Historia de los cosméticos

History of cosmetics

Cosmetics have been part of human history for thousands of years. Throughout the centuries, humans have used various products and techniques to improve their appearance and protect their skin. The history of cosmetics is rich and varied, full of surprises and discoveries.

In ancient times, cosmetics were mainly used by the Egyptians. Egyptian women and men used a wide variety of skin and hair care products, including oils, ointments, perfumes, and makeup. Kohl, a black powder made from lead, antimony, and other ingredients, was popular for lining the eyes and making them appear larger and brighter.

In Greece and Rome, cosmetics were also very popular. The Greeks used scented oils and ointments for skin care, while the Romans used powders and creams for makeup and facial cleansing. In the 16th century, cosmetics became more popular in Europe, and began to be mass produced. At this time, makeup was mainly worn by the aristocracy, and was considered a sign of status.

During the Victorian era, cosmetics became more popular in general society. Women began using makeup to cover imperfections and enhance their natural beauty. New products were also created, such as moisturizers and sunscreens. At the end of the 19th century, the first cosmetics companies were created, such as the French Coty and the American Elizabeth Arden.

In the 20th century, cosmetics became increasingly professional and specialized. Companies began creating products for all skin types and needs, and focused on advertising and marketing to attract consumers. The cosmetics industry has expanded rapidly in recent years, leading to new discoveries and advances in cosmetics technology.

Nowadays, cosmetics are an essential part of our daily routine and women use on average about 15 cosmetics (from toothpaste to nail varnish). Skin care, makeup and fragrance products are available in a wide variety of options and prices, allowing consumers to find the products that best fit their needs and budgets. 

We know that our proposal is quite daring but at Method R we want to return to the origins. Offer more sustainable cosmetics, simplify not only the cosmetic routine but all processes, opting for local suppliers and local manufacturing. Putting much more effort into formulas than into marketing and communication, using only active ingredients that have been shown in numerous scientific studies to really work and making cosmetics more focused on health than on an ideal of beauty. 

The history of cosmetics is long and precious. From ancient times to the present day, humans have used products to improve their appearance and protect their skin. The cosmetics industry has evolved enormously over the centuries, and today, it is an essential part of the daily lives of many people around the world. And the role of Method R is to try to bring a little common sense and peace to the sector.

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