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Cosmeceuticals: The Real Deal or Pseudo-Science?

by ELAN Nashville on Apr 15, 2014

Words with more than four syllables tend to sound pretty substantial. But are cosmeceuticals as impressive as they sound?

Cosmeceuticals are products that pair cosmetics with biologically active ingredients that supposedly deliver medical or drug-like benefits, like pharmaceuticals.

The “cosmeceutical” label applies only to products applied topically, such as creams, lotions and ointments.

Face creams infused with hydroxy acids and potent antioxidants.Tanning sprays that spritz antioxidant-rich Green Tea extracts and a dose of Vitamin D. Lip-plumping serum packed with hydrating avocado oil and jojoba.

These drug-like components are said to make these products superior to other, less scientifically-advanced options.

Emphasis should be placed on the ‘supposed’ benefits since the ‘ceutical’ term (albeit sexy) is a bit misleading .

Unlike your honest-to-goodness pharmaceutics, cosmecetuicals do not undergo the same rigorous testing for efficacy and quality control as do drugs. In fact, the Food & Drug Administration doesn’t recognize “cosmeceuticals” as a category at all – but Kudos to the marketing genius who coined the term.

So are cosmeceuticals worth your coin? In a word, yes. But it’s important to buy from a trusted source.

“Cosmeceuticals are not a passing fad, as they provide a higher percentage of active ingredients than you’d find in drug store or department store products,” our experts say. “But, cosmeceutical- and pharmaceutical-grade products should only be purchased in a professional setting, like Elan, where the aestheticians have been properly trained on these highly specialized and effective products.”

 That last bit is especially important when results-oriented skin care is what you desire. So do your ‘ceutical research and stay pretty!