Cosmetics and skin care products. A historical perspective

Dermatol Clin. 2000 Oct;18(4):557-9. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8635(05)70206-0.


The history of cosmetics and skin care products parallels many important technologic developments in chemistry, materials, and packaging innovations. Much is revealed about ancient civilizations by the cosmetics that are uncovered in archaeologic excavations. Much can also be said about modern-day health and adornment practices based on products in the current marketplace.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Cosmetics / history*
  • Eye
  • Face
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, Ancient
  • Humans
  • Lip
  • Nails
  • Skin Care / history*
  • Soaps / history


  • Cosmetics
  • Soaps