When men started using cosmetic products?
In our Western civilization, it seems to us that the male beauty and the care of the skin of men is something relatively recent.
However, if we look back, we will discover that in many civilizations, men and women were careful equally.
Let's see here some examples:
Surely the first great civilization of which is recorded in which personal hygiene and beauty was taken very seriously was Egyptian civilization.
And precisely masculine beauty both in the care of skin and hair, or as in clothing that was dressed was of vital importance.
At this time, cosmetics not only had an aesthetic aspect but also practical since essential oils, plant extracts and tree resins are used to prevent ailments of the skin, hydrate it and take care to end up giving it a more tera and Young, and ultimately to be more beautiful.
At the example level, ointments were used to repair the skin burned by the sun, and the famous Kohol (mineral with which the black line of the eyes were painted to give the famous cat's eye aspect of that time) was also used For men not only as aesthetic element, but also to prevent conjunctivitis.
There were recipes with balms and vegetable extracts to strengthen hair and prevent wrinkles. Men not only shaved, but they also depilated, and the skin exfoliated with ingredients such as sea salt and honey.
At a body level, they hardened their muscles with Natrón dust and masks of Olibans were applied, and the face with oils of Moringa, olive, and beeswax were hydrated. Scroll through the eyes with Kohol to highlight his gaze, was not the only makeup product that men used in ancient Egypt.
They also reddened their cheeks and lips with red ocher, a dye that was abundant in the desert. They used malachite green to shaking eyebrows and eyelids, and even though nails were dyed with Henna.
Wash and depilate were daily acts that did not subscribe only to priests or had any religious meaning. Although it is true that priests should bathe at least twice a day. These detested the hair to the point of depilating entire eyebrows and eyelashes when they performed sacred rituals.
The masculinity of the Egyptians was emphasized with a penetrating look, thanks to the black pigments and the help of a shadow of green eyes.
The Greeks paid special attention to their personal hygiene and aesthetics since the beauty canons were very marked by the proportions. It was great importance to the bathrooms where they used water and soap made from olive oil, typically Mediterranean ingredient.
At this time, public baths arise exclusively reserved for men. After the bath the skin was hydrated with honey. They also paid special attention to manicure and body hair removal.
In ancient Rome, men not only were abandoned but they combed and depilated as well as women. Roman men applied blush on the cheeks based on a red pigment to look healthier.
The skin was cleared with dust and the nails were painted with an elixir of fat and pork blood. In ancient Rome, the men threw his hair and painted his head to camouflage the baldness, and thus look more handsome and young.
In China, male cosmetics comes from the time of the Han dynasty, in which it was popular with white powders made from ground rice as well as lead in the neck area.
The Middle Ages was a very dark time in general in terms of personal hygiene and in the use of cosmetic products. Ointments and cataplasms were used but more to try to repair than to prevent and less to show better facial and body aspect.
It was a time dominated by the ecclesiastical doctrines, where "the inner beauty was promulgated." Only at the end of this era and in real instances and high nobility, curiously makeup becomes popular among men, where the beauty canon was to have white skin.
The men were also wigs of the same color to enhance the effect. The problem is that lead was used in makeup preparations which caused serious health problems.
In France, King Louis XVI participated in the use of white-mentioned white powder makeup, and when he stayed bald at age 23, he also promoted the use of wigs among the men of the court.
And so we arrived until the modern age, where through the Hollywood film industry resurfaces the cult of male beauty and little by little men begin to take care of their skin and personal appearance, using moisturizing creams, anti-wrinkle, and hair products .
At present, there is a growing trend both in the West and in Asian countries in the care of man's skin with specific masculine cosmetics products.
Moisturizing, anti-wrinkle creams, eye contour are no longer exclusive products for women's skin, but the creams for men are the trend that has come to stay within the man's facial and body care routine.
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