The world of skin care has advanced tremendously over the last 30 years. Gone are the days when a simple face wash with soap and water or just ordinary shampoo for the hair was sufficient to maintain skin complexion and texture. These days, there are thousands of products that are available at beauty stores and pharmacies that improve the look and feel of the skin.
Many years ago, you may have heard from your mom that using the soap and water and applying certain oils to the skin was more than sufficient to keep the skin soft and supple. But these days, soft and supple is just not enough. Skincare treatments have been researched in remarkable detail looking at pore size and skin colour, just to name a few aspects. It is now believed that using simple soap and water can in fact dry out the skin making it prone to blemishes and acne.
But if one would look at the history of skincare in a bit more detail, some of the findings may actually surprise you. For example, in the Elizabethan era in the 1500s, in addition to tight corsets and hip padding, skincare also took a fair amount of priority. Noble women often wore a white powder on their face called the Venetian ceruse. This contained a mixture of lead, hydroxide and carbonate. Application of this was followed by other products and lipsticks.
Of course, life has become a lot easier than what it used to be many years ago. Skincare products have reached an all-time high with almost every skin condition being now treatable with over-the-counter skincare treatments. Let us take BB and CC creams for example. BB creams, also called blemish balm creams, is a cosmetic product that acts as an all in one solution when it comes to skincare. It is enriched with minerals, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C, all of which help improve the tone and appearance of skin. While these creams seem to be more popular in south-east Asian countries, they have more recently entered the Western market, having been launched by multinational cosmetic companies. CC creams, also called colour control creams, are a form of skincare products that provides the necessary nourishment and the essential protection the skin needs from the harmful rays of the sun. Clearly the skincare that our moms taught us many years ago is likely to be no longer effective given the different aspects of skincare that have now been considered to be essential!
But advanced skincare does not just end there. Creams are enriched with glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid can now improve texture and turgor of skin, making it appear youthful in a matter of days. Specific sunscreens are also available that did not exist many years ago. Treatments for skin conditions such as acne are easily available.
Skin protection and rejuvenation has become a worldwide billion-dollar industry that continues to grow. And there is no doubt that the change is remarkably different to what our moms taught us was the right way to look after our skin!