Abhinay Kumar Dwivedi and Deenanath Jhade
The popularity of herbal cosmetics increasing very rapidly among the people due to awareness of harmful side effects and adverse reactions caused by synthetic compounds. Herbs can be used in many forms for their cosmetic effects, various essential oils, juices, fixed oil, plant exudates, extracts, isolated compound, plant products have been used for their cosmetics effects. Higher acceptability of herbal cosmetics is due to safety, lower side effects, higher bio-compatibility, cost effectiveness, easy availability environmental friendly nature and traditional experience of uses. The reliability on herbal cosmetics encourage to screen herbs and natural ingredients for their cosmetic potential. Scientific review of available data and new researches can provide basis to use more plants for their cosmetics potential. This review attempts to emphasize the use of important medicinal plants for their cosmetic potential in herbal cosmetics.
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