help us people to care for our skin, hair and nails and to supply them with important nutrients through high-quality products. They are used in external treatment both for care and for enhancing certain parts of the body. These include facial skin, fingernails, mouth or hair. The focus of these products is on the care of the body, they are not intended to heal diseases or alleviate discomfort. A well-groomed appearance is enormously important for both men and women. Care cosmetics are amongst the most popular products in the beauty and care industry. A rich cream provides soft skin, mouthwash promotes fresh breath and shavers are used for hair removal in the desired areas.
Definition of care cosmetics - what is care cosmetics?
The term "care cosmetics " refers to cosmetic articles that are used for body care, nail care or UV protection of skin and hair. These include creams, lotions, body lotions, serums or masks and UV protection products. Hair removal products also fall into this category.
In general, cosmetic articles are divided into the categories "caring" and "decorative". decorative cosmetics are cosmetic articles which serve to beautify the body - for example make-up, self-tanning lotion or nail polish.
Difference in body care products and skin care cosmetics
In general, products that are used for body cleansing belong to care products - i.e. shower gel, shampoo or soap. In contrast, creams, lotions, gels or other products that are suitable for "beautifying" fall under the category of “care cosmetics". In Germany, cosmetic products are defined as follows:
"Cosmetic products can include, amongst others, creams, emulsions, lotions, gels and oils for skin care, facial masks, make-up bases (liquids, pastes, powders), facial powders, body powders, foot powders, toilet soaps, deodorising soaps, perfumes, toilet waters and cologne, bath and shower additives (salt, foam, oil, gel), hair removers, deodorants and antiperspirants, hair colourants, hair curling, straightening and styling products, hair setting products, hair cleaning products (lotions, powders, shampoos), hair care products (lotions, creams, oils), hair styling aids (lotions, hairsprays, brilliantines), shaving products (including pre-treatment and after-treatment products), make-up and make-up removal products, lip care products and cosmetics, dental and oral care products, nail care products and cosmetics, external intimate care products, sunscreens, self-tanning products, skin bleaching products, anti-wrinkle products.“
(Excerpt from Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on cosmetic products) However, in the precise definition, the boundaries between skin care products and skin care cosmetics are floating, as both legislators and the cosmetics industry itself classify many products in both categories.
Care for all skin types
In recent years in particular, the range of care cosmetics has expanded massively. Where simple oil-based creams used to be offered, manufacturers are now developing special formulas for every skin type. Whether mixed, dry or skin that quickly becomes oily - the market offers optimum care for special skin types. However, this process does not stand still. Manufacturers are constantly working to improve the composition of ingredients and create new products.
Cosmetics for every age: The right care
The different age groups also play an important role in the choice of the optimal care product. Whether millennials, baby boomers or best agers - in recent years the cosmetics industry has developed beauty products that are specially tailored to the needs of the various target groups.
Care for young skin
For the younger target group between 12 and 18 years of age, skin impurities, acne and pimples are particularly relevant. Nurturing cosmetics for young skin should be particularly cleansing and clarifying. In the case of impure skin, care should be taken to ensure that the products are not comedogenic, i.e. do not additionally clog pores and are not too oily. Creams that moisturise the skin but do not remain too oily on the skin are ideal.
Dry, mixed and normal skin
It is important for cosmetic products for dry skin that they are very rich and provide moisture, because dry skin often tightens, itches and flakes.
With combination skin, the demands on skin care cosmetics are particularly high, because here there is a combination of very dry and extremely oily skin. In the T-zone, i.e. from forehead to nose to chin, the skin is oily and shiny because there are many sebaceous glands. On the cheeks, around the mouth and around the eyes, the skin is usually dry and irritated. Therefore, the care product should moisturise while not being oily at the same time. Special combination skin care products combine these properties. Moreover, additional cleansing products such as mattifying face masks can be used for the particularly oily areas of the face.
Normal skin is by nature very smooth and non-sensitive. Of course, care is also necessary for this uncomplicated skin type. This is because deposits from the air, dirt or also make-up residues can attack the skin and clog the pores. For the care of this skin, cosmetic products should be used that have a good ratio between rich and non-oily.
Anti-ageing care for mature skin
Mature skin is particularly care-intensive, since the skin dries out with increasing age. It loses volume and wrinkles develop as a result. Here it is important that rich and moisturising cosmetics are used. Cosmetic manufacturers are working intensively on anti-ageing formulas with vitamin A, collagen or Q10. In a continuous process, the ingredients of anti-ageing cosmetics are worked on and researched.
Care cosmetics for men
A well-groomed appearance is also important for men, and special cosmetics for men are increasingly in demand. Manufacturers are responding with a wide range of special men's cosmetics. In addition to classic products such as shavers and aftershave, facial care, hair care and body lotions for men are also very popular.
The requirements for men's care differ from those for women's care cosmetics. Men's skin is often very dry and stressed by shaving - special serums and fluids have been developed specifically for this purpose.
In addition, the time factor and the simplicity of application are important in cosmetics for men. The less complicated and faster, the better. And the fragrance nuances of the products also differ between men's and women's cosmetics: Products for women often smell very sweet, full-bodied and flowery, whereas in cosmetics for men the fragrance is tangy and masculine.
EU regulation on cosmetic articles
In order to guarantee quality, cosmetic care products, amongst other things, are subject to strict conditions: EU Regulation No. 1223/2009 on cosmetic products lays down EU-wide standards for labelling, safety requirements and the ingredients of these products. This regulation also requires manufacturers to guarantee safety for humans and bans animal testing for toxicological data.
The ingredients of the cosmetic articles are subject to strict conditions as well as regular inspections. For example, all ingredients must be listed on the packaging in descending order of concentration within the product. This should provide full transparency for the consumer, but also for the authorities. The EU has also created a database to regulate the use of certain ingredients. In the CosIng database (http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/cosing/), you will find information on approvals, restrictions and prohibitions in cosmetic articles.
Cosmetics trade fair BEAUTY DÜSSELDORF
BEAUTY DÜSSELDORF is the meeting place for trade visitors and industry experts covering all aspects of beauty and cosmetics. Every year, more than 55,000 trade visitors are thrilled by the innovative technology and market innovations as well as the tried and tested "reloaded" products. Particularly in the cosmetics care sector, numerous exhibitors await visitors with the latest industry trends.
BEAUTY DÜSSELDORF is the leading trade fair in the beauty and cosmetics sector and is predestined to present the latest products to a broad specialist audience.
Other areas of BEAUTY Düsseldorf are:
• decorative cosmetics
• Body Care
• apparative cosmetics
• colour and style counselling
• biocosmetics and natural cosmetics
• medical cosmetics