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With all the ingredients being used (over 20,000) and promoted in the skin care industry, it can be difficult to keep track of what certain ingredients do and which ones are beneficial for the skin. Skin Inc. is out to help clarify this information for you with special ingredient science presentations on the Skin Inc. LIVE! stage @ Face & Body, Jan. 22-23, 2017.

If you are a Midwest spa professional, be sure to register for Face & Body Midwest to be in the know of all things skin care ingredients.

What's Preserving Your Products

Melissa Tolla (Tolla Consultants), Jan. 22, 1-1:15 p.m.

Kicking off the ingredient science presentations on Jan. 22 is Melissa Tolla, who will be discussing product preservation. Likely you've seen or heard paraben-free being used in reference to skin care products. So are all parabens bad? If you don't use parabens, what are the alternatives? What about natural parabens? Tolla explains it all.

Tolla is a respected cosmetic scientist with 20 years of industrial experience. She was the business development manager of VVF before starting her own consultancy. She has a doctorate in polymer chemistry and is an expert in oleochemicals and surfactants.

What Should You Know About Sulfates

Crystal Rampaul (TH Hilson), Jan. 23, 10:15-10:30 a.m.

We've heard a lot about sulfates over the past 5 years, but what is a sulfate and how does it function in a skin care product. Rampaul explains what a surfactant is, and furthers how sulfates became so popular in skin care. She will also explain what the alternatives to sulfates are in products, as well as their benefits and potential drawbacks.

Rampaul is the technical sales representative at TH Hilson, which she joined in February 2016. She worked at Stepan Chemical since 2011 as a technical service coordinator, technical marketing support and most recently as Stepan’s marketing communication specialist. She majored in general science, with a concentration in chemistry, at Fordham University New York.

Trends in Skin Care

Perry Romanowski, Brains Publishing, Jan. 23, 2017, 2:45-3:15 p.m.

Contributing his take on skin care trends from a cosmetic chemist's point of view is Perry Romanowski from Brains Publishing. Romanowski will not only go into the trends, but he will explain how the chemistry works behind some of the trends and note which ingredients are on the horizon.

Romanowski has spent the past 20 years researching and developing products to solve consumer problems in the personal care and cosmetic industry. He was a project leader for cosmetic brand Alberto Culver and founded the Practical Cosmetic Formulating online training program. Additionally, he has made appearances on popular TV shows including the Dr. Oz show and the Rachel Ray show. Romanowski received his B.S. in chemistry from DePaul University and M.S. in Biochemistry.

If you are a Midwest spa professional, be sure to register for Face & Body Midwest so you can be in the know of all things skin care ingredients.

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