The organic cosmetic and skin care industry is on the rise. But it’s no surprise. People in the 21st century are starting to realize that cosmetics and skin care products should have an expiration date much like the foods they eat. Skin care products are food for the skin. If you can pass down your skin care products to your grandchildren, those skin care products are probably not good for you. Lets be honest, a natural look is a better look and it starts with healthy skin.
The history of Skin Care
Skin care wasn’t always about beauty. In fact archaeologists have found evidence of people using plant based skin protection as far back as 6000 BC in Egypt. These early people understood that protecting skin was important for preserving their natural beauty and overall health. Later on, people started to use plant based colorants to accentuate their features.
The following is a list of compounds used in different parts of the ancient world for skin care:
Egypt: clay, olive oil, honey, milk, sea salt
Greece: berries, milk, olive oil, yogurt, honey
Medieval and Renaissance Europe: silver mercury, lead, herbs (obviously mercury and lead are no bueno), honey, oatmeal, vinegar, aloe vera, rosemary, cucumbers, various flowers, rose water
18th century: zinc oxide, egg yolks, honey, oatmeal, lemon juice
19th and 20th century: Parabens, phthalates, aluminum salts, and petrochemicals are commonly used in this time. Modern chemistry allowed scientists to create artificial skin care products. L’Oreal, Elizabeth Arden, Max Factor, and Maybelline created cheaper alternative products to sell on a mass market. These chemicals would not go bad, and could be mass produced at a very low cost.
21st Century Skin Care
A movement to go back to organic skin care is underway. Good news for those who are looking for a wider verity of all natural products. By 2022, it is estimated that the organic skin care market will reach $19.8 Billion USD and $25 Billion USD by 2025. That’s an annual growth of 10% from 2016 to 2025. That is a major shift in the market to say the least.
There are more government oversight and regulations when it comes to making sure that organic sources are true to what they claim. As a result, organic products are having an easier time moving from various regions. The market for organic products have never been brighter.