Cosmetic care encompasses any preparations used to enhance or alter the appearance of skin, hair, nails, lips, eyes and nose. Common cosmetic products include cleansers, toners, facial masks moisturizers and sunscreens.

Cosmetic dermatologists specialize in noninvasive treatments for signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines, such as injections. They may also address unusual-looking moles.

Skin Care

Prepared products designed to care for skin comprise an important line of cosmetics. This category encompasses cleansers, toners, facial masks and moisturizers.

An effective skin-care routine can help minimize wrinkles, dark spots and sun damage as well as manage other problems like acne or dryness.

American culture has long celebrated the ideal of beautiful, healthy skin as an important goal since the 1800s. Women would often create homemade beauty preparations from recipes handed down from mothers or friends or found in women’s magazines; more expensive patent (proprietary) medications promised to remove freckles, reddening or rashes while simultaneously smoothing and rejuvenating the complexion – thus creating smooth, youthful-looking skin.

Cosmeceuticals are blended products combining cosmetics and pharmaceutically active ingredients such as vitamins or peptides into one solution for topical application. Like drugs, cosmeceuticals must first receive approval by the Food and Drug Administration before being sold commercially.

Nail Care

Nail care involves performing regular maintenance to keep nails healthy, clean and attractive. Regular manicures and pedicures help remove dead skin cells, improve nail color, treat brittle nails and protect against infection through germs entering through the skin around them. Nail polish and other nail products strengthen and decorate nails aesthetically as well.

Consumer products used on fingernails and toenails are considered cosmetics by the Food and Drug Administration; however, products which claim to treat medical problems like nail fungus require a valid valid valid valid prescription in order to be sold legally. Good nail care includes regularly trimming fingernails to the shape of their respective fingers or straight across when cutting toenails; keeping hands and feet clean including nails; wearing protective gloves when washing dishes or using harsh chemicals; not biting or picking at nails, and applying hand cream often.


Cosmetic is used as an adjective to refer to anything related to beauty or appearance, from physical products like makeup and plastic surgery procedures or treatments that enhance aesthetic qualities, to procedures or treatments designed to enhance those qualities. A person may use makeup to hide imperfections or alter their look; others opt for plastic surgery in order to enhance their physical features.

Additionally, nail, eye, and lip cosmetics may also be applied using perfumes and colognes, lipsticks, face powders, lip balms, eyeshadows or eyeliners – often using brushes or sponges for application.

Personal care, skin care and makeup products that contain flavor or fragrance chemicals or blends whose chemical identities have been protected as trade secrets may be introduced without an assessment requirement. Learn more about this pathway.

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