Cosmeceuticals, a hybrid of the words "cosmetic" and "pharmaceuticals". These products are topically applied for a cosmetic boost with medicinal benefits and biologically active ingredients like vitamins, herbs, essential oils and botanical extracts.

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Cosmeceuticals combine the best of both worlds. On one hand their cosmetic properties are applied to the human body for beautifying, cleansing, promoting attractiveness or altering the appearance. On the other hand, their medicinal properties include curing, improving, treating or prevention diseases and skin disorders.

Examples of currently popular cosmeceuticals on the market include anti-wrinkle creams and anti-aging creams (with alpha hydroxyl acids - AHAs or anti-oxidants added), moisturizers and lotions (with botanical ingredients added), deodorants, acne treatments, cellulite creams, hair removal products, sun protection and tanning aids, and fluoride toothpastes.

Cosmeceuticals are rife in the skin care industry, with particular emphasis on the sub-category of sun care. Hair care is the second biggest cosmeceutical category. So far, no cosmeceuticals have been added to the makeup product category. Reports have shown that there are more than 100 cosmetic companies undertaking cosmeceutical research including cosmetic giants such as Este Lauder, L'oreal, Sheisedo and Beiersdorf.

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