At Cowshed we like to partner with brands who share our values and whose products complement our own range. That's why our therapists love using SkinCeuticals in facials and recommend the advanced skincare brand's products to treat specific skincare concerns. You can shop SkinCeuticals in our spas and now on our website too.
Founded in 1997, SkinCeuticals is recommended by dermatologists worldwide. These cosmeceutical products combine skincare with science and contain pharmaceutical grade, biologically active ingredients which penetrate deeply into the epidermis, interacting with enzymes and proteins. If you’re not used to cosmeceuticals, you might experience an unexpected tingling sensation – that’s a good thing! The highly active ingredients mean you’ll feel and see a difference very quickly.
The heart of the brand is Vitamin C – an important molecule for radiance which stimulates collagen production. SkinCeuticals use the highest levels and best quality Vitamin C available. The three pillars of SkinCeuticals are PREVENT, CORRECT and PROTECT. Products are designed to help prevent future damage, protect healthy skin and correct the visible signs of previous skin damage.
Exposure to smoke and air pollution can have negative effects on the appearance of skin, while sunlight causes photoaging, contributing to lines, wrinkles and discolouration. The PREVENT range of serums, including C E Ferulic and Phloretin C F Gel, is designed to slow down deterioration and improve skin health (it’s much easier to improve radiance on healthy skin) while treating the causes of skin ageing with anti-oxidants.
Think of PREVENT as ‘underwear’ for your skin – always remember to put it on after the ‘shower’ (cleansing). Free from additives, fragrance or parabens, these serums sink in quickly, boost the action of your favourite cream and are effective for 24 hours. Just pat a few drops over your face then apply your moisturiser as normal.
Over time skin begins to change and fine lines, wrinkles, discolouration and loss of elasticity can become more apparent. This can be due to collagen breakdown, slower cell turnover and loss of moisture, with sun exposure, environmental factors and smoking intensifying the damage. SkinCeuticals’ corrective products are formulated to help correct the signs of ageing.
The new Phyto Corrective Gel Masque was created due to high demand. Apply it to sensitive skin and let the formulation with plant extracts and hyaluronic acid cool things down (it feels even more amazing if you keep it in the fridge!) Doctors use it after laser treatment and it's great for when you've been out in the heat, exercising or after a shower. It plumps, cools and reduces redness and is suitable for all ages and skin types.
Often if you’re treating wrinkles, creams can be heavy and actually cause breakouts, while if you’re tackling spots they can make the skin dry and tight. Blemish & Age Defense has salicylic acids – the same as are used in chemical peels – so you can treat breakouts and tackle wrinkles at same time. Just apply a few drops to congested skin, acne or specific blemishes.
You can’t treat hyperpigmentation then not bother with SPF, so think of the ‘Protect’ range as the final layer in your beauty wardrobe - the skin’s ‘jacket’! There are tinted and non-tinted versions of SkinCeuticals’ sunscreens, which feature mineral filters and Mexoryl SX/XL to provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection for the skin. Use the tinted one if you want to skip foundation - it’s also good after a peel if your skin is very red and needs protection.