The process of restoring one's skin to that of a teenager has long been sought. It is the essence of all the current media hype over skin care products and has resulted in a multi billion dollar cosmetic and cosmeceutical industry.
Cosmetics are products, which merely hide, or create an illusion of beauty by accenting certain features like high cheekbones, lips or eyes while de-emphasizing other features such as uneven skin texture, lines or rhytides.
Cosmeceuticals, on the other hand, are products, which effect a change in the skin toward healthier, thicker skin. The process of aging causes a gradual loss and disorganization of elastin and collagen fibers, the supportive matrix of the skin, as well as dehydration. The result is lack of "bounce" or rebound to the skin matrix. The physical appearance is of droopy, thin, wrinkled skin