Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spa Girl says what? Cosmeceuticals

Baby boomer's it seems are seeking an abundance of anti-aging remedies often referred to as cosmecuticals, and the marketplace is responding. In the USA alone, sales of anti-aging products were $16 BILLION last year!

The arena of skincare is one of the fastest growing industries world-wide. With more than a million skincare remedies available in spas, clinics, and drug stores, consumers and practitioners are often overwhelmed.

The term cosmeceutical was introduced by Albert Kligman in 1984 (March 17, 1916 – February 9, 2010, was a dermatologist who invented Retin-A, the popular acne medication) to refer to the marriage of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Products generally labeled as cosmeceuticals include anti-aging creams and moisturizers with biologically active ingredients that suggest they have medical benefits, however most of these claims are unsubstantiated.

Dubbed "cosmeceuticals" by the beauty industry--a deliberate word play on cosmetics and pharmaceuticals--these pricey "miracle creams" are the latest craze among youth-obsessed baby boomers looking for ways to stave off the signs of aging.

Cosmeceuticals don't require FDA approval for the claims they make so it is very important to do your research and consult your Spa specialist in order to make the best decisions about what to apply to your face.

The most important thing to keep in mind and practice are the five things your skin requires every day to stay healthy and young.  They include: antioxidants; sun protection; essential fatty acids; water; and cleansing.

Here are some great sites to check out.

The Role of Cosmeceuticals in Anti-aging Therapy
Five Things for the Skin

Canada Cosmeceuticals

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