Cosmeceuticals are scientifically produced products, which contain biologically active ingredients that have proven, clinical benefits. When applied topically, these active ingredients are able to reach the deeper dermal layers of skin, allowing them to make noticeable changes in the skin. These changes can include reducing acne severity, hydrating the skin, diminishing the appearance of ageing and sun damage, and promoting a healthy, radiant complexion.
The main difference between cosmeceuticals and over-the-counter cosmetics is the concentration of active ingredients. Cosmeceuticals contain many more active ingredients and in much higher concentrations. These active ingredients can therefore penetrate deeper into the dermis layer of the skin, which results in more visible, longer-term benefits.
The ingredients in cosmeceuticals are stronger than your cosmetic-grade skin care products, but not as strong as pharmaceutical products. Therefore, they do not require a medical prescription to dispense, and can be used regularly on the skin. Pharmaceutical products are usually used over a short-term period and can be very reactive, so they need to be controlled and the dispense limited.