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All You Need To Know About Cosmetics: History, Science & Research

by Verena Prantl |  | 1 comment

What is the link between science and cosmetics? We believe there is a strong one! The discipline of cosmetic science is ever more important in a society that launches beauty products on a daily basis. But where does the word 'cosmetics' come from? What does it mean? How did people centuries ago use cosmetics? And in what way are science, research and cosmetics connected?


Definition of Cosmetics

Derived from Ancient Greek, cosmetics means something similar to 'I decorate' or 'I adorn'. In a broader sense, this refers to body and beauty care, in order to reach a corresponding ideal of beauty. That is why the products and substances used for this purpose bears the name of cosmetics. The transition from cosmetics to beauty to ​​hygiene or wellness products is almost fluid, as the areas overlap partially.

Basically, the goal of cosmetics is not only to improve of the external appearance, but it should also serve a purpose, above all, to increase the positive feeling of life. Today's applications of cosmetics can be roughly divided into five areas:

  • Care, Cleansing & Protection: As skin care products like creams, soaps or lotions.
  • Body Odour: Perfumes, deodorants, eau de toilette
  • Hair care: Shampoo, but also hair dyes or mousses and sprays
  • Oral and Dental hygiene: Tooth paste, floss and mouthwash for dental care
  • Decorative Applications: Classic make-up such as mascara, nail polish, tanning lotions

Cosmetics & History: A Brief Overview

Cosmetics is not a modern day invention - even the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used certain substances to beautify their appearance. Kajal, for example, was already well known by the Egyptians. In some cases, the time and place of archaeological findings can be determined on the basis of cosmetics, because depending on which ideal of beauty was currently in fashion, the way of applying cosmetics naturally also changed. For example, not so long ago, the slogan 'the paler the better' was en vogue. The simple background of this was that fine and noble ladies were characterized by their paleness - of course supported by cosmetics. It was proof of their prosperity that they did not have to work in the blazing sun, leaving their skin untanned.

In the Middle Ages, however, excessive use of cosmetics in the Catholic Church was considered pagan, resulting in much less intensive use. Only in the Renaissance, cosmetics saw a new boom: wigs were worn and powder used, as many Hollywood films illustrate, and also perfumes against bad body odour gained importance.

Science & Research in Cosmetics

With the current state of science, it is possible to create beauty products recipes in a way that only the most suitable ingredients are combined. But there are still vast, unexplored areas in this field, which is why it is essential for the cosmetics industry to have good and capable researchers in their team. We are particularly looking for qualified employees in the medical-pharmaceutical sector, because both the demand for new products and the state of the art do not stand still. Research in the field of cosmetics is becoming increasingly important in order to launch new, innovative products in the market.

NAVI is such an innovative product range that promises skin care with an improved skin appearance. Our products range from a wonderful NAVI- Anti-Pollution Hydro Day Cream to our NAVI - Pore-Refining Hydro-Emulsion, and our nourishing NAVI Revitalizing Hydro–Night Cream. Our one-of-a-kind NAVI-Ultra-Whitening Serum was developed a eliminating treatment against dark spots. Our mild NAVI -Pure Refreshing Cleansing Gel is best suited for daily cleansing of face and neck.

Do your skin a favour and try out our products today!

Comments (1)

  • Anna Haselwanter on September 24, 2018

    Wow! I didn’t know that they can date time and place of archeological findings because of the cosmetics tjey used at that time! That’s pretty awesome.

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