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THE PHARMA REVIEW (JULY – AUGUST 2016)

Natural Cosmeceuticals – A Growing Segment of Skin and Hair Care Market

Disha Pandya & Vimal Kumar*

Introduction: The term ‘cosmeceutical’ is now becoming more common in the world of natural organic skin and hair care. The word describes a product that is a link between a cosmetic and a pharmaceutical. A cosmeceutical is essentially a skin or hair care product that contains a biologically active compound which has pharmaceutical effects on the skin. All cosmeceuticals claim to contain functional ingredients with either therapeutic, disease-fighting or healing properties. The term Cosmeceutical was coined by Raymond Reed but the concept was further popularized by Dr. Albert Kligman in the late 1970’s. Cosmeceuticals are topically applied as cosmetic pharmaceutical hybrids, intended to enhance the beauty through ingredients that provide additional health-related function or benefit. That means they are applied topically as cosmetics, but contain ingredients that influence the skin's biological function. In a way, it can be thought that lavender extract in your skin care product is just there to make it smell nice, but actually the manufacturer might have included it for some of its active chemical compounds that have anti-inflammatory or antibacterial properties. Today’s Natural cosmeceuticals are serving as a bridge between personal care products and pharmaceuticals; also Cosmeceuticals are the fastest growing segment in skin care market. 

 

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