Cosmeceuticals are skin care products that contain topically applied ingredients that may provide physiological benefit to the skin and have demonstrated benefits in the treatment of antiageing and photodamaged skin.
Some common ingredients used in cosmeceuticals include: Alpha and Beta hydroxy acids (AHA’S and BHA’s) such as ascorbic acid (vitamin C), citric acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid are thought to be effective in increasing skin exfoliation, decreasing uneven pigmentation, and promoting the skin’s ability to hold moisture. Retinol(vitamin A) has been shown to improve the effects of photodamage and stimulate the production of collagen. Antioxidants, such as Vitamin C and E are believed to protect the skin from photodamage by decreasing the production of free radicals that damage normal skin cells. Vitamin C is also thought to repair collagen damage and stimulate its production.
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