Cosmeceutical: A cosmetic product claimed to have medicinal or drug-like benefits. Cosmeceutical products are marketed as cosmetics, but reputedly contain biologically active ingredients. Examples include anti-wrinkle skin creams with ingredients such as alpha lipoic acid and dimethylaminoethanol and creams containing "cellular replenishment serum" that supposedly have "antiaging properties."
The term "cosmeceutical" was created in 1990s from cosm(etic) + (pharma)ceutic. The cosmetic industry uses the term but the US Food and Drug Administration does not recognize the term. While drugs are subject to a review and approval process by FDA, cosmetics are not. If a product has drug properties, it must be approved as a drug. But cosmeceutics skirt this review and approval process.
n. A cosmetic that has or is purported to have medicinal properties. [ COSME(TIC) and (PHARMA)CEUTICAL .] cosmeceutical cos ' meÂ·ceu ' tiÂ·cal adj.
G.S. Cosmeceutical is an FDA-registered, cGMP compliant skincare formulator and manufacturer offering a wide spectrum of product capabilities in the OTC & cosmeceutical ...
A cosmeceutical is a hybrid of a beauty product and an active ingredient that may have an effect on the skin. Learn more from our contributors.
"Cosmeceutical" February 24, 2000. While the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) does not recognize the term "cosmeceutical," the cosmetic industry uses this ...
Cosmeceuticals represent the marriage of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Examples of products typically labeled as cosmeceuticals include anti-aging creams and moisturizers.