It’s the perfect combination of health-care-plus-beauty-care! Forget the regular skin and hair care brands you routinely pick; it’s time to switch to these ‘do good and look great’ beauty buys. New-age Dermo-Cosmetics have taken the skin and hair industry by storm with specific products being formulated for precisely defined skin types or complaints. Created in collaboration with dermatologists and trichologists, these scientifically formulated products do more than they claim. Besides, you know you can have blindfolded trust with their formulas even without your doctor’s opinion or prescription. Hailed with years of first-hand practical knowledge and experience, these scientific potions address and treat the problem from the root; be it specific skin concerns or not. Designed to be hypoallergenic, ‘dermo cosmetics’ are manufactured in sterile conditions and have clinical studies to support their claims for a perfect synergy between healthcare and beauty care.
There’s a plethora of dermo-cosmetic brands available at Nykaa that you can pick from. The likes of Cetaphil, Professional O3+, Dermalogica, A-Derma, Cheryl’s Cosmecueticals, Derma Essentia, Sebamed, Avène, Bioderma, Bio Oil, Kaya Clinic, Kaya Youth, Skin Lab, Richfeel, Dr Batra’s, Dr Sheth’s, Ducray, Dr Vaidya’s, True Derma Essentials... The list is extensive. Dig deeper and you’ll also find makeup brands joining this bandwagon.
While they unanimously offer high quality, effective skin solutions, what makes them stand out from other generic skin buys? Let’s investigate.
Benefits of Dermo-Cosmetic Products:
1. More Potent Ingredients
Dermo-Cosmetic products feature active ingredients and performance ingredients in higher concentrations. The ingredients are more potent because they are formulated under the guidance of trained skin care professionals. Therefore, the concentration of ingredients such as peptides, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Retinols, Vitamins and Niacinamide are much higher in Dermo-Cosmetic brands than OTC products.
2. More Advanced Ingredients
By definition, dermo-cosmetic products undergo rigorous clinical and consumer testing to ensure efficacy on sensitive or fragile skins. For instance, Avène products are formulated with the unique Avène Thermal Spring Water that runs in the South of France and cater to sensitive, atopic, intolerant and allergy prone skin. Ducray products are formulated with Rhealba® oats cultivated organically in the South of France and offer unique soothing cleansing, moisturizing, anti-aging, anti-acne and hyper-pigmentation formulas.
3. Higher Quality Ingredients
The source, grade, purity, and effectiveness of ingredients in Dermo-Cosmetic brands are often pharmaceutical grade. For example, the best ester forms of Vitamin C—Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (THDA) and Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP)—are common ingredients in dermo-cosmetic products. Similarly, Ascorbic Acid, the acidic form of Vitamin C, which is highly unstable, is more likely to be properly stabilized in a dermo-cosmetic product.
4. Better Delivery Of Ingredients
Besides being top notch ingredients, the technology of delivery of the product into skin is far superior in dermo-cosmetic brands. Skin is quite impermeable—a good thing considering all the pollutants and chemicals that come in contact with it—making it harder for skin benefitting ingredients to penetrate the dermis and reach lower layers of skin where they can actually have an effect. Dermo-cosmetic products are specially formulated with sophisticated delivery systems to reach where they are needed most.
5. More Sophisticated Formulations
Dermo-cosmetic products are designed to be multi-tasking with a more thorough approach to treating the root cause of a problem. For example, Bioderma Sebium Global Intensive Purifying Care is designed for oily skin but has more targeted ingredients than a standard oil absorbing or pore minimizing formula. Their patented fluidactiv complex offers hydration by treating the root cause of blemishes on a cellular level. Zinc gluconate and enoxolone reduce redness and any irritation, while a blend of AHA esters and dermatological agents work simultaneously to zap blemishes.
6. Should You Use Dermo-Cosmetic Formulas?
Using Dermo-Cosmetic brands is not a prerequisite for good skin. A healthy lifestyle and a customized skin and hair care routine suited to your skin and scalp type are more important than the brands you use. However, if you have problem skin and scalp concerns – anything between acne to alopecia—you should definitely consider using dermo-cosmetic products.
Comment below to tell us which are your favorite Dermo-Cosmetic buys!