Dermatologist Review of CosMedix
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CosMedix is a relatively new brand from the Health & Beauty division of Atlanta based Astral Brands.
CosMedix manufactures and markets premier makeup, skin care and professional products designed with consumers, dermatologists, estheticians and plastic surgeons in mind. CosMedix strives to produce effective corrective products that improve skin physiology. From non-wounding antioxidant peels to dietary supplements, CosMedix is committed to health and well-being. Within the CosMedix brand, Results Rx is a revolutionary line of physician-only skin care products designed to enhance results of clinical treatments.
CosMedix designates its product offering as ‘chirally correct’. The skin care products are designed to treat, heal and enhance the appearance of troubled skin. The very first to leverage new technologies in the science of chirality, CosMedix skin treatments use entirely natural ingredients and only the actively helpful isomers of enzymes, antioxidants and acids to correct, protect, nourish and stimulate skin.
The scientific theories regarding chirality and skin care are very interesting. While there is not yet a significant body of scientific data on the subject, skin care manufacturers including CosMedix have begun to embrace chirality as having clinically relevant benefits. In nature, molecules exist in two forms, one being more beneficial than the other. The two molecules are mirror images, like human hands. In molecules, one form can be more beneficial than the other. CosMedix indicates that chiral correction can be very expensive. This is suggested as part of the reason why the exclusive use of chirally correct/purified ingredients is not more widespread.
The use of chirally correct molecules is reported to be associated with a lower risk of allergic and irritant reactions from skin care products. As a result, CosMedix skin care products are considered a good choice for use on sensitive skin. CosMedix products also emphasize natural ingredients that tend to further minimize irritation.
CosMedix products contain several key ingredients that are strategically incorporated into their products. Essential Oils have powerful antiseptic properties that are beneficial to the skin. CosMedix products contain essential oils such as peppermint and tea tree oil. Peppermint oil may help detoxify the skin and heal acne. Tea tree oil soothes the skin and discourages inflammation.
L-lactic acid is included in several CosMedix products. L-lactic acid is a bio salt that occurs naturally in the human body. This ingredient is effective for promoting cell turnover and exfoliation.
Other ingredients, such as witch hazel and willow herb reduce inflammation. These ingredients are beneficial for sensitive skin and skin that is healing from professional resurfacing treatments. Willow herb also helps promote the production of collagen in the skin and is particularly beneficial in anti-aging products.
CosMedix believes that skin health starts inside the body. An unhealthy body may not demonstrate clear, healthy skin, regardless of the skin care products used. The company offers a line of dietary supplements, antioxidants and other beneficial products that work from the inside out. CosMedix believes that cleansing the body of toxins brings the body into balance and helps restore healthy skin. There is scientific evidence to support this idea. Research shows that the skin can be affected by a variety of health related factors. Infections, hormonal imbalances, allergies and the health of the internal organs all affect the skin, which is generally considered to be the body’s largest organ
CosMedix supplements and vitamins are promoted to help heal the skin from the inside. SKINamins are dietary supplements that are designed to have a beneficial effect on the skin. The supplements are reported to facilitate cell renewal, stimulate circulation and fight free radicals – a widely accepted cause of aging skin. The vitamins, minerals and enzymes in these supplements minimize the inflammation caused by acne and rosacea, thereby helping the skin to appear clear and calm.
Skin health is, to a certain extent, affected by diet. A diet that includes a wide variety of fruits and vegetables is likely to be beneficial for skin. Cosmedix Balance contains 44 fruit and vegetable extracts, essential fats and trace minerals. The nutrients in this supplement are beneficial for the entire body, including the skin.
CosMedix makes kits for different skin care needs. The CosMedix Correct Kit is a skin care regimen designed for intensive correction and skin renewal. The kit contains small sizes of four popular products - Benefit Clean, Affirm firming serum, Protect moisturizing cream with UV protection and Define resurfacing treatment. The trial size products are great for travel and allow newcomers to CosMedix to try out the line.
CosMedix offers two kits to use in conjunction with professional resurfacing treatments. The Prep Kit is a 10-day kit that is intended for use prior to a peel. The kit contains Purity Clean, Protect, Defy and Refine. The Post Kit is designed for us after resurfacing and contains products to make the healing process faster and more comfortable.
As with several other medical grade skin care lines, CosMedix require a consultation prior to purchase. The products are primarily sold through doctors and estheticians, rather than in department stores. During the brief pre-purchase consultation, a skin care expert will ask questions related to skin type and any skin conditions requiring treatment. Based on this consultation, the skin care expert can recommend products, treatments or supplements designed to optimize results in specific situations.
CosMedix is an interesting new brand with a unique marketing niche – natural ingredient rich products with chirally correct molecules. The brand seems to have broad appeal; its face and body products are well liked by consumers. CosMedix has pleasant packaging and the Correct Kit is an ideal initiation for those new to the brand.
Review posted 7/31/2008.Add Comment »
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