Can I buy Skincare from the Chemist or Supermarket?

A burning question in the world of Skincare & Beauty! Why can I not get my skincare from the Chemist? Isn’t it all the same? Well, the answer lies in knowing the difference between Cosmetics and Cosmeceutical skincare.

What are Cosmetics?

Cosmetics are products bought in chemists, supermarkets and also most brands that are sold in department stores.

These products have a small number of active ingredients , unfortunately not enough to penetrate the skin or have any benefit.

They might feel good and smell good but have no real purpose and may even irritate the skin. They are expensive because you are paying for the "brand name." They may hydrate and protect your skin for an hour or two, but that's about it.

What are Cosmeceuticals?

A Cosmeceutical is a product with a high percentage of active ingredients present in its formula.

The ability of the product to penetrate the skin is higher than the Cosmetic products due to its delivery system, that allows the skin to absorb the essential ingredients deep down into its layers, where they can be most effective and beneficial to address particular skin concerns.

Cosmeceutical products are all toxic-free and contain safe active ingredients and plant-derived vitamins. They are purchased through skincare professionals who are trained in results-driven skincare & ingredients.

We here at Skinmart take pride in providing the Highest Quality Skincare. We thrive on delivering results for the skin through our product ranges and treatments.

If you have been purchasing your skincare from the supermarket or the pharmacy, but would like to learn more about Cosmeceuticals and how they can actually improve your skin, you can book a Complimentary Skin Consultation with us We can promise you, after learning what Cosmeceuticals can actually do for your skin, you won’t be heading back to the Chemist for your products!

If you are looking to start, here are some starter kits to try!

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Ideal for people keen to experience the Aspect difference. Gently cleanse, hydrate, exfoliate and give your skin protection from environmental aggressors.


  • Purastat 5 Cleanser 30ml
  • Extreme C 20 Vitamin C Serum 15ml
  • Exfol L 15 Exfoliating Serum 15ml
  • Phytostat 9 Moisturiser 15g
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The ultimate anti-ageing starter regime featuring hero products from Medik8's vitamin A, B and C ranges.


  • Calmwise Soothing Cleanser 40ml (TEMPORARILY REPLACING GENTLE CLEANSER) -This gentle foaming cleanser has been specifically designed for redness-prone skin. Infused with calming, strengthening and conditioning actives, it helps to soothe sensitivity and improve skin health.
  • C-Tetra 30ml - Restore radiance and fight visible signs of ageing with C-Tetra, a super-light daily vitamin C serum.
  • Hydr8 B5 30ml - This lightweight and easily-absorbed hydrating gel delivers skin-softening pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and moisture-enhancing hyaluronic acid to produce rapid and significant improvements in the general condition and feel of the skin.
  • Retinol 3TR 15ml - Reveal a more youthful appearance with this lightweight Intelligent Retinol (vitamin A) serum. Designed to complement skin’s nightly regenerative cycle, Retinol 3TR resurfaces while you sleep to rejuvenate skin and restore radiance.

About the Author

My name is Rochelle, I have been lucky enough to be in the Beauty Industry for over 30 years helping clients achieve amazing results with their skin.

With 3 children of my own, I understand life is busy, so I'd love to help you find the best regimen that works for you and your lifestyle!

Having owned my own traditional based Beauty Salon and time in the Laser Industry, I've learnt that my passion lies in results-driven skin treatments and products. I feel so fortunate to have the most amazing brands at my fingertips. This allows me to give the best possible treatment and home care advice you need to achieve the skin you desire.

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