Cosmetic History Worldwide – Beauty and the Beast

Cosmetic is synonymous to women and we state that since billions of dollars are being spent with women on makeup to boost their attractiveness quotient. Cosmetics are an indispensable part of a female’s lifetime – the passion for beauty-enhancing elements cuts across all strata of society.

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In my effort to dig to the cosmetic background and unearth the love affair between women and makeup, I came across many interesting facts that I want to share with my readers. These makeup were used by the girls of the upper class in order to enhance the beauty of their facial skin and even treat skin issue like wrinkles, stretch marks, scars, hair development etc.. This brings us to an interesting conclusion i.e. there hasn’t been any significant shift in the purpose behind the usage of cosmetics.The Western area of the world was a late entrant into decorative history along with the use of cosmetics and it all began during the middle ages. Here too makeup were an elite affair and the commoners were bereft of the luxury. The usage of cosmetics was not taken in a very positive manner by the Church and it ultimately banned its use. Queen Victoria extended her support for the Church’s position. Thus cosmetics found its brand new fans in the brothels where it adorned the faces of prostitutes. An interesting twist on the narrative came with Hitler declaring that makeup were better suited to the faces of Clowns and women belonging to the master race should shun its usage.The following two hundred years witnessed a rapid growth in cosmetic usage and even girls belonging to the lower strata of this society started to use cosmetic goods. The 18th century was very significant in terms of the modifications in technology for the production of makeup. The French started to use new procedures, chemicals and organic ingredients. Hazardous chemicals such as zinc oxide were being used as the foundation and the use of aluminum or lead was abolished. In the end of the 19th century, the very first beauty salons were put up.Quick use of cosmetics cosmetics started from the early 1930s; actresses and theatre artists began to use makeup in their own films. After World War II, there was rapid increase in the cosmetic sector where more and more women started using makeup. Soon with the introduction of electronic media like TV and Radio, makeup became a part of every woman’s lifestyle.To date the importance of cosmetics has not reduced, but in fact, improved in the life of women. It’s currently over a 50 billion dollar industry. However, as its foundation evolves, cosmetics will take on fresh significance. Past cosmetic history focused on women’s beauty and the civilization of anti-aging. The near future will focus on the dangers inherent in the continuing use of synthetically formulated cosmetic solutions. These synthetic chemicals have been shown to be toxic in nature, and over time, clinical trials will show them to be poisonous to one’ health. A number of these toxins have already been associated with cancer, birth defects, infertility, liver and liver malfunctions, and much, much more.Lately, a lecture was presented with the Environmental Working Group, the EWG. Their mission is to protect kids from the effects of poisonous compounds in the water, food, atmosphere, and products we use everyday. Without getting into too much detail here’s a review of the findings of this EWG as it relates to cosmetic products.Women, normally, use 12 skincare products daily which expose them to 160 toxic chemicals; 10 babies, still inside their mother’s womb, were tested for chemicals in their bloodstreams with these outcomes; 287 toxic chemicals were discovered of which 134 were connected to cancer; 151 were linked to birth defects; 186 were connected to infertility; 130 were connected to the immune system, and so forth.That is enough statistics to give you pause from the decorative products used daily. Past and future posts will delve deeper into the topic. For now, historically, we have presented the two sides of cosmetic history. The past emphasized the beauty aspects of healthcare products, while the future should and focus on the risks inherent in the daily usage of toxic-laden cosmetic products.