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Cosmetics: A historical review

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Journal
Clinics in Dermatology
0738-081X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
6
Issue
3
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DOI: 10.1016/0738-081x(88)90024-7

Abstract

Abstract The use of cosmetics predates written history. But the reasons for their use—the attraction of lovers, intimidation of the enemy, masking the effects of advancing age, and compensation for exterior defects, real and imagined—are so intimately associated with activities embedded in the double helix of mankind that we can safely assume the existence of a paleocosmetology in all our ancestral prototypes. 1 Approval and use were nearly universal in all the older civilizations for which records exist. The association of cosmetics with immortality, pretense, and deceit that characterized the anti-Dionysian mindset of the power structure of the Western World in the later years of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th was never shared by the rest of the planet. 2

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