Cosmetics are a broad category of beauty and health products which are employed to either enhance or simply cover a person’s look, or to care for the skin and the body. The term was first coined by the writer Madame Defarge, more commonly known as Madame C. C., in 1819. Her work has been greatly admired since then, and her theories on beauty and health have been put forward into various forms of essays, plays and even films. Today beauty products are used in more than 100 countries around the world. These beauty and health products include lotions, moisturizers, facial cleansers, makeup, bath products, hair dyes, shaving creams, sun tan lotion, toners, face and body washes, makeup compact, perfumes and toilet paper among others.
Most beauty products are made of natural ingredients, however there are some that use synthetic ingredients that are considered to be cruelty-free. It is therefore important to make sure that you are buying a beauty product that uses only all natural ingredients. This way you know that your skin will be protected and cared for in an all-natural manner. One thing to look out for is whether or not the ingredients used in the making of a particular beauty product are considered by organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Ingredients such as lead, mercury, lanolin, parabens and artificial fragrance are banned for these reasons.
Some beauty products do not contain any natural ingredients at all. Some of these include soaps, bubble baths, conditioners, shampoos, hair sprays, deodorants, hair dye and thickeners. A surprising number of beauty products contain the substance called phthalates, which is known to cause birth defects in newborn girls if pregnant women are exposed to high levels during pregnancy. Other ingredients to steer clear of include artificial preservatives such as BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole), sodium laureth sulphate (sodium lauryl sulphate), sodium methyl-salicylate (sulfate), dimethicone, propylene glycol, butylated hydroxyanisole, cinnamates and ketones.
There are many skin-care creams that claim to be ideal for use on the face. However, it is advisable to research a product prior to purchase and do a little bit of reading about its ingredients. Many skin-care products contain mineral oil (such as grape seed oil) that actually add excess moisture to the skin, whereas other creams are made with Shea butter, which is very effective in hydrating and restoring skin’s natural moisture balance. It is also important to remember that although petroleum-based cosmetics are often gentler on the skin, they can cause blemishes.
Anti-aging creams and lotions are also increasingly popular in the cosmetics and beauty industry. These beauty products have grown in popularity in recent years due to the public’s increasing awareness of how their health can be affected by using anti-aging and anti-wrinkle beauty products. The most common anti-aging ingredient in these types of cosmetics is retinol. Retinol is also a member of the retinoids family. This family of chemicals includes vitamin A, vitamin C and beta-carotene.
With so many new beauty products introduced onto the market each year it is difficult to know which ones will work and which will not. A lot of research must go into any cosmetics or beauty product, including the research involved in finding the best anti-aging and anti-wrinkle ingredients. New developments are constantly occurring in the field of cosmetic science, and it is the job of the consumer to keep up with the latest developments in order to make the best informed decision when choosing beauty products. By using a little bit of research you can help ensure that you are purchasing the most effective product on the market.