The Low-Down on Cosmeceuticals

Here's the 411 to cosmeceuticals! Advice to take you on your skincare journey through French Beauty Co's cosmeceutical heaven. All the actives you know and love like Retinol, Vitamin C and Salicylic Acid.
The Low-Down on Cosmeceuticals - French Beauty Co.

When it comes to skincare, one category reigns supreme for its ability to transform the look and feel of your skin. Whether your concerns are fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, lack of elasticity or congestion, there’s a cosmeceutical for you! But wait… What are cosmeceuticals and do you really need to incorporate cosmeceuticals into your routine? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Today we’re taking a deep dive into cosmeceuticals.  


So… What *is* a cosmeceutical?

Cosmeceuticals (a fun portmanteau of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals) are super-powered skincare formulas. They contain high levels of active ingredients like Vitamin C, retinol, antioxidants and more to work hard to give you the results that you want. These potent formulas are designed to sit in between ‘regular’ skincare and prescription-grade skin care. Like all cosmetics, they’re available without a prescription but contain scientifically proven ingredients that improve and support the skin’s natural functions.  


So where do I start with cosmeceutical skincare?

A great place to start is by upgrading your cleanser to a cosmeceutical formula.

If your skin is oily and prone to congestion, the SVR SEBIACLEAR Foaming Wash-Off Gel is a great cosmeceutical upgrade for your routine. It contains a potent Poly-Hydroxy Acid that works to gently exfoliate the skin while infusing it with hydration to leave your skin softer, smoother, and looking clearer.

A great cleanser upgrade for all skin types is the Filorga Foam Cleanser – this luxurious feeling foam is formulated with fan-favourite ingredient Hyaluronic Acid to deeply hydrate skin while you cleanse the day away.

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What’s the best cosmeceutical product to treat my skin concerns?

As a rule of thumb, serums are going to be the most potent products in any cosmeceutical range. These lightweight formulas are used after cleansing but before your moisturiser and contain the highest percentage of active ingredients to really give you transformative results. The key to finding a cosmeceutical serum that will give you the transformative results that you’re looking for is to match the key ingredients to your concerns. We’ve broken it down for you below!  


For Fine Lines and Wrinkles the ingredient to look for: Retinol

Retinol is a potent derivative of Vitamin A that works to help increase skin-cell turnover, repair damage from UV radiation and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This ingredient is truly the ultimate multi-tasking active ingredient to incorporate into your skincare routine to treat a range of concerns. Make sure that you only use retinol at night though, as it's deactivated by sunlight!  

Find it in: SVR Ampoule [A] Lift and Avène Cleanance WOMEN Smoothing Night Cream

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For Congestion the ingredient to look for: Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid is a Beta-Hydroxy Acid or BHA. This unique ingredient works hard to exfoliate the skin by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells, so they naturally shed more easily. Unlike other acids, Salicylic Acid is oil soluble, meaning that it can work deep within the pore to reduce congestion, and inflammation and balance out excess oil production. This ingredient can be used in the morning or evening.

Find it in: Etat Pur Salicylic 2% and SVR Sebiaclear Active Gel 

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For Pigmentation the ingredient to look for: Vitamin C

We’re constantly told about the incredible benefits of ingesting Vitamin C, but did you know that it’s a pigmentation fighter when applied topically? This unique ingredient helps to prevent pigmentation from forming, while also lightening existing dark spots. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect skin from environmental damage too. Due to its antioxidant properties, it’s a great ingredient to incorporate into your morning skincare routine!  

Find it in: SVR Ampoule [C] Anti-Ox and SVR[C20] Biotic Revitalising Radiance Cream

For Lack of Elasticity The ingredient to look for: Peptides

Peptides are like the cool new kids on the block. These chains of amino acids work by telling your skin to dosomething. Think of them as personal trainers for your skin that help to increase collagen and elastin production. The result? Skin that looks firmer, more defined, and more youthful. They’re a great supporting ingredient for other cosmeceutical ingredients and can be used morning and evening.  

Find them in: Etat Pur Peptide-4 Pro-collagen and Filorga Time-Filler Wrinkles Cream

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Now that you know all about cosmeceuticals, it’s time for you to explore our range of cosmeceuticals! Just remember, when introducing potent serums into your routine, start slowly by using them every other day for the first two weeks to give your skin a chance to acclimatise. Enjoy the glow!

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