Food for the soul
Cosmetics are taking care of ourselves to feel good for our own sake and also to please others.
So, they improve our lives, and not only in a physical sense.
Our skin is home to our sense of touch – perhaps our oldest sense – where, as newborn babies,
we had our first perceptive experiences.
Looking after one’s physical health and taking care of one’s appearance are common across human culture. They are often seen as separate: we need pharmacology for our health, and cosmetics for how we look. But this separation disappears if we see physical and psychological health as one entity. We might use different methods, but they are all for one common end: our well-being, to feel good.