Definition of cosmeceutical in English:



  • A cosmetic that has or is claimed to have medicinal properties, especially anti-aging ones.

    ‘After launching his range of cosmeceuticals recently, he was here again conducting a seminar for beauticians on Sunday.’
    • ‘Like cosmetics, cosmeceuticals are applied externally, but work by affecting the skin's biological functions.’
    • ‘Also emerging is a new line of skin-care products known as cosmeceuticals - perfect for the medical spas - such as soaps and cleansers not readily available in stores, but offered without a prescription by physicians.’
    • ‘And with that sense of urgency, I'm sure common to all patients, there is an opportunity for manufacturers of cosmeceuticals.’
    • ‘We're also using glycolic acid and other cosmeceuticals, but many of these agents are actually associated with more hype than clinical data.’
    • ‘Research on cosmeceuticals is in its infancy.’
    • ‘That's because ‘cosmeceutical’ creams and gels offer gradual, continual results.’
    • ‘In Geneva last week, where the ‘nutraceutical’ and ‘cosmeceutical’ industries gathered for the convention, much was made of the $6.3 billion that the sector is already said to be worth.’
    • ‘‘In a way, it was the world's first cosmeceutical,’ says Meyer.’
    • ‘He suggests that products based on certain harsh ingredients (as found in many of these new cosmeceutical ranges) could oversensitise the skin, causing it to age prematurely.’



/ˌkäzməˈso͞odik(ə)l/ /ˌkɑzməˈsudɪk(ə)l/


1980s blend of cosmetic and pharmaceutical.