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The Gray Area Between Skincare and Cosmetics Grows

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According to Plastic Surgery Practice, there is a growing grey area between the cosmetics and skin care industry. A recent study by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., revealed that by 2015 the color cosmetics market will reach $41.4 billion. The reason? More cosmetics are starting to include UV protection or moisturizing components; natural or organic ingredients; new formats and textures; and pigment innovation.

In addition, consumers can now reap the benefits of anti-aging effects and an array of different treatment options. In a nutshell, there is a cosmetic product available for any and every skin type.

With the latest green movement, retailers such as Whole Foods are cracking down on products that label themselves as ‘natural’ or ‘organic’. More product manufacturers are incorporating natural and organic ingredients, such as vitamin E and plant extracts, into their products to feed the growing demand.

Not only that, heavy pigments in foundations are being replaced with minerals and light-capturing crystals such as rose quartz, topaz, and mother-of-pearl to leave skin looking flawless and natural. Lipstick is now incorporating vitamins A, C, and E to offer intense color with limited smudging.

These products, which are usually referred to as cosmeceuticals, were once limited to high-end makeup lines such as Jane Iredale. Now, virtually every cosmetic drugstore brand offers some variation of mineral and SPF-enriched products. With that being said, it will be interesting to see the how the boundaries of the Food and Drug Administration will adapt.