Nutritional cosmetics, which is probably better known in the industry as nutricosmetics, encompasses the concept that orally ingestible dietary products may support healthier and thus more beautiful skin. This is not totally unlike the term nutraceutical; however, this latter term typically refers to foods and dietary supplements that support better overall health.

Similarly, the term cosmeceutical refers to products generally designed for topical application and which contain active ingredients with benefits for improved skin health.

The term nutricosmetics appears to borrow from the terms nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals to reflect the goal of these products, that is to provide beauty and health benefits to the skin via nutritional products consumed on a regular basis. This concept encompasses a unique amalgamation of the
nutrition and personal care industries.

More and more nutricosmetic products are reaching the retail shelves and can be found as functional beverages (e.g., NutriSoda from Andrea Beverage Co., Skin Balance Water from Borba), dietary supplements (e.g., Murad's Firm & Tone dietary supplement, Perricone's Skin & Total Body
dietary supplement), and functional foods (e.g., Danone's Essensis beauty yogurt, Ecco Bella's Chocolate Instant Bliss Beauty Bar).

There are a multitude of ingredients now being marketed for their purported skin health and beauty benefits and their utility for incorporation into nutricosmetic products. These ingredients often are marketed based on their antioxidant capacity and inferred skin benefits, though little or no
research on their dermatological benefits has been published. However, many of these ingredients are already being applied topically with a reduction in wrinkles, so it is not that much of a surprise that oral consumption may produce similar effects.

Nonetheless, there are quite a few dietary ingredients with scientific backing for their potential skin health benefits. Though some of this evidence has been published in the scientific literature, a plethora of information has been presented only in industry white papers or marketing materials. The purpose of this book is to compile the scientific evidence showing the potential benefits of at least some of these nutricosmetic ingredients. By including the efforts of both academic and industry investigators,
we believe that the presentation of the known scientific data with new information brings the state of nutricosmetic science up to the present and provides a foundation from which to generate new ideas and information. Where possible, information specifically about the benefits of ingredients
consumed orally for skin health is presented.

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