Cosmetology, in one form or another, has been around ever since the dawn of mankind. People have always had the need for cosmetics, the necessity to enhance their beauty, which is, more or less, in the nature of every living being. Due to the social and technological advancements made in the 20th century, cosmetology has become an epitome of a complex and noble science. Human progress in terms of social agenda has led to a widespread diversity of needs for embellishment, of different tastes and trends, depending on economic, social, religious status, etc. Advancements made in the field of technology have provided the conditions necessary to meet these needs and requirements.
Cosmetics and cosmetology, thus, experienced an expansion and developed rapidly, without any previously set guidelines or norms. There were no established quality standards for cosmetic products that could be used for comparison and the branches in Cosmetology, as well as its methods, were not clearly defined. This clearly had a negative effect on the quality of the final product and service delivered, hence causing certain cosmetic methods and inventions to gain a bad reputation.
Ten years ago, an international team of experts from the fields of cosmetology, aesthetic surgery, medicine and the beauty industry, based in Switzerland, saw an increasing need for the establishment of classification and ethical standards in Cosmetology. They realized the necessity of clarifying the order in which its directions would be further studied and developed. The decision was made to establish an institution, at an international level, which would have the capacity to impose concrete standards and draw a clear line between at least two levels of quality of products and services in cosmetics and Cosmetology, in general.
The Swiss Cosmetology Institute was established.