About the book
The development of cosmetic science has enabled the development of formulations with better performance. However, a critical evaluation of novelties in cosmetology is always necessary to prove the effectiveness of a new cosmetic. Cosmetics are products intended for skin, hair and oral cavity application or female intimate cleaning. Among these products, skincare products are used daily by people including moisturizers, sunscreen, anti-aging products, and antioxidants.
Moreover, the world population has aged which makes people seek cosmetics to prevent skin aging. In this scenario, new terminologies have raised: cosmeceuticals, nutricosmetics, and nutraceuticals. Cosmeceuticals are defined as quasi-pharmaceutical products. In this category are included sunscreen and anti-aging cosmetics. Nutricosmetics are oral products intended to promote skin health. Nutraceuticals are also products for oral use. However, its purpose is to prevent diseases development. Despite these new terminologies, regulatory agencies only recognize three categories of substances: cosmetics, foods, and drugs. Therefore, these terms are not recognized by these agencies.
Furthermore, nanocosmetics are common in personal care products. These nanotechnology-based cosmetics are composed of nanoparticles and nanocarriers. Currently, questions regarding the safety of these products have been raised especially for small and insoluble nanoparticles. Thus, this book will provide some basic information about the ingredients, characteristics, quality studies and safety of skincare products. Subsequently, recent issues are addressed in cosmetics including nanocosmetics, antiaging cosmetics, nutricosmetics, male cosmetics, vegetable antioxidants, and multifunctional products.