Cosmetic Chemistry

Skin Care Ingredients, Skin Conditions, and Regulatory Issues for Cosmetic Professionals

October 15-16, 2017, Sunday-Monday, 9am-5pm

Fee: $645

Use Discount Code: EARLY to save 10% on fee (valid only up until 30 days before start of the class)

This course offers a foundation from which all skincare professionals and beauty entrepreneurs – regardless of scientific background – can understand current and future advances in skincare ingredient technologies, basics of skincare formulation development and essential compliance requirements regarding product labels, marketing and product performance claims. This course also provides an overview of the causes, physiology, and biochemical processes of common skin conditions that bestselling cosmetic formulations are developed to address. Cosmetic and drug ingredient technologies currently found in cosmetics and OTC drugs, as well as the latest technologies to emerge from research labs around the world, will be discussed within the framework of each skin condition. Students will develop deeper understanding of cosmetic ingredient lists and receive an overview of basic ingredients used in product systems.

Regulatory issues, product claims, substantiation methodologies, as well as the most pervasive myths in cosmetics will be discussed. The class will address some of the most popular ingredient trends and discoveries in skin biology affecting skincare development today.

Scheduled Topics include:

•    Overview of the main steps of product development
•    Basic requirements for developing safe, stable and effective formulas
•    The concepts of natural, chemical, synthetic and organic
•    Overview of main ingredients used in product systems, their sources and functions, including surfactants, emulsifiers, alcohols, silicones, proteins, vitamins, preservatives, colorants, fragrances and nanomaterials.
•    Overview of the causes, physiology, and biochemical processes of common skin conditions, skin care products are designed to address
•    In-depth look at the physiology and biological processes of cellular and skin aging
•    The effects of internal and external factors on the skin’s biological aging processes
•    Ingredient trends and discoveries in skin biology affecting skincare development today
•    Congressional Acts Affecting Cosmetics: The FDC & FPLA
•    Roles of U.S. State & Federal Agencies in the Regulation of Cosmetics: FDA, FTC, BBB, NAD, NTP
•    Cosmetic Safety Testing
•    Cosmetic Ingredient Review
•    Claim Substantiation Guidelines for Evaluating Scientific & Media Reports
•    How to ensure that product labels, ingredient lists and promotional materials comply with relevant legal requirements
•    Legal—and Illegal—Cosmetic Claims
•    Ingredient Labeling Laws
•    California’s Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005 & Other State Legislation Affecting the Cosmetic Industry
•    Review of Major International Cosmetic Regulations

Suggested reading, blogs, websites, You Tube videos, tutorials and online courses will be provided for students interested in continuing the learning process.

Students are encouraged to bring cosmetic products with ingredient lists to discuss with the class. Tape recorders are allowed for students’ own use, but video or other forms of visual recording are not allowed.

Offered in cooperation with the California Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and Beauty Industry West.

Who Should Attend
Non-chemists who wish to understand more about cosmetic ingredients and the regulations affecting them, including product developers, marketing managers, estheticians, cosmetologists, educators, skin care, cosmetic and beauty entrepreneurs, brand managers, physicians, nurses, makeup artists, retail salespeople, cosmetology instructors, sales trainers, public relations specialists, beauty journalists and bloggers, company presidents, raw material suppliers, cosmetic chemists, and others who desire a refresher course in the topic.

Program Location

The UCLA Extension Gayley Center
1145 Gayley Avenue, Room 121
Westwood Village, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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For information regarding the course content, materials and eligibility, please contact Irene Kim at