Cosmeceuticals – The marriage of cosmetics to pharmaceuticals


Can makeup be good for your skin? There is a chance with cosmeceuticals.

Cosmeceuticals represent a marriage between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Like cosmetics, cosmeceuticals are topically applied, but they contain ingredients that influence the biological function of the skin. Cosmeceuticals may improve your skin’s appearance by delivering nutrients necessary for healthy skin, while striving to improve skin tone, texture and radiance.

There are quite a few botanicals pertaining to cosmeceuticals; they include teas, soy, pomegranate, date, grape seed, pycnogenol, horse chestnut, German chamomile and aloe.Some company formulations contain Vitamins A, C & E plus Green Tea to protect and nurture the skin.

Many cosmeceuticals are composed of formulations which combine pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, natural high-pigment minerals and antioxidants. The result is clinically advanced makeup that covers and helps correct and protect. Excellent coverage, broad spectrum UV protection and assistance in combating free radical damage should be the goal of every cosmeceutical product.

There are minimal, if any, allergy risks associated with most cosmeceutical products. In fact, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are ingredients contained in some cosmeceutical products, are anti-inflammatories and may help calm the skin. Allergies and sensitivities usually occur because of ingredients that cause irritation to the skin. Reactions are particularly common in skins that have been compromised in some fashion through, for example, a weakened immune system, sun damage, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and underlying skin disorders. Substances that most commonly cause these sensitivities are chemical preservatives, chemical dyes (usually labeled as FD&C), perfume and alcohol. It is best for all skin types, especially sensitive or compromised skin, to use makeup that does not contain any of those sensitizers.

For skin improvement you should avoid any makeup which contains talc - talc is a filler/bulking agent and the number one ingredient in traditional, as opposed to cosmeceutical, makeup. Talc clogs pores and suffocates the skin which can lead to acne, exacerbate rosacea and other undesirable skin conditions.

When you see the words “non-comedogenic” pertaining to makeup or skin care products, it simply means it doesn't block pores – it doesn’t mean you should go to sleep with your makeup on. Mineral particles form a protective barrier on the skin that allows it to breathe and function normally. This protective barrier also traps environmental pollutants.

Cosmeceuticals are not applied in the same way as traditional makeup and should be purchased through skin care professionals and dermatologist offices in order to address any possible skin conditions, for color matching and to be shown the appropriate techniques & tools necessary for applying this type of makeup to achieve the best results.

Take care of your skin while looking your best, through the beauty of cosmeceuticals and beautiful skin will be within reach™ for you too.
Article by
Las Vegas Dermatologist