!
MH, 40, Newmarket
Lorivia is AWESOME. My face and neck and chest and "other parts" are so much clearer!
Cosmeceuticals are cosmetics with pharmaceutical properties. Unlike pure cosmetics that simply cover or decorate the skin, cosmeceuticals have measurable biologic effects on the skin.
All the cosmeceuticals that we carry are manufactured according to GMP Rules. These are the same rules and regulations that the pharmaceutical companies must follow when they make prescription drugs. These companies adhere to the regulations and guidlines set out by Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. So these are products of the highest quality, and they are only available through doctors' offices.
There are too many ingredients on the market to completely answer this question. New substances are being investigated and introduced at a dizzying pace.
The following substances have well established reputations and scientific evidence of efficacy:
Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant. It provides immediate neutralization of free radials produced by ionizing radiation from sunlight and exposure to environmental toxins such as cigarette smoke. It also stimulates new collagen formation.
Vitamin A derivatives (retinoids): antioxidant, exfoliant, collagen stimulator. Present in many over-the-counter preparations, often in quantities that are too low to have much benefit.
Oligopeptides: collagen stimulators
Argirilene: a topical muscle relaxant that is an offshoot of research into synthetic Botox. It can reduce the depth of lines by up to 30% with continuous use.
Ceramides: copies of your body's natural oils for the best in moisturizing
Growth factors: substances your body requires for the normal growth of skin
Hydroquinone and kojic acid: these inhibit the formation of pigment and result in "bleaching" of age spots and sun damage.
Alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids (AHAs)(eg. glycolic acid): for daily exfoliation and control of pigment and acne.
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