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Skin Health Emporium

Why Cosmeceuticals?

Cosmeceuticals vs Cosmetics


The Skin Health Emporium (S.H.E) knows that understanding the difference between what cosmeceuticals and cosmetics are the first, and probably the most important step you can take towards empowering yourself to achieve ultimate skin health.

Skin is a living, breathing, biological organisms that have very specific structures and functions that are critical for our health and survival.

Education enables and empowers you to understand how and why cosmeceuticals make a difference to your skin health.


Coined from the fusing of the terms cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, Cosmeceuticals are cosmetic products that contain biologically active ingredients that are defined as having a drug-like or medical effect when applied. These effects include changing the way skin cells behave the impact they have on the structures and functions of your skin. The use of cosmeceuticals is intended for achieving optimal skin health, not beautification.

Ingredients such as Hydroxy Acids, Retinol, peptides, stems cells and sunscreens are some of, but not limited to, ingredients classed as having a cosmeceutical effect on the skin. These are the class of ingredients that will optimise the health of your skin for the long-term.


Cosmetics are a class of products that are the classic ‘beauty’ products, designed to temporally improve the look and feel of your skin and make us more attractive to the opposite sex by masking flaws or enhancing facial features.
Make-up, nail polish, lipsticks, deodorants, and skin products sit within the category of Cosmetics.

According to the Australian Governments Department of Health National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNACS), a cosmetic is classified as: “a substance that is designed to be used on any external part of the human body—or inside the mouth—to change its odours, change its appearance, cleanse it, keep it in good condition, perfume it or protect it.

Optimising skin health and function – long term benefits and resultsBeautifying, masking products, short-terms effects
Trendsetters – maintains quality standard of original formulaTrend Followers – inferior version of original formula
Minimalist packaging - $ is in the formulationLuxurious and high-end packaging – huge $ into luxe packaging
Free from artificial fragrances – scented by essential oils and botanical extractsArtificial fragrances for a signature aroma.
Feels luxurious and silky – therapeutic non-Comedogenic plant based, skin identical oilsFeels silky and luxurious – cheap and non-therapeutic, Comedogenic mineral oils, isopropyl Myristate, lanolin
The product and its results create the brand identityCelebrity or Super Model ‘it girl’ is used to create the brand identity
Sold through skin clinics where a qualified Skin Therapists conducts a consultation and skin analysis in order to correctly prescribe the productsSold through Department Stores and/or Pharmacies. Self-serve, over-the-counter purchase culture
Formula contains the highest therapeutic levels of active ingredients permitted in the use of cosmeceuticals to product change in the skinUsually, contains very minimal active ingredients to enable it to be marketed in a convincing way to deceive the consumer
Priced within a range of $50 upwardsPriced within a wide range anywhere from $5 to $500!
High Investment in Research and Development of formulas with less focus on marketing and advertisingHigh investment on Marketing and Advertising and less investment and focus on formulating
(Sources: www.nicnas.gov.au; A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, 7th Edition, Ruth Winter.)

We encourage you to explore the new horizon and results you can achieve for your skin by using medical grade skin-care based on clinically proven and researched cosmeceuticals that deliver results for your skin concerns – for the long term!

S.H.E connects you with world-class brands in cosmeceutical, corrective and medical grade skin care.  We believe everybody regardless of age, budget, lifestyle demands or time constraints deserves to have vibrant, healthy glowing skin.

We are dedicated to ensuring there are no obstacles for you achieving incredible results for your skin and wellness.

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