Cosmetics — the history of its origin and development; the benefits of natural products and the harm of non-natural
Natural cosmetic, in particular, its benefits, as well as the harm of unnatural cosmetics, are increasingly beginning nowadays to become the subject of discussion. After all, most often in the arsenal of a modern girl there are so many different means designed to be her allies in the struggle for a beautiful appearance that can easily compete with the assortment of the largest supermarkets. This is just something for one face. Well, even for hair, body, soft elbows and sparkling heels. Jars, tubes, bottles, sprays of various cosmetic products in an impenetrable series are to protect our beauty. But are these allies so true?
Most often, these vials contain entire chemical laboratories. It has long been no secret that even in cosmetics, proudly referred to as «natural», natural ingredients no more than 5%. Everything else is the achievements of the modern chemical industry. This is not always reflected in the best way on our appearance, moreover, very often it is fraught with allergies and addiction.
History of the origin and development of natural cosmetics
But how, then, did our beautiful ancestors live? Really they somehow could manage only what nature had bestowed. And if we can not adopt their ways to become beautiful.
In fact, the history of the emergence and development of cosmetics has more than one thousand years, because women from the beginning of time sought to beautify themselves, emphasize their femininity, hide flaws and become more attractive to the opposite sex. Therefore, they had to use the gifts of nature to perform these tasks. Analogs of modern cosmetics appeared at the dawn of mankind, and they were most often based on plants and herbs, however, the girls were always extremely resourceful, and used, sometimes, quite unusual ingredients.
Ancient people, decorating their bodies, not only sought to add to it attractiveness. Most often this was a prerequisite for various religious rituals and solemn actions.
The word «cosmetics» comes from the Greek word «cosmo», which means «to decorate.»
Cosmetics has gained special popularity and has shown itself as an art in ancient Egypt. Locals painted their hair, lips, eyes, cheeks, nails, put on pictures on the body. Special attention was paid to the eyes. The contours of the eyes were encircled with a stick with a special composition called “Mastim”, which was black. In addition to aesthetic value, it also had a medical purpose. “Mastim” protected eyes from inflammations, and malachite greens used as shadows treated various diseases.
Cleopatra, by the way, was the very first author of the manual on the use of cosmetics. In it, she recommended using honey, milk, and various herbs to preserve beauty and youth. As we see from the history, there are a lot of secrets of various cosmetic products, but all of them are quite understandable to modern science and have long been explained to it.
Natural cosmetics received further development in Greek and Roman cultures. A woman always remains a woman, so even in the difficult times of the Middle Ages, when religion forbade correcting this given by God, women managed to add charm to themselves in various ways. For example, before a responsible event, pinched his lips and cheeks to add a blush to the face.
And only with the development of the chemical industry, women began to move away from nature, using artificial components for make-up. So whether modern technology has served the good service beauties?
Harm of non-natural cosmetics for the human body
Let’s try to figure out which non-natural ingredients, most often present in our daily care products, can harm our health.
- Sodium benzoate. This component can be found in the composition of very many cosmetics. But with regular contact with the human body, it can provoke a number of serious diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease. Also quite likely to develop skin diseases, dermatitis, allergic reactions.
- Cetyl alcohol. The first time will allow the skin to look perfect. But with the constant use of products containing this component, the deeper layers of the epidermis become more and more dehydrated.
- Zinc Oxide. If the technology of obtaining this component is not observed, zinc oxide in the composition of cosmetics becomes toxic for the large intestine.
- Glycerin stearate. The mechanism of action of this component on the body, in particular, on the skin is very interesting. Penetrating into the deepest layers of the epidermis, it pulls out all the moisture to the surface. That is why at the beginning of using the product with glycerin stearate, we like it, the skin is really moisturized. But this happens at the expense of its own resources, and leads, in the end, to complete exhaustion.
- Carbomer. A vivid example of a fairly strong allergen. Even in minimal amounts can cause allergies and severe skin rashes. But, even worse, when accumulated in the body to mutations, it primarily affects the liver and kidneys.
- Paraffin. With a sufficiently large amount in the body, it retains slags and toxins, delays their excretion, and as a result, prevents our skin from breathing. Therefore, contrary to the promises of manufacturers, cosmetics containing paraffin, lead to premature aging, and not rejuvenating effect.
- Propylparaben. As a result of research by scientists aimed at examining the causes of cancer, it was proved that propyl paraben in the composition of deodorants and antiperspirants penetrate the axillary region into the human body, and, accumulating there, causes breast cancer.
- Silicone. Nowadays, silicones can be contained in almost any form of cosmetics. But such tools should be used extremely rarely, because even though silicone can only help in solving a problem, for example, the volume of hair, with constant use it adds a lot of trouble and sometimes causes significant harm to beauty. Hair that is constantly under the silicone film, as well as the skin, with pores filled with silicone, will become dull and overdried.
- Mineral oil. In fact, mineral oil is waste oil industry. In the composition of cosmetic products, it clogs the pores, does not allow the epithelium to breathe, slows down cell regeneration, destroys the protective membrane of the skin. Quite often, mineral oil plays the role of a very strong allergen, causing dermatitis and skin rashes. Diabetes mellitus, epilepsy and cancer — these can be the consequences of the destructive effect of mineral oil on the human body.
This is not a complete list of «pests» of our skin. Just look at the composition indicated on any jar with a cosmetic, and this list will replenish and expand.
In our century, filled with technology, more and more girls are striving for naturalness, naturalness, wanting to get the maximum benefit for their organism. And the ranks of fans of folk remedies for self-care are increasing and increasing. And there are quite a number of reasons for this:
- Freshness. Due to the fact that products made at home according to popular recipes are most often designed for one application, you can always be sure of the freshness of your cosmetics. No expiration dates, no battalion of unused jars, tubes and vials.
- Quality. You independently regulate the quality and quantity of ingredients. For yourself, your favorite, of course, is choosing the best. That is why, your cosmetics will now always be high quality, made from the best and most useful components.
- Individuality. Of course, you know yourself better than anyone. That is why there is no need to adhere strictly to recipes. You can include fantasy, add something that, in your opinion, will give great benefit to you. Creating a tool with your own hands, you can add components that not only add to your attractiveness, but also lift your spirits, awaken pleasant memories.
- Cost Going to the store where the products of the cosmetology industry are sold, you can understand that if you buy several bottles, you can forget about food for a month. For a figure, of course, it may not be bad, but for health it is somehow unpleasant. Making care products will cost you an order of magnitude cheaper than purchasing similar tools in a store.
- Efficiency. Not for nothing, after all, women from ancient times used recipes based on natural ingredients to prolong their beauty and youth. This can only indicate the high efficiency and usefulness of such tools.
But in every barrel of honey there is a small fly in the ointment. Along with the benefits of natural cosmetics, there are, of course, some minor drawbacks. For example, some natural ingredients of various blends and formulations can cause allergies. But a small amount of time and experience is enough to understand exactly which recipes can bring the greatest benefit to your beauty and not cause harm to health.
There is one more negative point — made-up cosmetics are extremely short-lived, most often the number of ingredients is designed for one use precisely because of the short shelf life. Therefore, each time it will be necessary to prepare the tool again. And this time, which is so precious in our fast age. But aren’t we worthy of spending a bit of it just on our loved one?
As you can see for yourself, compared to industrial non-natural self-care products, natural home-made cosmetics have many more advantages (its use undoubtedly outweighs the harm that synthetic products can do). It is enough just to carefully examine the secrets of the beauty of our grandmothers and the recognized beauties of other eras, in order to learn how to preserve their youth and beauty in natural ways, without damaging their health with synthetics.