Cosmetic v. Cosmedical

Skincare Classifications – Cosmetic versus Cosmedical

With so many genres of skin products available on the market today, consumers and skin professionals alike are bombarded with multitudes of claims, promises and efficacies. With so many various categories of skin care available, Skinstitut cuts the hype and gives a dose of skin reality!

So what is the difference?


A cosmetic can be classed maintains the surface of the skin. Including cleansers, toners, masks and moisturisers, this category of products are often found in supermarkets, department stores and include many professional beauty ranges.

Unable to pass through the stratum corneum to access the deeper layers of the skin, cosmetics have no real ability to create any structural changes or to deliver any long term results for treatment of more aggressive skin issues such as acne, photo-damage, hyperpigmentation or severe sensitivity. For this reason, it is rare to see a cosmetic range prescribed in a medical or paramedical skin environment.


Represent the marriage of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

The powerful combination of active ingredients in cosmeceutical products actually improves the condition of the skin and its underlying health Defined as the link between a cosmetic and a pharmaceutical, cosmeceuticals were the new breed of medically engineered products that began to emerge in the early 1980s.

With the discovery and patenting of Alpha Hydroxy Acids around this time, cosmeceuticals still to this day, generally combine the power of both Glycolic and Lactic Acids with other actives such as Retinol and antioxidants to create long lasting results beyond the surface of the skin.

Usually available in medical practices and professional skin clinics, Cosmeceuticals are best prescribed by a skin professional.


With cosmeceutical technology nearly 30 years old, the latest and most up to date category of skin care that may be purchased without a prescription are Cosmedicals. Often described as an advanced cosmeceutical, cosmedicals have the ability to target not only present and past skin damage, but also provide the skin with an element of prevention for the future.

Cosmedicals are often based on medically and clinically documented blends of AHAs, Retinoids, Vitamin C, Peptides, Antioxidants and SPF technology. Chiral and encapsulation technology further enhances these actives, enabling the deepest delivery result possible.

Cosmedics is the bringing together of medical grade actives and cosmetic science. Cosmedics are considered the “heavy weapons” when you don’t want to take any chances. They are the skin saviours and are best recruited when you are treating concerning skin conditions and looking to preserve or regain skin health and skin youth.

Just as all active ingredients are not equal, the same can be said with product formulations and efficacy.

So invest wisely. The Glo beauty salons do!

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