Personal care or cosmetic products are more than just means to cleanse, care for or beautify the appearance of the human body, they often contribute considerably to our individual well-being and self-respect.
Cosmetics are probably as old as mankind – just like their components. Cosmetic ingredients can generally be derived from a variety of sources, ranging from natural to synthetic substances.
These ingredients are used in the formulation of personal care products which are broadly classified into hair care, skin care, sun care, cleansing, make up or (please select what consumers will better understand) , oral care, toiletries, cosmetics and fragrances.
The benefits of cosmetic ingredients
Cosmetic ingredients bring many benefits to consumers. For example, UV filters help to protect skin and hair from the harmful effects of UV rays. Surfactants are essential for cleansing and foam-building in shampoos and body washes. Preservatives prevent contamination and ensure the longevity of cosmetics and personal care products.
A comprehensive list of cosmetic ingredients and their benefits is available on the website of the European Commission.
Regulation of cosmetic ingredients
Cosmetic ingredients are globally regulated by regional laws and regulations.
In the European Union they are regulated under the Cosmetics Regulation. The Cosmetics Directive was first adopted in 1976 and has been regularly updated, with its latest update, the entry into force on July 11, 2013 of the Cosmetic Regulation.