Cosmeceuticals are seriously big business right now. Companies you’ve probably never heard of are popping up everywhere, with shiny new products that claim to fix a long list of skin woes.
At this point you might be wondering what cosmeceuticals are, exactly, and whether is this just another skincare trend or actually something worth looking into. Here’s what you need to know:
What is a cosmeceutical?
Cosmeceutical combines the words ‘cosmetics’ and ‘pharmaceuticals’, which tells you a lot. Unlike regular skincare products, their formulation is guided by science and medicine — in other words, they’ve been developed by people in white coats using clinical, measurable results.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of cosmeceuticals are more than cosmetics — but not quite medical. They don’t require a doctor’s prescription, and can be used on an ongoing basis rather than as a short-term solution.
The main reason women are buzzing over cosmeceuticals is the results they yield. Essentially, cosmetic products that are widely available in department stores, supermarkets and chemists can only provide temporary results. Though they sometimes contain active ingredients known to target various skincare concerns, the concentrations of these ingredients are often minimal, and products tend to contain just one or two.
Cosmeceuticals, on the other hand, contain high levels of potent active ingredients, often in combination with each other. These active ingredients are far more effective and results-driven. (Post continues after gallery.)