If you’re interested in the appearance of your skin, then you may know something about cosmeceutical skin care and some of the skin care brands making this claim. But, as it’s a made-up word it may be new to you.

Unfortunately, the word cosmeceutical has been used and abused by marketing departments the world over, so much so, it’s hard to sort fact from fiction.

The term “Cosmeceutical” is a lovely hybrid of the words ‘cosmetic’ and ‘pharmaceutical’, which hints to its scientific and medical origin.

What are cosmeceuticals?

Cosmeceuticals are products that have both cosmetic and therapeutic (medical or drug-like) effects, and are intended to have a beneficial effect on skin health and beauty. Like cosmetics, they are applied topically as creams or lotions but contain active ingredients that have an effect on skin cell function. In some cases, their action is limited to the skin surface (such as exfoliants), while others can penetrate to deeper levels, either enhancing or limiting normal skin functions. Cosmeceuticals are available “over-the-counter” (without prescription) and are generally used as part of a regular skin care regime to help improve skin tone and texture, pigmentation and fine lines.

Most moisturisers restore barrier function and water content to the skin, improving the appearance of aged or dry skin. Cosmeceuticals should ideally deliver the active ingredient in a biologically effective form to the skin and reach the target site in sufficient quantity to have an effect.

Cosmeceutical skin care should contain active ingredients, at sufficient strength or % volume, that are clinically proven to work on correcting the skin. A skin care product containing Cosemeceutical ingredient/s (ingredients such as retinol, glycolic – hyaluronic – lactic – salicylic acids, vitamins, antioxidants, peptides or botanical extracts) has the active potential to bring about visible changes to the skin, and these changes will be backed by clinical evidence.

When applied topically, a Cosmeceutical has the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin. It is here that collagen, elastin and cellular activity takes place within the skin which is why we want Cosmeceuticals working hard at this level. If you’re buying a product supported with active ingredients at significant concentrations to make a difference, you reasonably expect to see results.

Do cosmeceuticals really work?

Ideally cosmeceuticals should be clinically tested to ensure they have a proven benefit and can substantiate their claims, however, the cosmeceutical industry is largely unregulated. Unlike medicines, cosmeceuticals are not subject to review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States or the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia. Although they are usually tested for safety, they do not have to undergo testing to ensure the claims they make regarding efficacy (effectiveness) are accurate. Unfortunately, many creams do not live up to their advertised hype.

What works for you might not work for someone else

Knowing a brand’s reputation is one thing, but liking and trusting is quite another. We’re all different, all unique and you and your skin have your own set of circumstances, problems, concerns and issues. You’ll have reasons why you gravitate to one product over another, sometimes it’s advice from a friend, or it’s the packaging that clinches the deal, other times it’s the scent of a product or (if you’re lucky) you’ll stumble upon something that seems to work.

No matter what idiosyncrasies, beliefs or celebrity endorsements bring you to your decision, what’s truly important is the workout your skin’s going to get with a cosmeceutical skin care brand…

Your skin will benefit from a regular workout

If your products are going to perform, they need to

  1. correct the errors of the past
  2. bring your skin back to a state of normality and then, when you’re ready
  3. get your skin working as nature intended, efficiently and effortlessly

But, of course, as time goes by the normal activities of the skin begin to slow down, which is why you’ll need the powerhouse active ingredients of cosmeceutical skin care products in your daily skin care routine to give your skin a great workout.

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