Skin care is cosmetic?

Skincare products are cosmetic products?
please explain!




    The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) defines cosmetics by their intended use, as "articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body...for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance" [FD&C Act, sec. 201(i)]. 

    This is the US regulation. Sometimes people make drug claims about skincare products though which is where trouble happens. 

    The FD&C Act defines drugs, in part, by their intended use, as "articles intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease" and "articles (other than food) intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals" [FD&C Act, sec. 201(g)(1)]

    So if you say your hyaluronic moisturizer makes your skin look  fuller and hydrated- cosmetic. If you say your moisturizer will stimulate collagen, reverse oxidation, and enhance water rentention of cells- you are claiming the product as a drug.

    Take a look at FDA warning letters about misbranded or adulterated  cosmetics to see real life examples
  • many thanks to @EVchem
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