Herbal Cosmetics Research Paper

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The term nutraceutical was invented from two words ‘nutrition’ and ‘pharmaceutical’ in 1989 by Stephen Defelice, founder and chairman of foundation for innovation in medicine, an American organization which promotes medical health [1, 2, 3, 4]. He stated, “a nutraceutical is any substance that is a food or a part of a food and provides health or medical benefits, along with the prevention and treatment of diseases”. These products can range from dietary supplements, isolated nutrients and specific diets to genetically engineered designer foods as well as herbal products [1, 5].

The concept of nutraceutical was stared from the survey in U.K., France and Germany which concluded that diet is ranked more highly by consumers than exercise or hereditary
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hazal including tannins are replicable with ascorbic acid. The presence of vitamin C in amla fruits in stable form make possible us to use this amla fruit for improved anti-wrinkle, anti-oxidant benefits and sesame oil for vitamin E contain, etc. In view of the present trends of patenting several Indian herbs over the world, Indian companies dealing with herbal medicines strengthened their focus on research. This has led to identification of new applications of known herbs 1, 2, 3. Herbal cosmetics are product of cosmetic chemistry, a science which combines the skills of specialists in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine and herbs. Since cosmetics are applied mainly to the skin, hair and nails. The cosmetics are the utility products used widely throughout the world for maintaining and improving general appearance of face and other parts of body e.g. mouth, eye, hand, finger, hair, etc. It includes creams, powders, face pack, lotions, hair oil, moisturizers, shampoo, conditioners, nail polish, etc. For classifying the herbal cosmetics, it must be taken into consideration that the consumers of these preparations, most of whom are girls and women, are more concerned with their physical than their chemical characteristics. These days herbal cosmetic is occupying extra popularity than synthetic cosmetic. Thus there is very good scope for new entrants, because it has both domestic as well as export market.1, 4,

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