Editorial : Cosmeceuticals from medicinal plants

07 Oct 2020

The use of the word cosmetics comes from kosmétikos, an Ancient Greek term. This word can be translated as “skilled in adornment,” with the variant kosmein meaning “arrange” or “adorn” and kosmos meaning “order”: Further interpretations include “to make for beauty,” especially of the complexion, or beautifying and “done or made for the sake of appearance,” or “correcting defects especially of the face,” primarily it is “decorative” or “ornamental” (Oumeish, 2001). The concept of beauty is one of the aspects of the Greek word komes, which means harmony, and was used to attain perfection. Gradually its meaning has changed until it became connected with the idea that was more closely related to the masking, concealing and camouflaging, as true beauty originates from the inner being and could not be created externally. Since primeval time, numerous civilisations have been subjected to the use of herbs as cosmetic applications. Even today, the demand and the utilization of phytocosmetics have increased in the personal care system (Mahomoodally and Ramjuttun, 2016). Research into the value and use of plant and mineral resources in cosmetics continued over the centuries evolving into what we consider to be cosmeceuticals. Interestingly, there is a great tendency of consumers to return to the use of herbs/herbal products for various applications to implement a more natural mode of life (Mahomoodally and Ramjuttun, 2016).