Go for au naturel is the new direction of the beauty industry. With a lot of people getting more cautious of the artificial chemicals contained in beauty products, natural skin care products are being a trend paving way for manufacturers of skin care and cosmetics to develop more products that would unleash that “no make-up make-up” with cosmetic products as skin care products themselves.
Our ancient Egyptian ancestors were the first ones who made use of natural skin care products some 6000 years ago. They turned to none other than nature to give them solutions to a variety of skin problems and to guard their skin from harsh elements. Cleopatra’s milk bath is the most famous skin care regimen of ancient times. She used milk for exfoliation of the body with various oils and scented fat on her head to prevent body odor. The use of makeup also started during the ancient times wherein makeup powders were made by mashing of leaves and other natural substances. The use of makeup powder was then used to pay homage to gods and goddesses. These natural cosmetics during the ancient times were also used in ancient traditions. Henna, olive oil, ostrich eggs, milk, dough, kohl, and essential oils coming from herbs and plants were all used as natural ingredients by our Egyptian ancestors.
In primeval Greece, skin care products and cosmetics are more universal. Female slaves were the ones who produced their cosmetics (Cosmetae) and these cosmetics were used in trading around the Mediterranean.
Five thousand years ago, Indian medical practices started the so-called Ayurvedic skin care. The holistic approach of the use of Ayurvedic skin care are composed of aloe vera, ground almond, walnut shell, almond, avocado, cutch tree, witch hazel, cocoa, clay, castor, cucumber, cornmeal, ginseng, grape seed oil, emu oil, ginseng, horse chestnut, grape seed oil, and honey. The use of nail polish started in China in 3000 BC. Theirs at tha time made use of gum Arabic which is a natural gum made from the sap of acacia tree combined with gelatin from animals, eggs, and beeswax. It was then the Royals who wore gold and silver (and later on black or red) while the lower classes were not allowed to use brilliant colors. Nail polish during that era represented social class.
For natural fragrances and other natural skin care products, it was the Middle East who popularized them with Abu al-Qssum al-Zahrawi authoring a whole chapter of encyclopedia dedicated to cosmetics alone. He then started regarding cosmetics as a field of science.
The famous Geisha, on the other hand, popularized makeup in Japan. Flower petals were crushed and used for painting faces with bintsuke wax as the makeup base. Grounded rice powder and bird droppings were used for painting their faces white which became the trademark of Geisha.
The recognition of makeup and cosmetics changed throughout the medieval era up until the early 20th century, when their fame risen because of their use in theatres and Hollywood. Skin care companies then realized the potential of cosmetics for mass market.