Ancient civilizations' cosmetics and the trigger that transformed the history of skincare

The number of individuals who use chemical cosmetics to harm their skin has risen dramatically in recent years. This may be due to the effects of « masked lifestyles ». Therefore, there is a growing trend towards organic cosmetics. Some people say, "I have never tried organic cosmetics, so I am not sure if they are suitable for my skin." However, organic cosmetics are by no means special cosmetics. As long as you are not allergic to plants, organic cosmetics are suitable for all skin types. They were widespread before the emergence of chemical cosmetics and have been used for thousands of years across the globe. In fact, organic cosmetics were the only cosmetics available until seventy to eighty years ago. Chemical cosmetics did not appear until around World War II, and they are a special type of cosmetic that appeared suddenly in the history of mankind.

Cleopatra of ancient Egypt, Yang Kwei-Hui of China, and Ono Komachi of Japan, all used cosmetics. They made fragrances, milk baths, pearl powder, white powder, blush, and eyebrow powder using plants and other botanical materials from their different areas. Of course, there was no chemical synthesis technology at the time, so they were only created from natural raw materials such as plants found in nature. As a result, no chemical components were pushed to enter the skin, as is the case today, and they did not experience irritation, dryness, or rough skin. It has even been said that Cleopatra’s skin was the most beautiful in the world.

However, since the end of World War II, petrochemicals have developed rapidly around the world and various beauty ingredients have been synthesized cheaply and in large quantities from naphtha, a petrochemical byproduct. Ingredients that had never existed in nature before soon began to be used as raw materials for cosmetics. They first began to be used in the makeup products of Hollywood actors. Gradually, they spread to the general public, who could afford them. At first, the refining technology was not advanced enough, leading to the spread of black skin disease, which was caused by cosmetics. Large-scale lawsuits were filed against cosmetic companies in the United States and Japan, and the disease became a major social problem. Later, with the improvement of refining technology, the toxicity gradually decreased, and the government set safety standards and regulated the amount of ingredients used, so skin problems gradually decreased.

However, synthetic ingredients are toxic in the first place, even in minute quantities. For this reason, the law strictly regulates the amounts of synthetic ingredients. However, it is not yet known what the effects will be over a long period of time, for example, 10 years. Manufacturers only conduct short-term safety tests before releasing their products to the market. A significant proportion of consumers who have used chemical cosmetics for long periods of time still develop dry, sensitive skin and, in more advanced cases, rosacea, a dermatitis that causes redness on the face, bumpy spots and itching. The number of people suffering from rosacea, either chronic or post-steroidal, is rapidly increasing due to the use of antibiotics and steroids prescribed by dermatologists for treatment. The cause of rosacea is medically unknown, and there is no established dermatological treatment. As a consequence, many individuals are unsure how to deal with the chronicity and aggravation of the problem, which dermatology cannot treat. From a dermatological point of view, many of these issues are clearly caused by the long-term usage of synthetic substances in cosmetics.

The barrier function of such skin has been compromised. When the barrier function is compromised, the epidermal cells become scabrous, the skin becomes very dry as moisture evaporates fast, and allergens in the air may readily permeate the skin, producing irritation. Chemical elements in sensitive skin products, such as moisturizers and preservatives, and steroids given by dermatologists just reduce symptoms rather than treat them, and do not address the underlying problem. Furthermore, the barrier function is disrupted in order to enable these synthetic chemicals to infiltrate the skin. As a result, repairing this function is critical.

Many doctors seem to advise avoiding moisturizing for rosacea type dermatitis. The skin is dry and uncomfortable, but moisturizing is not allowed. This is most likely due to the presence of chemical compounds in moisturizers that have been shown to worsen the illness. The doctor may prescribe moisturizing creams or lotions, but these also include chemical components that decrease inflammation, so even though the symptoms are temporarily relieved, they do not cure the root cause and get progressively worse as the condition progresses.

The main treatment is to keep the skin moisturized with lotion to prevent it from drying out. Moisturizing the skin permits part of the barrier function to operate. As the natural healing force works via frequent renewal, the barrier function will eventually be restored to normal. It is critical that cosmetics are 100% natural and organic. It is critical that the components are natural, that they have been used for a long time, and that they have been proved safe. Organic products operate slowly on the skin, so it may take some time to see results. But don't be in such a rush. It is critical to complete this step as soon as feasible. Organic cosmetics are, so to speak, a long-forgotten product, but they are the only ones that can repair and heal the broken barrier function. After all, man is part of nature.

It is important to note that the overwhelming majority of so-called organic cosmetics on the market contain chemical ingredients. Nearly 90% of cosmetics that claim to be organic contain some sort of chemical ingredient, such as moisturizers, preservatives, or surfactants. Using products with chemical ingredients can irritate and aggravate skin with rosacea and rosacea-like dermatitis. Even if a product is certified organic, most certifying authorities around the world allow less than 5% chemical ingredients, mainly because they tolerate a certain level of manufacturing techniques and preservation methods. It is not easy for consumers to choose truly safe organic cosmetics with 100% natural ingredients from a myriad of vaping products. It is important to carefully examine the ingredients and not be seduced by the image strategy of cosmetics that feature quick-fix magic tricks. Magic cosmetics with instant effects employ synthetic polymers and synthetic surfactants to generate effects that catch customer attention and compete in their advertising to establish an image. It is important to consider the long-term effects of cosmetics that are only beneficial in the short term. 

To wrap up our discussion, we believe that routines based on organic cosmetics with 100 percent natural ingredients that have been handed down through the generations may rejuvenate women's skin.

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