Volume XXVII - Nr.1 - November 2012

Passage from Lexicon Vol. XXV, Nr 1, 2010

Natural beauty products or natural cosmetics? 

Natural Cosmetics certainly is to be intended as that one having -as ultimate aim- to keep skin system in its anatomical, physio­logical and bio-chemical normality.

To restore and maintain the important functions of this fascinating system, the main of which is the barrier function intended in bi-directional meaning (protection against out­side agents and control of water loss), above all it is useful to consider that the skin is the first defense of our organism towards the surrounding environment. Therefore, it's evident that balances that regulate skin functionality are fundamental and that decisive is that these balances not only are to be left unaltered, but sustained by focused and appropriate treatments.

Beauty treatment certainly can give an im­portant support, provided that there are some conditions for action possibility.

It should be emphasized that the basic princi­ple to maintain the balance of all the functions of the skin is to avoid mismanagements that, if consolidated, also would make moderate -or even useless- the effectiveness of most specific beauty preparations (incorrect feeding, change of the sleep-waking rhythm, intake of toxic substances as alcohol, nicotine, drugs, application of improper substances, contact with irritant agents, excessive exposure to sun and to suntan lamps, lasting permanence at improper temperature and moisture, sedentariness, etc.).

The skin system is programmed to carry-on its "natural" functions and to do so, it needs to be respected according its structure never forget­ting that the aim is to guarantee skin function­ality according to nature. Therefore, while applying the concept of Natural Cosmetics, the origin of ingredients should be deemed as secondary. The demand should be addressed towards a selection of ingredients, excipients included, that offer wide guarantees of harmlessness, stability in preparation and application conditions, as well of effectiveness, according to fixed and expected canons.



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