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GONZALEZ MINERO, Francisco José  and  BRAVO DIAZ, Luis. History and present of skin care products, cosmetics and fragrances. Especially those derived from plants. Ars Pharm [online]. 2017, vol.58, n.1, pp.5-12. ISSN 2340-9894.


To provide historical information about the use of vegetal resources in the elaboration of skin care products and to show some scientific facts that define topicality of this subject.


bibliographic search through the databases: Scopus, WOS, Google Scholar, The Plant List and other botanicals webs.

Results and discussion:

skin care and cosmetics are part of our daily life; hence the use of products for this purpose has significantly increased in recent years. From a recent bibliography, we referred 78 botanical taxa (algae, ferns and seed plants, fungi including). The aforementioned we related to historical facts and current scientific knowledge.


Derived from plants are considered safe for health; they are a great source of secondary metabolites and have been and are raw material for skin care manufactured products.

Keywords : Economic botany; Ethnobotany; Cosmeceuticals; Skin care; Pharmacognosy; Medicinal plants; Anti-aging produtcs.

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