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.)
What can they do?
In short: many things. Women are using cosmeceuticals primarily to treat the signs of ageing (fine lines and wrinkles), but they’re also great for addressing sun damage, pigmentation and acne. The ingredients in these products allow them to target acne scarring and dehydration, giving the user smooth, youthful-looking skin.
How do you use them?
Cosmeceuticals are applied topically to the skin. Rather than just sitting on the surface, they have the ability to penetrate deep down into the business end of skin activity, to the layers containing cellular activity, elastin and collagen.