Cosmeceuticals are one of the fastest growing segments in the beauty industry as it aims to enhance beauty with additional health benefits. A concept designed by Dr. Albert Klingman, it’s a trending beauty and skincare topic. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what are cosmeceuticals, their benefits and some common ingredients found in beauty products.
What are Cosmeceuticals?
The word “Cosmeceuticals” is a combination of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, which points out its scientific and medical origin. Cosmeceuticals are applied topically like regular cosmetics. They’re specially designed compounds combining active ingredients that influence the biological function of the skin.
For example, when a cosmetic lotion or cream is combined with Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, the product is considered a cosmeceutical. Therefore, cosmetic products that combine vitamins, peptides, marine or botanical extracts in a high concentration, are usually considered cosmeceuticals. They aren’t widely available over the counter like regular cosmetics and are often restricted to skin care professionals and consultants.
The Benefits of Cosmeceuticals
Air pollution, environmental elements, sun damage and the normal aging process affects the DNA, cell membranes and collagen of the skin. While cosmetics are meant to just cover and beautify the skin, cosmeceuticals combine both cosmetic and medical benefits to heal it. Some cosmetic products, however, may contain a few active ingredients in low concentration, providing only temporary results.
their functional ingredients, cosmeceutical products boost collagen growth, combat the harmful effects of free radicals, and keep the keratin structure in good shape. The texture, health, and functioning of the skin significantly improve as a result. These products are also very effective in slowing down skin ageing by reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation.
Common Cosmeceutical Ingredients
There’s a long list of cosmeceutical ingredients that benefit the skin and hair. Here are some common ingredients you should look for in your skincare products.
- Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs): Derived from various sources of fruit acids, it helps in effective skin exfoliation and blood circulation.
- Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHAs): Mainly derived from Salicylic acid, it acts as an antibacterial and helps to reduce breakouts and pigmentation.
- Vitamin A (Retinol): It refines skin texture and boosts skin renewal process.
- Vitamin B (Panthenol, Niacinamide): It restricts epidermal moisture loss, improves the function of the skin barrier and stimulates the healing
- Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): It’s an antioxidant that promotes collagen production in the dermis layer of the skin, making it more firm and fuller.
- Hyaluronic Acid: It maintains natural moisture in the skin and acts as a lubricant between skin tissues.
When a brand launches a cosmeceutical product, several laboratory tests are conducted to support the claims of affecting the structure and functioning of the skin. However, the FDA doesn’t identify cosmeceuticals as a separate class of beauty products. Consumers, therefore, need to realize that although these products may have benefits, rigorous investigations have not been conducted by the FDA. Do your own research on the products and their ingredients before investing.
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