Los Angeles, CA, USA
Offered in cooperation with the California Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and Beauty Industry West. This course begins with a discussion of natural, chemical, synthetic and inorganic ingredients then segues into an overview of basic skin care ingredients (alcohols, acids, esters, emulsifiers, surfactants, preservatives), addressing common ingredient myths along the way. Cosmetic and drug regulations, organic claims and greenwashing are then discussed. The final section of the course begins the topic of skin-specific ingredients, starting with a summary of skin anatomy and physiology. The material then branches into the areas of barrier damage and repair, skin hydration, free radicals, reactive oxygen species, antioxidants and sunscreens. No previous background in chemistry is necessary. Enrollment limited; enrollment prior to the first class required.