How do cosmeceuticals work?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD

To fight the signs of the aging process, cosmeceuticals try to prevent more degradation from happening or encourage and stimulate the senescent skin factory in the dermis to get moving. Antioxidants quench toxic free radicals, stopping them from wreaking havoc and causing inflammation, DNA mutations, and collagen destruction.

Other cosmeceutical components - peptides, retinol, and growth factors, among others - are supposed to do things such as fire up collagen production, stop its destruction, slow down the aging process of skin cells, firm the skin, and increase hydration in the extracellular matrix of the dermis.

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