Cosmedix skincare is a range of products that are medically based and contain active ingredients to noticeably change and improve your skin. Whether you have problems with pigmentation, pores, acne, redness, dullness, or just want better skin, Cosmedix will have a product that will improve and enhance your skin.

Cosmedix is a line of skincare products that strives to produce healthy skin without the irritation that is common in other skincare brands. Many products include ingredients such as acids that strip away layers of skin in order to reveal the fresh skin underneath. This can lead to severe skin irritation and redness for some people. Cosmedix uses effective ingredients that are safe and overall beneficial to allow the skin to look and feel fabulous without irritation.

The calming and nourishing effects of Cosmedix are achieved by using ingredients that are chirally proportionate. Ingredients that are chirally correct are those that have been processed to retain only the properties that do not cause irritation. By maximizing the potential of molecules that react with the skin in a positive manner, the likelihood for adverse reactions is greatly minimized. The result is skin that is devoid of redness and irritation.

Cosmedix is recognized within the cosmetics industry pioneer in the area of chirally appropriate skincare. The Cosmedix line of skincare is consistently recommended by skincare experts such as dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons and physicians because of its ability to enhance the treatment results. It is free from common irritants such as artificial colours and unnecessary preservatives.

Because of the scientific breakthroughs utilized in the formulation of Cosmedix products, the active ingredients in the formulas are at the highest concentration of any other product on the market. This allows users to achieve positive results in a relatively short period of time without redness or irritation. Cosmedix is an effective treatment for those who suffer from common age-related skin problems such as fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Its active ingredients are also helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation and acne scars and can help to reduce redness and brighten the complexion. While the chemistry behind the formulations might seem complex, the goal of Cosmedix is quite simple: to help users achieve the glowing, radiant skin that nature intended. This is achieved by reducing the number of irritating additives by increasing the concentration of chirally correct ingredients to produce skin that is healthy.

At The Victorian Cosmetic Institute, our doctors or nurses can tailor a Cosmedix skincare regime to suit your skin. This is an important part of the process and in order to find a combination to suit your skin, you will need to book an assessment with one of our medical staff. There are some generalised routines for Cosmedix you can follow below, but these are a guide only. A proper assessment will ensure a regime that is more closely suited to your skin type.

Suggested Cosmedix Regimes

Very Oily skin/large pores

AM: Use Purity cleanPurity balance mixed with Pure C crystalsMystic spray during the day for moisture.
PM: Use Purity cleanPurity balanceDefine or Refine Plus to start.

Consider regular purity peels (performed by a medical professional). Consider mineral make-up to reduce pore blockage and further acne.

Very Dry skin

AM: Use Benefit cleanAffirm mixed with Pure C crystals,  and Emulsion.
PM: Use Benefit cleanDefine or Refine (4%)Emulsion, and Rescue balm some nights as a mask.

Consider regular Benefit peels (performed by a medical professional).

Acneic skin  with mostly blackheads

AM: Purity cleanPurity BalanceDefy, and Mystic spray for moisture.
PM: Purity cleanRefine (4%)Clarity serum or Clear mask every few nights as tolerated.

Acneic skin with mostly cysts/redness

AM: Purity cleanPurity Balance and Mystic spray for moisture.
PM: Purity cleanDefineClarity serum or Clear mask every few nights as tolerated.


AM: Use Benefit cleanAffirm
PM: Use Benefit cleanAffirm, Osmosis Calm

  • Cosmedix retinoids tend to be quite irritating on rosacea-prone skin. We tend to recommend products such as Osmosis Calm instead for rosacea-prone skin.
  • Gemini laser treatments are required for broken capillaries.
  • Consider mineral make-up to reduce the sensitivity of skin and rosacea.

Sensitive skin

AM: Use Benefit cleanAffirm with Pure C (if tolerated), Emulsion
PM: Use Benefit cleanAffirm with Pure C (once AM dose is tolerated), Emulsion if the skin is dry.

  • Cosmedix retinoids tend to be quite irritating on rosacea-prone skin. We tend to recommend products such as Osmosis Calm instead for sensitive skin.
  • Not for peels.

Pigmented skin

AM: Use Purity cleanPurity balance with Pure C , Lightening or Lightening MD, Serious / Pure protection, moisturiser of your choice.
PM: Use Purity cleanRefine 4%, moisturiser or your choice.

  • Consider Kligman’s formula instead of Refine 4% (prescription required from a doctor) especially if pigmentation is hormonal (melasma/chloasma)
  • Consider laser for pigmentation including the Medlite and Gemini Lasers. Consider a mineral make-up for added SPF protection.
  • These recommendations may not suit sensitive skin.
  • Due to the wide range of selections in the Cosmedix range, it is best for you to have an assessment of your skin by one of our medical staff to tailor a custom-made program suited to your skin. Some of the products, especially those containing retinols, as well as the Cosmedix Peels are best used under medical supervision and advice.

Cosmedix Range

Purity Clean

Exfoliating Cleanser. Contains L-lactic acid which is an alpha-hydroxy acid that helps to exfoliate epidermal skin cells. Also contains essential peppermint oil as an anti-inflammatory and anti-septic. Excellent for oilier skin types.

Purity Balance

Exfoliating Prep. A toner for those with oily, acne-prone, and sun-damaged skin. Not suited to more sensitive type skins. Has anti-bacterial action, is mildly exfoliating, unclogs follicles, and brightens skin. Can be used for acne, enlarged pores, oily skin, rosacea, sun-damaged skin, and before chemical peels. For more sensitive skin, try Benefit balance/cleanser.


Vitamin A Resurfacing Treatment. Contains 2% L-retinol. Useful for all skin types, acne, sun-damaged skin, dull skin, rosacea, and hyperpigmented skin. This is the lowest strength retinol in the Cosmedix range. A good start to retinols due to its lower strength. Also suited to sensitive skins. Retinols help with skin turnover, hence reducing the number of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, and simultaneously improving acne, wrinkles, and pigmentation problems. (see ‘Refine’ below for higher concentrations of retinol).

Clarity serum

An all-natural serum for treating acne. It blocks hormonal stimulation of sebum, exfoliates, is anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory. Contains L-retinol, Niacinamide (Vitamin B), D-cholic acid, Acetylsalicylic acid, tea tree oil, stone root extract, aloe vera, pregnenolone, witch hazel, and glycerin amongst others.


Age Management Exfoliator.  Excellent for gently removing the top layers of dead skin and thus helping other ingredients to better penetrate the skin. Contains a mix of alpha-hydroxy acids to help exfoliate skin. Also contains anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants. It can be used in combination with Refine to achieve more dramatic results.

Refine and Refine plus

Refinishing Treatment. Contains L-retinol, a potent derivative of vitamin A to help increase skin turnover, promote new collagen and elastin growth, reduce fine lines,a and prevent acne formation. Due to its ‘chirality’ ie it is present in the ‘L’ form, it has less irritation than other retinoids with increased effectiveness. We do recommend that you discuss this treatment with one of our doctors before commencement, as it can be irritating to the skin and not tolerated well by all skin types. Not suitable for use in pregnant or lactating mothers.

Pure Enzymes

Exfoliating Mask. A refreshing yet powerful cranberry enzyme and lactic acid mask. It exfoliates, softens and protects the skin. A good way to ‘clean up’ the last traces of sloughing skin after a chemical peel, or to simply to use periodically as an exfoliating mask. Excellent to soften sebum plugs to help the removal of blackheads. Has anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, moisturising, and calming properties. Suitable for sun-damaged, hyperpigmented, dry, scaly, acne-prone, or acneic skin. Contains cranberry D-catechin, L-Lactic acid, D-glucuronic, L-superoxide dismutase, and L-glutathione. Can be used 1 to 4 times weekly or 2 to 3 times a month. Smooth a thin layer of enzymes on clean dry skin and leave on from 3 to 15 minutes only, then remove.


Liquid Crystal Serum. This is the ultimate eye serum that combines the protective qualities of liquid crystals and Spin Trap, with the collagen/elastin stimulating and repair properties of copper peptides and alpha-lipoic acid.

Pure C

Mixing Crystals. An excellent anti-oxidant for skin. Present in L-ascorbic acid, a stable powder form of Vitamin C that is mixed with water or other Cosmedix products and applied to the skin. It brightens the skin, inhibits melanin, increases collagen production, repairs damaged skin, reduces sun damage, and increases circulation.

Correct & Repair

Products in this group assist the skin’s natural healing process by either providing support to the barrier or as anti-inflammatory ingredients.

emulsion hydrator moisturiser


Intense Hydrator. Emulsion is a deeply penetrating moisturiser that is an extremely soothing and hydrating night treatment for dry, sensitive, and irritated skin. It is suitable for use after peels, microdermabrasion, and all resurfacing treatments. Contains Shea butter, liquid crystals, spin trap, blueberry extract and Jojoba oil.

Benefit Clean

Gentle Cleanser. Benefit Cleanser is a very gentle cleanser that does not dry the skin and is more suitable for drier or sensitive skin types. Contains Zeolite, which is a unique ingredient that traps and removes heavy metal and environmental pollutants, make-up and dirt. As with all Cosmedix products, it is sodium lauryl sulphate free (a preservative), to minimise irritation to the skin. Contains Shea butter, Zeolite, D-glucuronic, and L-menthol.

Benefit Balance

Antioxidant Prep. Benefit Balance is a toner containing anti-oxidants and environmental protection solution. Suitable for all skin types, it contains a number of antioxidants that protect DNA and membrane lipids from free radicals. Suitable for hypersensitive skin, post-operatively, post-peel, post-laser, melasma, pigmentation, environmental/sun damage. Contains L-lactic acid, heavy water, citric acid, D-aloe vera, L-glutathione, L-methol, D-glucuronic, and green tea extract. Spritz on the skin morning and evening. Excellent for use with Pure C.


Clarifying Mask for acne-prone skins or active acne. An absorbent clay that is a medical strength clarifier with sulphur and salicylic acid that reduces excess oiliness, soothes inflamed skin, and improves immunity without drying the skin. Also helps unclog pores and brighten skin. Contains colloidal minerals, L-tartaric acid, salicylic acid, L-arbutin, Niacinamide, L-ascorbic acid, willow herb, L-melaleuca, D-alpha tocopherol, and allantoin. Can be used as a spot treatment or as a mask. May use from 3 times a week to daily.


Balm & Mask. A calming and moisturising mix to be used as a balm post microdermabrasion, peel, laser, or just for very dry skins. Relieves symptoms of irritated/inflamed skin. Immediately calms and helps to restore the skin to its healthy condition. Is also anti-inflammatory, emollient, antibacterial, and helps with skin healing, treats redness and is an anti-oxidant. Can be used post-peel, post-laser, post-waxing, for eczema, dermatitis, and as a hydrating mask treatment. Contains shea butter, d-alpha-tocopherol, willow herb, borage oil, L-mandelic acid, D-boldine,  and copper peptides. Can be used on cleansed skin for a few minutes or overnight.


Antioxidising Firming Serum. Used as a daily anti-oxidant super formula. Packed with highly active anti-oxidants, this temporarily tightens skin and helps with the correction and prevention of photo-damage. Suitable for all skin conditions. Contains D-boldine, tensor tightening serum, cassia betaglycan,  resveratrol, polydatin, L-ascaridole, spin trap, thioredoxin, catalase, blueberry extract, L-glutathione, L-superoxide dismutase, D-alpha tocopherol, green tea extract, fullerenes, aminoguanidine, heavy water and D-beta glucosamine. An excellent product to combine with Pure C mixing crystals.


Hydrating Treatment. A spray-on moisturising mist. A soothing mist for tired, dried-out skin. Excellent for air travel and for those with acne-prone skin that normal moisturisers are too oily for. Contains heavy water, D-gluconic, L-alpha bisabolol, D-aloe vera, Cassia betaglycan, and L-limonene. Mist on the skin anytime added moisture/hydration is needed. Can be misted over make-up, simply spritz and leave to dry.

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