Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Cosmetic (from Gk. kosmeo, to adorn) signifies any substance used to improve the skin and hair. For their variety one has only to glance at the myriad advertisements which fill our papers and magazines. The best cosmetics are often said to be water, fresh air, and exercise, and an improved taste and a healthier physical condition of the modern woman have almost led to the abandonment of the coarser kinds of cosmetic, except upon the stage or for exceptional purposes.