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National News Reports on Cosmeceuticals


National News Reports on Cosmeceuticals

NEW YORK--In an article appearing on ABCNews.com, the "new" trend of cosmeceuticals was discussed.

"Cosmeceuticals are a $1.9 billion industry and by 2006, $3.9 billion, which is about a 70-percent increase," said Linda Wells, editor in chief of the beauty magazine Allure.

In the piece, cosmeceutical ingredients such as copper, kinetin, lipids, retinol, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and vitamin C were discussed for their roles in skin care. However, not all of the research on these ingredients was met with open arms.

Peter Elias, M.D., a dermatologist at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center, was dubious about the science being promoted for antioxidants and skin health. As he told the online news outlet, "Most antioxidants are in products at concentrations only sufficient to protect the product, not sufficient to actually give any extra impact to the skin."

Certain skin experts believe that there is some substantial research behind nutrients in the dermatological world, but it is hard to separate the good science from the bad. "The science should be allowed to be applied to the skin just like it applies to the heart and the lungs and the brain," Elias stated.

For the entire story, visit the article "Skin Care With Smarts" at www.abcnews.go.com/sections/living/healthywoman/cosmeceuticals021101.html.

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