What is the difference between cosmetic and cosmeceutical?

Monday, 13 July 2015

What is the difference between a cosmetic and a cosmeceutical product? Can I use a combination of the two on my skin?

Cosmetics-VS-Cosmeceuticals

Skincare expert and founder of Skin & Body Renewal, Dr Maureen Allem, responds:

“A cosmetic is typically any topical skincare product that can be bought from a department store or pharmacy directly off the shelf. They are generally formulated with a very low amount of active ingredients so as to protect the public when it comes to reactions, etc. A cosmeceutical on the other hand, is formulated with very high amounts of active ingredients and this is done because the products are specifically made to give faster, more “dramatic” results. However, with this comes the importance of knowing exactly how to use and combine those actives, as we do not want the user to have any negative reactions.

Some cosmeceutical products are very active and the user then needs to be coached as to what to expect and what healing phases they will go through when using these products. For this reason, the majority of very active and very effective cosmeceuticals cannot be purchased in department stores or pharmacies. They have to be acquired from clinics and practices where there are qualified doctors or aesthetic therapists. who have specifically been trained on how to use these products. can teach clients how to use the products to achieve the best results. I would advise that if you would like to use cosmetics and cosmeceuticals together, that you consult the person who is going to be helping you with your cosmeceuticals and let them know exactly what cosmetic products you have, so that they can help you to integrate the two.”

Ask Dr Maureen Allem your skincare question here.

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  1. WAFIQA ABBAS

    Are cosmeceutical products harsh on sensitive skin?

    4 years ago •

  1. mtsoka

    wow this article gets you thinking very informative thank you

    4 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    Interesting information. I am sure to use the correct skin care product according to an advisor is the correct method for a healthy skin.

    4 years ago •

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