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Dermatol Clin. 2000 Oct;18(4):557-9.

Cosmetics and skin care products. A historical perspective.

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Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.


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.

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