Cosmetic Sciences

Skin Care Ingredients, Skin Conditions, and Regulatory Issues for Cosmetic Professionals
A Special Daytime Course for Non-Chemists

Dates: Winter 2019; dates to be determined

Times: To be determined

Course Information

Please contact the Department of Humanities & Sciences for information on future offerings: (310) 825-7093.

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 main constituents of skin care formulations. 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
  • Roles of U.S. State & Federal Agencies in the Regulation of Cosmetics
  • How to ensure that product labels, ingredient lists and promotional materials comply with relevant legal requirements
  • Ingredient Labeling Laws; legal—and illegal—cosmetic claims

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


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