Closeup shot of hands applying moisturizer. Beauty woman holding a glass jar of skin cream. Shallow depth of field with focus on moisturizer.Author: Jennifer Jacobsen, R.N.

Cosmeceutical’s are “the marriage of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals”. For example – Vitamin C plus a hydrating cream, or a retinol plus a serum, or even an antioxidant lipstick. And, let’s face it, they are expensive.  Simply put, they are expensive because they are better. Cosmeceuticals are very effective in treating a variety of age related changes. If, like me, you believe that if some is good, more is better, you are likely wasting product. A little cosmeceutical grade product goes a long away. To prolong the life of your product, do not over apply. For instance, the appropriate amount of eye cream is often described as a “grain of rice”, which equates to as little as a half a pump of product. To apply product to the rest of the face, allocate a small amount to the top (and thicker) third of your fingers (it won’t absorb into your fingers if it’s on thicker skin), and gently pat the product into the skin of the face and neck. Prolong the life of your product so that you can stretch your beauty budget farther and afford better and much more effective skincare products!