REBECCA KAZIN, MD FAAD

QUESTIONS ABOUT COSMECEUTICALS

Peptides, antioxidants, vitamins, and brighteners—these are the types of ingredients you can expect to find in cosmeceuticals, skin care products that bridge the categories of over-the-counter creams and physician prescribed treatments.

Can cosmeceuticals replace BOTOX® and fillers and keep you from needing a facelift? Probably not, but advancements in topical treatments means that they work to minimize existing signs of age and definitely help delay the development of new ones.

Despite the common belief that moisturizers are the mainstay of all skin care regimens, they are quite often overused. Moisturizers have the potential to clog pores and cause irritation, and are best used mainly on dry skin areas, and with older, thinner skin. Aside from the usual humectants and emollients, moisturizers today are also loaded with antioxidants, AHAs and BHAs, botanical soothing agents such as bisabolol, allantoin, licorice, chamomile, green tea extract, and sunscreens. One important moisturizing agent is hyaluronic acid, the same component found in injectable wrinkle fillers like Restylane® and Juvederm®, which reduces dryness and plumps up skin cells because it literally holds water in the skin.

To find out which anti-aging cosmeceuticals are right for you, schedule a consultation with board certified dermatologist Dr. Rebecca Kazin.