Products included in this definition include skin moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, nail polishes, eye and face makeup, cleansing shampoos, permanent waves, hair colorants and deodorants, as well as any substance intended to be used as component of a cosmetic product. Under the law, some of the products commonly known as personal care products are cosmetics. These include, for example, skin moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, nail polishes, eye and face makeup preparations, shampoos, permanent waves, hair dyes, toothpastes and deodorants. However, some are regulated as drugs.
These include skin protectors (such as lip balms and diaper ointments), mouthwashes sold for therapeutic purposes, antiperspirants, and treatments for dandruff or acne. Hair products are the second most popular type of cosmetic and account for approximately 25% of sales. Like the skin care category, hair products can be further categorized based on how they work and what they do. Cosmetics consist of mixtures of chemical compounds derived from natural sources or created synthetically.
Those designed for personal care and skin care can be used to cleanse or protect the body or skin. Cosmetics designed to improve or alter a person's appearance (makeup) can be used to hide imperfections, enhance natural features (such as eyebrows and eyelashes), add color to a person's face, or change the appearance of the face completely to look like a different person, creature, or object. Cosmetics can also be designed to add fragrance to the body. Cosmetic products should not only promote healthy skin, but they should also provide a beautiful tapestry of colors for every complexion.