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Natural Products Chemistry & Research
Joshi and Pawar Nat Prod Chem Res 2015, 3:2
DOI: 10.4172/2329-6836.1000170 Open Access
ISSN: 2329-6836
Research Article
Herbal Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals: An Overview
Laxmi S Joshi1 and Harshal A Pawar2*
1Research Scholar, Dr. L.H. Hiranandani College of Pharmacy, Ulhasnagar-3, Maharashtra, India
2Assistant Professor and Head of Department (Quality Assurance), Dr. L.H. Hiranandani College of Pharmacy, Ulhasnagar-3, Maharashtra, India
Abstract
Herbal cosmetics are formulated, using different cosmetic ingredients to form the base in which one or more herbal ingredients are used to cure various skin ailments. The name itself suggests that herbal cosmetics are natural and free from all the harmful synthetic chemicals which otherwise may prove to be toxic to the skin. Compared to other beauty products, natural cosmetics are safe to use. Cosmeceuticals are cosmetic-pharmaceutical hybrid products intended to improve the health and beauty of the skin by providing a specific result, ranging from acne-control and anti-wrinkle effects, to sun protection. Cosmeceuticals have medicinal benefits which affect the biological functioning of skin depending upon type of functional ingredients they contain. These are cosmetic products that are not just used for beautification but for different skin ailments. These products improve the functioning/texture of the skin by boosting collagen growth by eradicating harmful effects of free radicals, maintains keratin structure in good condition and making the skin healthier. There are numerous herbs available naturally having different uses in cosmetic preparations for skincare, hair care and as antioxidants. The current review highlights importance of herbal cosmetics, the herbs used in them and their advantages over the synthetic counterparts.
Keywords: Cosmetic; Cosmeceutical; Antioxidant; Drug; Herbs Introduction
The concept of beauty and cosmetics dates back to ancient mankind and civilization. Generally herbal cosmetics are also referred to as natural cosmetics. Herbal cosmetics are formulated, using different cosmetic ingredients to form the base in which one or more herbal ingredients are used to cure various skin ailments. Plants are highly used for development of new drug products for cosmeceuticals and pharmaceutical applications [1]. Herbal cosmetics are the products in which herbs are used in crude or extract form [2].
Herbal Cosmetics, referred as Products, are formulated, using various permissible cosmetic ingredients to form the base in which one or more herbal ingredients are used to provide defined cosmetic benefits only, shall be called as “Herbal Cosmetics”. Herbs do not produce instant cures. They offer a way to put the body in proper tune with nature [3]. A huge number of cosmetic and toiletry formulations have been designed and developed based u p o n Indian Herbs recently. Other than traditionally documented applications, some modern trials have also been using the utility of Indian herbs in Personal Care products. The demand of herbal medicines is increasing rapidly due to their skin friendliness and lack of side effects. The best thing of the herbal cosmetics is that it is purely made by the herbs and shrubs and thus is side-effects free. The natural content in the herbs does not have any side effects on the human body; instead provide the body with nutrients and other useful minerals [4]. The term Cosmeceuticals was first used by Raymond Reed founding member of U.S Society of Cosmetics Chemist in 1961. He actually used the word to brief the active and science based cosmetics. The above term was further used by Dr Albert Kligman in the year 1984 to refer the substances that have both cosmetic and therapeutic benefits [5]. Cosmeceuticals are cosmetic-pharmaceutical hybrids intended to enhance health and beauty through ingredients that influence the skin's biological texture and function [6].
Advantages of Herbal Cosmetics over Synthetic [7]
Herbal cosmetics are the modern trend in the field of beauty and fashion. These agents are gaining popularity as nowadays most women prefer natural products over chemicals for their personal care to enhance their beauty as these products supply the body with nutrients and enhance health and provide satisfaction as these are free from
Nat Prod Chem Res
ISSN: 2329-6836 NPCR, an open access journal
synthetic chemicals and have relatively less side-effects compared to the synthetic cosmetics.
Following are some of the advantages of using natural cosmetics which make them a better choice over the synthetic ones:
Natural products
The name itself suggests that herbal cosmetics are natural and free from all the harmful synthetic chemicals which otherwise may prove to be toxic to the skin. Instead of traditional synthetic products different plant parts and plant extracts are used in these products, e.g. aloe-vera gel and coconut oil. They also consist of natural nutrients like Vitamin E that keeps skin healthy, glowing and beautiful. For example, Aloevera is a herbal plant species belonging to liliaceae family and is naturally and easily available [8]. There are a rising number of consumers concerned about ingredients such as synthetic chemicals, mineral oils who demand more natural products with traceable and more natural ingredients, free from harmful chemicals and with an emphasis on the properties of botanicals [9].
Safe to use
Compared to other beauty products, natural cosmetics are safe to use. They are hypo-allergenic and tested and proven by dermatologists to be safe to use anytime, anywhere. Since they are made of natural ingredients, people don’t have to worry about getting skin rashes or experience skin itchiness. Example - BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) and BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) are closely related synthetic antioxidants and are used as preservatives in lipsticks and moisturizers [10]. BHA and BHT can induce allergic reactions in the skin [11]. The international Agency for Research on Cancer classifies BHA as
*Corresponding author: Harshal A Pawar, Dr. L.H. Hiranandani College of Pharmacy, Ulhasnagar-3, Maharashtra, India, Tel: 918097148638; E-mail: harshal.dlhhcop@gmail.com
Received January 24, 2015; Accepted February 14, 2015; Published February 16, 2015
Citation: Joshi LS, Pawar HA (2015) Herbal Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals: An Overview. Nat Prod Chem Res 3: 170. doi:10.4172/2329-6836.1000170
Copyright: © 2015 Joshi LS, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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