What are Cosmeceuticals?


Cosmeceutical products lie between pharmaceutical and cosmetics products. It is a cosmetic product with medicinal or drug-like benefits. They target consumers looking for results-oriented solutions or skin-repairing benefits. They work at a cellular level and avoid harsh chemicals associated with cosmetics products. They counter the effects of changing environmental conditions and offer a cost-effective alternative to cosmetic surgery. Cosmeceuticals usually contain active ingredients that influence the skin.

Examples of Active Ingredients in Cosmeceuticals

  • Antioxidants, such as vitamin C, an antioxidant when added to a skincare product.
  • Botanical Extracts from Plants and oils derived from flowers, herbs, seeds, nuts, roots, and berries
  • Marine Extracts, sea algae, seaweed, marine algae, and micro-algae
  • Peptides can provide significant anti-aging benefits when used in skincare products
  • Depigmenting agents that help lighten the skin and lose skin pigment
  • UV Protection that offers sun protection
  • Exfoliants help remove dead skin and outer layers of thickened skin, encouraging skin turnover.
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids soften fine wrinkles, lighten pigmentation spots, tighten and improve skin texture

Skin challenges that cosmeceuticals can be suitable for

  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Dry skin
  • Dull skin
  • Dehydrated skin
  • Rough and Cracked skin
  • Skin with fine lines
  • Wrinkled skin
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Oily skin
  • Acne-prone skin
  • Skin Pigmentation
  • Skin Blemishes
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Scarred Skin

Examples of Cosmeceutical Products

  • Anti-Aging Creams and Serums
  • Advanced Skin Cleansers
  • Skin Tightening Products
  • Moisturizers
  • Sun Protection
  • Anti-Acne
  • Skin Whitening 
  • Anti-Cellulite
  • Anti-Wrinkles
  • Scar Gels and Creams
  • Body Slimming Creams
  • Hair Growth Products
  • Hair Fall Solutions
  • Scalp Repair
  • Anti-Dandruff Solutions
  • Lip Care and Rejuvenation Products
  • Hyaluronic Acid (HA) based Products

Trends in Cosmeceuticals

  • Use of a plant stem-cell and a Nano-materials technology in anti-aging products.
  • Natural and herbal cosmeceuticals are rapidly growing.
  • Increasing the use of cosmeceuticals by men segment.
  • Most of the cosmetics and personal care manufacturers are moving towards cosmeceuticals.
  • Many pharmaceutical companies are also getting into cosmeceutical manufacturing.
  • Increasing demand for hair growth products.