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Adornment, Beauty, & Artwork

Updated on August 2, 2013

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Adornment, Beauty, & Artwork

Adornment, Beauty, & Artwork

As many generations have evolved and time has passed, so have our beauty regimes, body adornment, and artwork we use on our bodies and skin changed. Evolution in the era of the Egyptian Kings, Goddesses, and Egyptian Gods utilized and engaged a unique beauty regime; they were uniquely using kohl for the eyes (eyeliner), malachite powder for green eyelids (eye shadow), and red ochre or carmine for red lips (lipstick). These products were used by women and men alike back in the day of King Tutankhamen and Queen Nefertiti.

Mesopotamian women of the 1500 BC era, and Queen Nefertiti used almond oil as a moisturizer and almond oil for aromatherapy for healing, and it was also used as a perfume during the beauty regime of this era.

Mesopotamians and Egyptians alike did not have the very best hygiene standards at the time, though; they did not give it high priority ( During this era of 1500 BC most people were vegetarians but, that slowly evolved and people began to eat meat in royal circles that were braised with herbs and spices, this changed the course of history for humans who became carnivores.

It is factual that make-up use or cosmetics has changed in history as well; where the men have discontinued the use of make-up with the exception of theatrical actors on stage and in blockbuster movies.

During the same time period, thousands and thousands of miles away in Japan, the Japanese women of the era and men in theatrical arts, as well as warriors in 1500 BC and of today’s current era of 2013, use a face mask or make-up of rice powder and sometimes lead carbonate that has been used for centuries in Japan for Geishas and theatrical purposes. Here in the Americas at the same time 1500 BC, lead carbonate was used to make the skin appear paler or whiter.

Other countries like Europe, New Guinea, and Oceania were using artwork on the face that was derived from plants that produced colorful art.

It has changed a lot over the course of time with new and improved products available in every form of cosmetics to change the way we look, feel, and adorn ourselves. It is evolving for those of us who are becoming more health conscious, who are looking for products that will benefit our skin on several fronts and it is not only rapidly becoming popular, but it also is extremely helpful in creating a healthy and vibrant new beautiful image for many people.

Some of the products contain oxygenated aerosols and masks, mineral products, sun-blocks, sunscreens, and beneficial vitamins to maintain the skin, reduce, and prevent wrinkles. Leading producers of make-up, mascara’s, and lip colors worldwide are in the rush to create and sustain new and provocative products that will have double and triple benefits for our skin and still maintain health.

So when we think of the history when people often selected a paler look people but are now turning to tanning, and looking for make-up that are natural product based or just enhancing the natural skin tone and rejuvenating it, it is now evolving into a new cultural norm. Make-up has been used for centuries in covering scarring like those left by smallpox, like in the 1800’s and is still essential in hiding scarring on the face and body today.

Other evolutions came about in the form of body piercing and tattoo’s where they are now in their infancy stages of evolution.

Let’s face it beauty products, piercings, and tattoos are emotional boosters to our personas. It is an immediate morale booster and a form of empowerment that we have now, that we did not have before in self-expression.

Body piercing was and still is a form of adornment in many cultures, yet in others, it is not the case. It has been around for centuries and used in many cultures to adorn the ears, nose, and body. Facelifts both made by surgery and by natural elements is now available to the public that was not available before, and is a form of using an object to create a different image. There is also a piercing treatment called DHA it is Docosahexaenoic Acid and it is a substance that is injected in the body that is filled with Omega-3 fatty acids and aid cancer patients and has the ability to prevent cancer. It is similar to Botox, cosmetic surgery, micro-dermabrasions, acupuncture, or facelifts that we have available in the current era.

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicinal piercing to increase blood flow and Oxygenated white blood cells to 360 acupuncture points in the body that we discussed in a previous series called, “Engaging the Five Magnificent Senses, Volume 1, Issue 21, March 1, 2013,” Also discussed was aromatherapy and its curative affects.

Tattooing is a form of body art or permanent art canvas. Tattooing is made by using a hallowed out needle that uses pressurized colors and tints to decorate the skin. At present, it is currently in its infancy stages of revolutionized artwork to cover damaged skin from radiation treatments, breast removal, and scarring.

The artwork of tattooing has taken on a life of its own apart from the way it used to be used in ancient times. It has been around for centuries and could be found on the oldest preserved human body of an Iceman from Neolithic times (about 5,000 years ago). It was also a prevalent means for tribal art. The tattoos most common appreciation is an affiliation with a social group but, has evolved into an adornment and societal norm. Celebrities like Brad Pitt and Angela Jolie made it more socially acceptable when they showed off they’re visual permanent canvas to the world. Just recently, some people who have had breast removal have opted to use tattoos to beautifully cover the scarring and adorn their permanent canvas with body art.

In what way have you seen human beings evolve in the last 10,000 years?

Volume 1, Issue 26, 3-14-2013

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