Cosmeceuticals vs Off the Shelf

Product formulation is one the core differences between standard off-the-shelf skincare products and premium cosmeceuticals.

But what does ‘cosmeceutical’ actually mean?

Cosmeceuticals are scientifically-developed products that have proven, evidence-based active ingredients at the correct strengths to support and regulate the skin.

They are available over the counter (i.e. they’re not pharmaceuticals which require a prescription), but unlike off-the-shelf products, they’re formulated with active ingredients known to treat and support many different skin concerns, including photo ageing (premature ageing caused by UV exposure) and acne.

What You’ll Find in Cosmeceuticals

Although the name sounds a little intense, cosmeceuticals need not be made with synthetic ingredients. In fact, nature provides some of the most powerful active ingredients our skin needs.

Some of the most common active ingredients you’ll see in cosmeceutical skincare are:

  • Vitamin A (aka Retinol)
  • Vitamin B-3 (aka Niacinamide)
  • Vitamin C L-Ascorbic Acid)
  • AHAs (aka glycolic acid, lactic acid)
  • BHAs (aka salicylic acid)
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Peptides

All SHS products are 100% natural, science-based and clinically proven cosmeceutical formulations.