Cosmetics are not a recent invention. Humans have continued to use various materials to alter their appearance or emphasise their facial features for more than 10,000 years. Contextually speaking women in ancient Egypt used Khol for this purpose. This component was primarily used to darken eyelids. Historically, Cleopatra is said to use this substance to darken her eyelids. Different historical journal retells the stories of the earliest use of nail polish in China and the use of lead carbonate by Greece women to achieve a pale complexion. However, today’s cosmetics are a far cry from their pre-historic counterparts. To get an idea on the consumption and popularity of these products, it is imperative to share some numeric data collected by engaging various surveys; the results reveal an estimated expenditure of $4.5-7 billion annually on cosmetics; thus leading one to conclude that this industry is certainly growing by leaps and bounds. So keeping this growth in mind, it is important to mention that there are certain types of (manufactured) cosmetics. Arguably, there are four primary types of cosmetics regarding manufacturing that you need to be aware of:
- Synthetic Cosmetics
Described as a substance or preparation intended for placement in contact with any external part of the human body. Synthetic cosmetics are utilised to cleanse, perfume, protect and transform the appearance of human bodies or in a more general perspective alter it’s (human body’s) naturally produced odours. Coincidentally, products claiming to ‘alter a bodily process or prevent, diagnose, cure or mitigate any condition, disease or defect’ are called therapeutics. This particular distinction implies that shampoos and deodorants are placed in the cosmetics category, as opposed to the placement of anti-dandruff shampoos and antiperspirants in the umbrella of therapeutics.
‘Cosmeceuticals’ is a rapidly growing division of the cosmetics’ industry. These products are classified as cosmetic-pharmaceuticals designed to improve the health and beauty of the skin by producing a particular result. Cosmeceutical products’ extend from acne-control, anti-wrinkle effects all the way to UV protection. The concept discovered –originally- by Dr Albert Klingman asserts that ‘The Cosmeceuticals are subjective agents that are scattered across the broad spectrum of substances, lying somewhere between pure cosmetics (lipstick and rouge) and pure drugs (antibiotics, corticosteroids).
Natural cosmetics are designed specifically to beautify and care for the human body by using -natural- raw materials such as plant oils, fats, waxes, herbal extracts, essential oils and aromatic materials from controlled botanical cultivation or controlled biological wild collection. In addition to the careful selection of raw materials, the ecological impact of each product plays an important role.
Experts at the IQ Natural remark that natural cosmetics should stimulate and support human natural skin functions, rather than supplant physiological processes. These products offer gentle, nutritious care and are thus an essential aid to the health of skin at any age. Natural cosmetics revitalise and harmonise body, soul and spirit.
- Mineral Cosmetics
Since we are discussing the abstract types of cosmetics, thus the final key in this chain is the ‘Mineral Cosmetics’. The term ‘mineral makeup’ refers to a class of makeup, including foundation, eye shadow, blush, and bronzer, made with loose, dry mineral powders. So you might be wondering what exactly are these Mineral Cosmetics? Or more appropriately what is their identity matrix? Well, to put it simply, experts remark that usually these products are combined with the oil-water emulsions. Lipsticks, (liquid) foundations, and other viscous cosmetics, as well as compressed makeups such as eye shadow and blush in certain vanities, are often called Mineral Makeup if they have the same primary ingredients as dry mineral makeups. And more importantly, Mineral Makeup usually does not contain synthetic fragrances, preservatives, parabens, mineral oil, and chemical dyes.