Daily application of skin care products is often underestimated due to the common assumption that they ‘don’t work’. This is often the case as the majority of skincare products will feel nice on the skin and temporarily plump up the lines, but don’t produce any long term improvements due to a lack of ‘active’ ingredients.
The main function of Moisturisers is to:
- Enhance the appearance of the skin by retaining moisture levels
- Promote and restore the skins barrier function
- Attract and retain water in the epidermis
- Create a barrier to reduce Trans-Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL)
- They may or may not act as a carrier for active ingredients
There are 3 main categories used to perform these functions, they are: Occlusives, Humectants and Emollients:
- Prevent TEWL by forming a hydrophobic film on the skins surface
- Best applied to damp skin
- Often feels greasy (exception of silicone derivatives)
- Often combined with humectants to further increase skin hydration.
- Water soluble agents capable of high water absorption
- Able to attract water from the atmosphere if humidity is greater than approx. 80%
- Attract water molecules from the dermis to the epidermis so should be combined with an occlusive agent to prevent TEWL
- Can have a ‘plumping’ effect of the outer layer of skin due to increased water levels improving the appearance of fine lines and skin texture
Examples: Glycerin, Urea, AHA’s, Propylene glycol.
Oily substances used in moisturisers and cleansers for their moisturising properties
Soften and smooth the epidermis by filling in spaces between the desquamating corneocytes (Outer skin cells)
More recently, advanced skincare formulations have the additional benefit of providing the delivery of active ingredients to perform specific functions in the skin and provide noticeable improvements. (Visit our glossary of active ingredients)
Famed Dermatologist Dr Albert Kligman coined the term ‘cosmeceutical’ due to the substantial improvements produced by their active ingredients. This classification is seen to exist somewhere between a cosmetic product, which will cleanse or enhance the skin and a pharmaceutical drug, which will treat or prevent disease, or cause a change in the body. It is always important to remember though to take an evidence based approach, as there are many other variables effecting their efficacy.
Not only is regular use of skincare products essential in maintaining the skins overall health, prevention of further damage and for ongoing improvements, but it is also recommended to prepare the skin prior to many rejuvenation procedures. Most surgeons and other treatment providers recommend this skin preparation to reduce the risks of possible complications, speed the healing process, reduce inflammation and improve the formation of scar tissue.
We carry a range of professional and prescription skin care products to ensure all of your skincare needs are met.
Our professional range ‘Ultraceuticals’, is an Australian cosmeceutical providing professional grade, corrective skincare products containing scientifically tested and proven active ingredients such as Vitamins A, C and E, Hyaluronic acid, AHA’s ,and BHA’s to provide you with real results.
During your consultation one of our Dermal Therapists will recommend a personalised skincare program to address your individual skin concerns.
Call us on 9300 0663 or visit our online booking facility to make an appointment.