Beauty is often defined as a subjective aspect of human activities that make these activities pleasurable to observe. These activities may include art, sunsets, landscapes and other works of artistic art. Beauty, along with art and beauty, is often the central topic of aesthetics, among the various branches of modern philosophy. In aesthetic terms, beauty is defined as an object that gives or produces pleasure or satisfaction.
It must be noted that beauty has many different dimensions and many different facets. Aesthetics may focus on the visual aspects such as color, form, space, texture and lighting. Others may focus on the emotional aspects of beauty such as its ability to affect the individual psyche. Plants have been used as a source of natural beauty for thousands of years, and recently, the beauty industry has begun to tap into this natural resource in the manufacture of skin care products, hair care products, bath and beauty products, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
The beauty industry’s increased need for plant-based ingredients has created a market which is worth billions of dollars annually. The scope and range of products manufactured using plant-based ingredients are enormous. They cover everything from face and body care to toilet tissue and hair care. These plant-based ingredients deliver unique health benefits and extend the durability and shelf life of personal care products. Beauty is no longer just about looking good; today it has become an important part of everyday life.
Recent technological advancements have made possible the production of effective natural, safe and organic beauty products. This new product category offers the benefits of a natural and healthy lifestyle with the convenience of daily use. The plant-based ingredients found in these products have been shown to heal, rejuvenate and beautify not only the skin but also the inside organs, nervous system, and the body itself.
Some of the most common ingredients used in skin care products include natural vitamin E, aloe vera, chamomile, avocado extract, jojoba oil, shea butter, emu oil, manuka honey and kaolin. All these ingredients are plant-based and they offer multiple benefits, including anti-aging, soothing, antibacterial, antioxidant and more. Yet, many of these ingredients may cause allergic reactions or irritation when applied to the skin. An analysis by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that about 25% of the parabens used in skin care products were synthetic, man-made chemicals. These chemicals can mimic the hormone estrogen and are linked to the development of breast cancer.
The FDA identified five main ingredients found in cosmetics as the most common source of allergic reaction: ethoxyquin, phenoxyethanol, benzylparaben, propylparaben and triclosan. Most of the parabens and phthalates have been banned in other countries but the U.S. authorities do not ban them. The problem is that these harmful ingredients are widely used because they are cheap and are readily available in cosmetics products.