How do you know if skincare products really do what they promise? There are so many skincare products on the market that it can be difficult to know which products are suitable for your skin. I can well imagine that when composing your skincare routine you sometimes no longer see the wood for the trees. Everyone’s skin is different, of course, but can I give you a tip? When purchasing skincare, opt for cosmeceuticals instead of cosmetics. In this blog, the Van Rosmalen Kliniek explains why.

What are cosmeceuticals?

If you read the blogs of Anti-Aging Secret more often, you have probably seen the term cosmeceuticals. Mo takes good care of her skin and her skincare routine consists largely of cosmeceuticals, not cosmetics. Cosmeceuticals are skincare products scientifically designed to enhance skin health, improve skin condition and repair any skin damage. Cosmeceuticals address specific skin concerns more effectively than most common cosmetics because cosmeceuticals contain higher concentrations of active ingredients.

What is the difference between cosmeceuticals and cosmetics products?

Cosmetics is a broad term that refers to products that are used for daily hygiene and cosmetic care. Regular skincare products take care of the skin and mainly offer comfort. Cosmetics often contain ingredients that are intended to make the products pleasant to use, such as perfume and preservatives. We also call these additives. A cosmeceutical goes much further. These are somewhere between regular store-bought creams and prescription creams. The name ‘cosmeceutical’ is therefore a combination of ‘cosmetic’ (cosmetic) and ‘pharmaceutical’ (pharmaceutical). Regular creams mainly work on the top layer of the skin, while cosmeceuticals act on the deeper layers of the skin. As a result, cosmeceuticals tackle specific skin problems more effectively and contribute to skin improvement.

What are active ingredients?

Active ingredients are the active substances that are responsible for the functioning of a cosmetic product. Different ingredients are needed for every skin problem or every improvement wish. For example, the ingredient vitamin A acid has been scientifically proven to reduce existing wrinkles. When you buy an anti-aging day cream, vitamin A can be an active ingredient in it. Excipients, on the other hand, are substances which do not benefit the skin itself, but which are necessary for the stability of the cosmetic product itself or which provide comfort for the user. Cosmeceuticals contain fewer excipients than cosmetics.

Where can I buy cosmeceuticals?

You will not easily find cosmeceuticals at the drugstore on the corner, while this is the case with cosmetics. Cosmeceuticals may only be sold under the supervision of physicians and/or skin therapists. They fall under the category of products with active ingredients that have been scientifically tested and actually improve or stimulate the skin functions. Cosmeceuticals may therefore only be sold under the supervision of doctors and/or skin therapists. Cosmeceuticals can be ordered online from clinics such as the Van Rosmalen Kliniek, which specialize in working with and advising on cosmeceuticals.

The differences at a glance


· Contains a large amount of excipients, such as perfume;

· Low concentrations of active ingredients;

· Works superficially on the skin;

· Available in a drugstore, beauty salon or cosmetics store.


· Contains little or no perfume. This also applies to parabens and preservatives;

· High concentrations of active ingredients;

· Visible skin improvement;

· Works on the deeper layers of the skin;

· Available in a clinic/practice where skin therapists and/or doctors work.

Get advice from a skin therapist or cosmetic doctor

Because cosmeceuticals contain a high percentage of active ingredients and are aimed at specific skin problems, it is wise to get good advice when you want to use cosmeceuticals. It is possible that your skin is sensitive to a high concentration of certain ingredients.

A professional skin therapist or cosmetic doctor can give you the best advice about which ingredients are suitable for your skin. A skin therapist or cosmetic doctor will also advise you on building up the use of the cosmeceuticals if necessary. The practitioners at the Van Rosmalen Kliniek work exclusively with cosmeceuticals and are happy to advise you on which skin products are suitable for you.

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