These products alter the structure and function of the skin. They reverse sun damage, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and treat acne.
At Belle Vue we do not sell cosmeceuticals directly from our website as they contain powerful ingredients and a personalized assessment by a medically qualified person should be made before using them. We are pleased to carry out these assessments without obligation and free of charge.
They should not be confused with cosmetic skin care products which simply cleanse and maintain the skin.
The Cosmeceuticals we stock contain a number of active ingredients, their functions are explained below:
As we go about our daily lives our bodies are continuously bombarded by a variety of harmful free radical molecules. These free radicals are to blame for the majority of skin aging. A free radical is an oxygen molecule that has lost its partnering electron, most commonly by the action of UVA rays, and is now frantically searching for its lost electron. It does this by fixing on to healthy skin cells. This in turn makes the skin cell unstable and eventually affects the way the stem cells multiply and turnover. Anti-oxidants 'mop up' these free radicals.
Hydroquinine, arbutin, kojic acid, mulberry and liquorice
This is a very good antiseptic agent which works well for acne.
AHA - Alpha hydroxy acid. Glycolic acid is the major acid in this group. These small molecules are sourced from natural products e.g. sugar cane, apples, sour milk, grapes and rice. They can penetrate into the skin and help exfoliate and smooth the stratum corneum (the top layer of the skin). There is some evidence that they may even stimulate collagen protection.
BHA - Beta hydroxy acids are derived from the willow and birch tree e.g salicylic acid. They can penetrate the oily material blocking pores so are very beneficial for patients with acne. They are slightly milder than AHAs
PHA - Poly hydroxy acids are made up of larger molecules and are very gentle acids, making them suitable to use as exfoliants on very sensitive skin.
There are 5 reasons why we use acids at Belle Vue:
1 Smoothes the top layer of skin without disrupting the skin's barrier function.
2 They may boost collagen production and so reduce wrinkles.
3 Some acids like salicylic acid are able to enter and exfoliate the pores.
4 Some acids, e.g. lactic acid are fantastic misturisers.
5 Acids helps fade hyperpigmentation.
At Belle Vue we thoroughly analyse your skin type using the Visia® complexion analysis machine so we can advise you on the best skin care program for you.
We are continually searching for the best cosmeceuticals, as new ones come on the market regularly we take care to keep up-to-date with the latest advances.