A cosmetic is a product applied to the body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or altering the appearance without changing the body’s structure or functions. Think makeup.
Pharmaceuticals are drugs or medications that are biologically active, which do change the body’s structures or functions. They often can have other important interactions with our body processes know as side effects that can harm our health as well. Because they are important to our health & body processes they are regulated by the FDA Food & Drug administration that requires strenuous testing for both safety and effectiveness. This regulation oversees the manufacturing and labeling to make sure it is accurate and delivers the effect desired. These products require a Physician’s proscription to obtain. Think antibiotics.
So, Cosmeceuticals are cosmetic products with biologically active ingredients claiming to have medical or drug-like benefits. The term cosmeceutical is often used in advertising products. This can often be misleading to the customer who might interpret that cosmeceuticals undergo the same testing, quality control for manufacturing required for prescription medications. These products properly selected can have benefits for you. If you have questions- ask you Physician for recommendations.