Cosmeceuticals and cosmetics are often confused; however, these are not different names for the same type of product. Cosmeceutical is a mix between the word “cosmetic” and “pharmaceutical” with the term being coined in 1984. Cosmeceuticals are cosmetic products which have medicinal properties within their formulas. Like cosmetics, they are applied topically but contain active ingredients that have an effect on skin cell functions. Companies selling cosmeceuticals claim that the formulas are designed to improve skin health and repair damage that causes specific skin conditions and visible signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, and hyperpigmentation. Cosmeceuticals will contain active ingredients that are known to be beneficial to humans in some way, or example, vitamin C is a known antioxidant and when this is added to a lotion or cream the product is considered a cosmeceutical. Cosmeceutical products are essentially cosmetics with benefits: Think: antioxidant plus lipstick or retinol plus face serum. Common Ingredients in Cosmeceuticals Alpha Hydroxy Acids – improves skin hydration and exfoliation Antioxidants – aids in the prevention of skin inflammation and protection against UV rays Botanicals – UV protection Peptides – aids in collagen production, reducing signs of ageing, such as wrinkling Retinoids – aids in preventing collagen breakdown and reduction in age spots What Are Cosmeceuticals Used For? Cosmeceuticals are used for a wide variety of skin concerns, including: Reduction of premature lines and wrinkles Reduction in pore size Prevention and/or treatment of UV damage Improvement in skin colour and tone How Can Cosmeceuticals Help You? Taking care of your skin can help prevent ageing or at least minimise it. It is widely known that the sun is a massive culprit when it comes to ageing your skin and opting for cosmetics and creams that include sunscreen will help to reduce the ageing affects. Moisturised skin that is treated regularly with cosmeceutical products is also less likely to show signs of breakouts etc. If you are not looking for major, dramatic results, cosmeceuticals are often the way to go, providing just enough care for those minor results you are looking for. If on the other hand, you have undergone a certain procedure for anti-ageing for example, cosmeceuticals can help prolong and boost your results. Remember to always take care of your skin so that your skin can take care of you! Don’t forget to share this via Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn.