Important Cosmeceuticals: Part 3

Let us continue our discussion on buzz-worthy cosmeceutical ingredients. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here.

Blueberry Extract

This ingredient is found in anti-aging creams such as SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex and A.G.E Interrupter. It is naturally derived and both an antioxidant and anti-glycation ingredient to help improve skin integrity, decrease skin redness, and prevent the appearance of wrinkles and laxity.

Centella Asiatica 

This ingredient is found in anti-aging topical products at our Naples- and Marco Island-based practice. Derived from a plant native to Asia, this ingredient helps protect skin from environmental stress and stimulate collagen growth while improving wound healing. It is found in SkinCeuticals Epidermal Repair. 

Citric Acid

Citric acid is found in moisturizers, exfoliating moisturizers, anti-aging cream, acne creams, and peels. It is a type of alpha hydroxy acid that could help speed skin cell turnover and lead to peeling. In addition, it could also help attract water into the skin. This results in improved radiance and smoothness of the skin. Citric acid is a key ingredient in SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense.

Lipohydroxy Acid (LHA)

LHA is a derivative of salicylic acid found in exfoliating creams, lotions, and serums such as SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense. This ingredient causes an exfoliating effect by influencing skin cell shedding and decongesting clogged pores. 


Proxylane is found in anti-wrinkle creams, lotions, and serums such as SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex and A.G.E Interrupter. It stimulates the production of proteoglycan, a water absorbing molecule in the skin, thereby restoring water and nutrients to skin. This leads to improved plumpness, elasticity, and firmness of the skin.

Purple Rice Extract

Purple rice extract is found in antioxidant products and moisturizers such as the SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier. In addition to its antioxidant properties, it also helps improve skin hydration. 

Reach out online to schedule a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist or our medical aesthetician at Skin Wellness Physicians if you are interested in these products. 

Dr. Vivian Wong

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