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Ingredient Labels Explained

By: Robert Manzo
Posted: May 28, 2013, from the June 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Before & After

Before: After weeks of cleansing with a waxy cleanser, there is no visible occlusion. After: Under UV light imaging, a heavy occlusive layer is visible.

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For true skin improvement, serums take between 30–90 days to start showing signs of real progress.

By learning what labels really mean, you can pass this information on to your clients, educating them about what products will really work for their needs. Taking this extra step will solidify your reputation as a true skin care resource, and will bring more credibility to your service results and retail recommendations.

Robert+ManzoRobert Manzo, president of Skinprint, has more than 30 years experience in creating efficacious health and beauty products. He holds 14 patents in a variety of disciplines, including cosmetic preparations, controlled release technology, pharmaceutical preparations and nanoparticle technology, and is a standing member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and the American Chemical Society. Manzo has worked for top Fortune 50 skin care companies throughout his career and founded Skinprint based on patented customized skin care technology in 2002.


The Skin Care Ingredient Handbook is so much more than an ingredient dictionary. You will learn about cellular functions and skin aging; skin care trends for ethnic skin, scalp and hair products, BB creams, suncreens; active versus functional ingredients, natural, organic, and synthetic ingredients; OTC drugs; INCI names, antioxidants and DNA and how to read labels. Did we mention the newest ingredients are listed?

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