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Remedial Cosmetology use specific products to target at the particular layer of skin.

health and fitness Updated: Jul 02, 2003 19:26 IST

A distinction must be made within the field of Cosmetology: there is Decorative and Protective Cosmetology on the one hand and Remedial Cosmetology (also called Active Cosmetology) on the other.

Decorative or Protective Cosmetology

This field involves the use of cosmetic products to embellish either by modifying the appearance, odour or feel or by protecting from sun rays and live agents.

Examples are the following:

<table border="1" bordercolor="#000000" bordercolordark="#000000" bordercolorlight="#000000" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" width="70%"><tbody><tr><td><font face="Verdana" size="2">Appearance</font></td><td><font face="Verdana" size="2">Use of Hair Dye, Lipstick, Nail Polish and others</font></td></tr><tr><td><font face="Verdana" size="2">Odour</font></td><td><font face="Verdana" size="2">Use of Perfumes</font></td></tr><tr><td><font face="Verdana" size="2">Sun Rays</font></td><td><font face="Verdana" size="2">Use of Sunscreens and Filters</font></td></tr><tr><td><font face="Verdana" size="2">Live Agents</font></td><td><font face="Verdana" size="2">Use of Antiseptics and Anti-parasite solutions</font></td></tr></tbody></table>

Decorative or Protective cosmetics undoubtedly have a physiological effect, but this can be considered insignificant. Once proved free of all toxicity, such cosmetics will not be classed as medicines.

Remedial Cosmetology

This field includes the use of specific products, which are targeted at particular layers of the skin or the skin components.

Examples include:

Lipidic Layer (antiseborrhoeic products)

Stratum Corneum (moisturising products)

Melanocytes (pigmatogenic products)

Dermis (cutaneous vessels) (antirosacea products)

Epidermis and Dermis (antisenescence products)

Hypodermis (slimming products)


First Published: Jul 02, 2003 19:26 IST