When it comes to skin care, you’ve no doubt come across the word, cosmeceutical. The term is being used more frequently and is a hybrid of two words – cosmetic and pharmaceutical (drug). A cosmetic is a product that enhances your beauty and appearance while a drug is something that is used to prevent or treat a disease. The word cosmeceutical was coined by Raymond Reed, founder of the U.S. Society of cosmetic chemists, in 1961 and was popularized in the 1970s to refer to cosmetic products that contain active ingredients claiming to enhance the appearance of your skin.

What Are Dermaceuticals?

What about dermaceutical then, as it pertains to our brand – Apothekari Dermaceuticals? Like cosmeceutical, it is a hybrid of two words – derma, derived from dermis (the dense inner layer of skin beneath the epidermis) and cosmetic. Like cosmeceutical, these two terms are often associated with skin care brands that are science based and for the most part, may be used interchangeably. In general, cosmeceuticals are non-prescription products, which are sold over the counter. Cosmeceuticals contain ingredients including retinoids, antioxidants, alpha hydroxy acids and peptides. These active ingredients are not drugs but have known physiologic effects and will improve the appearance of aging skin over time.

Cosmeceuticals Can Deliver Results

The words cosmeceutical or dermaceutical are not recognized legally (i.e., they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada or the European Union) so cosmetics companies must be careful in their marketing and stating of benefits because their products don’t undergo the same amount of vigorous testing that is required for drugs. While the ingredients that make up a skin care treatment may have many beneficial properties, manufacturers cannot market products with claims for purposes such as treating or preventing disease, or affecting the structure or function of the body—including the skin. These types of claims make the product a drug and then must meet the requirements for a drug. Under the law, information on cosmetic labeling, including claims, must be truthful and not misleading.

What Are Cosmeceuticals Used For?

If you’re shopping for a cosmeceutical, be wary of marketing hype. Ask questions and investigate the listed ingredients. Reputable companies include effective ingredients at appropriate concentrations and they don’t overstate their advantages. Cosmeceuticals are NOT magic treatments, but they can deliver a range of skin benefits including:

  1. Deliver Softer and Smoother Skin.
  2. Moisturize. Often by reducing transepidermal water loss (TWEL) thereby creating an environment for skin barrier repair.
  3. Provide an Added Skin Benefit.  Novel ingredients or technology may be used:
    1. Retinoids to boost collagen and elastin production.
    2. Antioxidants to fight free radical damage.
    3. Alpha hydroxy acids to exfoliate.

Since we are all different, a product that works for you, may not work for your best friend, and vice versa. The key is to finding a cosmeceutical that works for your skin type and your needs. At Apothekari, our line of scientific skin care products offers a range of cosmeceuticals designed to improve the health and appearance of your skin. What are you waiting for?


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Grapefruit Ginger Natural Deodorant Roll-On
Mellisa Herlache (Suamico, US)
Didn’t work for me.

I couldn’t get past the scent of the Grapefruit Ginger deodorant. It’s definitely not detox- I’ve been exclusively using natural deodorant for almost 2 years. However, customer service was amazing. They reached out to me and refunded me my purchase cost. Really wish it would’ve worked for me but worth a try for others, especially since they stand by their satisfaction guarantee.

Dear Mellisa,

We're so sorry to hear that our deodorant doesn't work for you. All Apothekari products come with 100% money-back guarantee. Someone from our customer service team will be in touch to help resolve this issue.

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Bespoke Vitamin C 15% Serum
Allison H. (North Vancouver, CA)
Nice glow

I use it every other day and have no sensitivity issues with this product. A lot of other products can give me acne if they're too thick/creamy or they bother my skin if they have a strong perfume scent. The only downside is it can be hard to use up before the expiry date, but I have learned to keep half the bottle in the fridge to make it last a bit longer. I will keep buying this product in the future.

A is for Anti-Aging Retinal Serum
Lisa Pelzer (Mexico City, MX)
Very satisfied

I was never able to use a retinal cream before. My skin was just too sensitive. This is a really nice product 👍🏻

Ageless Skin Set
Alana (Vancouver, CA)
Simply the BEST

The BEST skincare line I have ever used. My skin has never looked or felt this good. Thank you 😊

Love it

First healthy deodorant I’ve tried that actually works for me…and no rash. Thank you for developing this awesome product.

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