The term “cosmeceuticals” may be entirely new to you, but they’re a class of products that are growing massively in popularity. The word is formed from cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, and refers to any cosmetic product that claims to have a drug-like effect on your body. These can range from anti-wrinkle creams to hair strengthening shampoos.
An important and controversial aspect of cosmeceutical products is that they aren’t recognised by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the United States. As far as the FDA is concerned, there are cosmetics, which don’t need to undergo rigorous scientific testing to prove their efficiency. Most cosmeceutical products are classed by the FDA as cosmetics. This means that their claims of effectiveness aren’t certified as being accurate.
Despite the lack of official approval for cosmeceuticals, most products on the market will contain active ingredients that could improve the appearance of your skin, hair or nails. Many will have undergone testing in order to demonstrate that their claims are accurate to consumers. It is important to do a bit of research to find out whether or not the claims made for a particular product are plausible or not.
As an example, vitamin C is a known antioxidant that could help prevent damage to your skin. It makes sense to read up on whether a cream or lotion containing vitamin C will achieve the effect that you are hoping it will before you decide whether the product is worth the purchase price.