Table of Contents
ISRN Dermatology
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 843687, 14 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/843687
Review Article

Nanotechnology-Based Cosmeceuticals

1School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, IFTM University, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh 244102, India
2GRD Institute of Management and Technology, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248009, India
3Institute of Biotechnology, Patwadangar, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263128, India

Received 8 February 2014; Accepted 4 March 2014; Published 22 May 2014

Academic Editors: T. Maisch and T. J. Ryan

Copyright © 2014 Alka Lohani et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Cosmeceuticals are the fastest growing segment of the personal care industry, and a number of topical cosmeceutical treatments for conditions such as photoaging, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and hair damage have come into widespread use. In the cosmeceutical arena nanotechnology has played an important role. Using new techniques to manipulate matter at an atomic or molecular level, they have been at the root of numerous innovations, opening up new perspectives for the future of cosmeceutical industry. Nanotechnology-based cosmeceuticals offer the advantage of diversity in products, and increased bioavailability of active ingredients and increase the aesthetic appeal of cosmeceutical products with prolonged effects. However increased use of nanotechnology in cosmeceuticals has raised concern about the possible penetration of nanoparticles through the skin and potential hazards to the human health. This review outlines the different nanoparticles used in various classes of cosmeceuticals, nanotechnology-based cosmeceutical products present in the market, and the potential risk caused by nanoparticles on exposure and recent regulatory steps taken to overcome them.