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History of cosmetics: definition, characteristics and types.

We have talked a lot about cosmetics, about laws, regulations, etc., but surely, due to human curiosity, we would like to know something more about the history of cosmetics.

Consequently, in this article we want to take a brief tour of the history of cosmetics, through the ages, up to the present day.

INDEX

1 History of cosmetics: definition, characteristics and types.

1.1 Where does the word cosmetic come from?

1.2 History of cosmetics

1.2.1 Other civilizations

1.2.2 The first advertisements

1.3 Prohibition of substances hazardous to health

1.4 Classification of cosmetic products according to their form

1.5 Types of makeup that we find today according to their durability

1.5.1 Permanent makeup or micro-pigmentation

1.5.2 Semi-permanent makeup

1.5.3 Waterproof makeup

1.5.4 Water-resistant make-up

1.6 Responsible consumption

1.7 Evolution of the history of cosmetics towards safety

Where does the word cosmetic come from?

Although cosmetics were used long before, the etymological origin of the word, as it is known today, comes from Greek culture.

Actually, the word “Cosmetic” is the sum of the noun Cosmos (which comes to mean “beauty and order”) and the suffix “–icon” (whose meaning would be “relative”).

In this way we call these substances that are used to improve or protect the appearance of our body. They are also used to alter the smell of our bodies. The way they do this is by altering their appearance, without affecting their structures or functions.

As an example, we can find the «Makeup«; that appeared as we know it today, in the French theaters of the 19th century. In this way, with this name they called the paint that the actors put on their faces to go on stage. The purpose of these paintings was, both to discolor the skin of the face, as well as that of other visible parts of the body, to highlight them.

Story about cosmetics

Incredible as it may seem, the use of cosmetics dates back thousands of years. In fact, the first references to the history of cosmetics date back to around 4,000 BC. Specifically, the history of cosmetics dates back to the times of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

At that time, all men and women painted their eyes with black and green powders, such as black kohl (what we know today as eyeliner) that contained lead salts.

Its use, apart from aesthetic, was also preventive against the diseases of the time. Or so it was believed! Other civilizations

Lead salts were not only used by the Egyptians but also in the complexions of women in the Roman Empire and in England in the 16th century.

A clear reference was Queen Elizabeth I. She used a mixture of lead and vinegar that received the name of Venetian ceruse or "spirit of Saturn" which could soften the complexion of a woman, but which, in the long term, caused depigmentation of the skin! Skin, hair loss and rotten teeth!

The first advertisements

As early as the end of the 19th century, pill cans were advertised in American newspapers. These pills in principle, if ingested, ensured the disappearance of freckles, pimples and facial defects in general, however, what these pill cans contained was arsenic.

Even so, and knowing already in Victorian times that arsenic was poisonous, some women thought that a little bit would not hurt them!

In this way, the expression "to show off you have to suffer" was internalized.

The prohibition of substances dangerous to health

Luckily, as of 2009, the REGULATION (EC) 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products prohibited the use of lead, arsenic and their respective compounds, among others.

Since then, cosmetics have evolved a lot, especially in their composition.

Classification of cosmetic products according to their shape

Throughout history, cosmetics have evolved and have been divided into several families in their classification as shown below:

  • Solutions and lotions (perfumes, glitter…)
  • Emulsions (cleansing milks, creams…)
  • Suspensions (fluid makeup)
  • Gels
  • Foams
  • Sprayers (powder makeup)
  • Solids (lipstick, eye pencil, compact powder...)

Types of makeup that we find today according to their durability

Currently we can find different cosmetics, classified according to their durability, as well as their resistance to water. In this way we can find cosmetics as classified below:

Semi-permanent makeup

Definition: It is a manual technique of semi-permanent and hyper-realistic makeup in which the eye line eyebrows lips are drawn thus achieving a three-dimensional effect durability of some products in general product shelf life moisturizing creams face and body from 12 to 18 months eyeliner from 3 to 4 months gel eyeliner from 1 to 2 months eye pencil from 6 to 12 months make-up remover from 6 to 12 months shampoo and bath gel from 12 to 18 months make-up bases from 6 to 12 months compact powder from 12 to 24 months lipstick from 12 to 24 months nail lacquer from 10 to 12 months mascara from 3 to 6 months cream pencil eyeliner up to 24 months shadows from 12 to 36 months lip liner up to 36 months sunscreens from 10 to 12 months risks the most common are allergic reactions granulomas waterproof makeup completely waterproof cosmetic products thanks to their composition fine waxes and micro-ionized powders that adhere to the skin and create a kind of uniform film that is compatible with water to ensure that makeup remains stable water-resistant make-up products that are not resistant to contact with water however are only resistant to perspiration and tears so watch out for the rain responsible consumption first of all it is worth highlighting the importance of reading the labeling of cosmetics to make good use of them for products that have a shelf life of more than 30 months the date of consumption once opened will appear on the container that is the number of months that the product remains in good condition once it has been opened this information must be taken into account since after this time the product does not guarantee to retain its initial properties for example the jar shown below indicates that it is the symbol used to represent this date for example 12 months history of cosmetics period in good condition after opening 12 months evolution of the history of cosmetics towards safety as has been seen throughout history cosmetics have evolved a lot and not only in quality and presentation but above all in safety were it not for the approval of regulation 12232009 perhaps we would continue to put lead or arsenic in the false belief that they are good and safe for us if you are a manufacturer exporter distributor or person responsible for cosmetic products and you have any related questions from our legal advice for the cosmetic industry in the tandem consulting department we can help you and clarify all related issues next and continuing with what our legal advice for the cosmetic industry can offer you the following services stand out preparation of the cosmetic product information file or pig preparation of safety data sheets includes revision and translation creation of clp labels review and translation included review of labels for end user review of the eip or pif cosmetic product information file elaboration of pnt notification of Best cosmetic products in the European portal cpnp and in the intcf mandatory in the case of Spain advice for the transport of ad cosmetic products and security advisor we help you prepare the audit for the bpfc iso22716 certification registration to obtain the national par pharmacy code finally we recommend that you contact us and we will be happy to help you by Mireya Catalan September 29 2020 categories audits and systems she engineering floods environment prevention of occupational hazards legal requirements product safety industrial security uncategorized recent posts calculation of the carbon footprint scope 3 emissions solar energy what is it and how does it work declaration of drug precursors publication of the new regulation of pressure equipment chemical weapons annual declaration of activities carried out subscribe to our newsletter receive our articles on regulations and laws of the chemical cosmetic and  transport industry more about semi  volume up seem definitions of semi noun informal 1 a semifinal they defeated them in the semi prefix 1 half semicircular 2 partly in some degree or particular semiconscious examples of semi format quote they defeated them in the semi send feedback side panels history saved contribute.

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