Definitions for "Cosmeceutical"
While the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act does not recognize the term "cosmeceutical", the cosmetic industry has begun to use this word to refer to cosmetic products that have drug-like benefits. The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act defines drugs as those products that cure, treat, mitigate or prevent disease or that affect the structure or function of the human body. While drugs are subject to an intensive review and approval process by FDA, cosmetics are not approved by FDA prior to sale. If a product has drug properties, it must be approved as a drug.
A term used by some in the cosmetic industry – but not recognized by Health Canada – describing a cosmetic product with therapeutic (drug-like) benefits. Under the Food and Drugs Act, “cosmeceuticals” fall under either cosmetics or drugs, depending on the claims made and/or the composition of the product.
a cosmetic which claims potential benefits from additives such as retinol, vitamin C or other