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Skin Care Ingredient Handbook
by Linda Walker

The Skin Care Ingredient Handbook is a three-part reference for estheticians, skin care professionals and anyone interested in skin care.

Part One consists of four chapters with topics that include:

  • 14 key functions in skin cells that active ingredients are designed to help
  • The difference between "natural" and "organic" and how they are regulated
  • Controversial and sometimes confusing concepts such as green, sustainable and synthetic
  • Definitions of need-to-know concepts such as "nanotechnology"
  • •New trends in the skin care industry

Part Two is an easy-to-read glossary of more than 1,500 of the most common skin care ingredients. Every glossary listing includes the common name, INCI name, common uses and an icon that lets you know the best use(s) for that ingredient.

Part Three includes three appendices that have practical data for additional reference, including:

  • Simple definitions of key terms such as "antioxidant"
  • Cross-reference for finding a common name when all you have is the INCI name
  • Labeling regulations for cosmetic and over-the-counter (OTC) products and how to read the labels


Part I: Fundamentals

1 Cellular Functions and Skin Aging

  • Skin Cells
  • Mitochondria and the Role of Antioxidants
  • DNA and Epigenetics
  • DNA and Telomeres
  • Sirtuins
  • Heat Shock Proteins
  • Osmoprotection
  • Human Stem Cells and Plant Stem Cells
  • Circadian Rhythms
  • Role of Cellular Enzymes
  • Collagen
  • Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs)
  • Role of MMPIs in Skin Anti-aging
  • Inflammation
  • Skin Whitening and Brightening

2 Ingredients Selection: Natural, Organic, or Synthetic

  • Organic Ingredients
    • The USDA National Organic Program (NOP)
    • American National Standard, NSF/ANSI 305
  • Natural Ingredients
  • Synthetic Ingredients
  • Natural vs. Synthetic Ingredients
  • Green Chemistry
  • Biosynthesis
  • Green Packaging
  • Organic and Natural Governing Organizations
  • One Harmonized Standard
  • Fair Trade

3 Skin Care Trends

  • Sensitive Skin
  • Mature Skin
  • Aging and Acne
  • Sunscreens
  • BB Creams
  • Ethnic Skin
  • Globility
  • Scalp and Hair Products
  • Body Products

4 Definition of Ingredients and Technologies

  • Active vs. Functional Ingredients
  • Common Functional Ingredients
    • Water
    • Emulsifiers
    • Thickeners
    • Chelating Agents
    • Humectants
    • Color
    • Fragrance
    • Preservatives
    • pH Adjustors
  • Other Common Ingredients and Concepts
    • Acids
    • Alcohol
    • Anthocyanins, Polyphenols and Flavonoids
    • Antifreeze Proteins
    • Ceramides
    • Delivery Systems
    • Enzymes
    • Essential Oils
    • Fragrance Ingredients
    • Glycosaminoglycans
    • Growth Factors
    • Moisturizers
    • Nanotechnology
    • Neurocosmetics and Neuropeptides
    • Peptides
    • Preservatives
    • Probiotics and Prebiotics
    • Retinoids
    • Silicone
    • Spin Traps
    • Sulphoraphanes and Sinigrins
    • Surfactants

Part II: Glossary of Ingredients


Part III: Appendixes

FDA Labeling Regulations

  • How Does the Law Define a Cosmetic?
  • How Does the Law Define a Drug?
  • How Can a Product be a Cosmetic and a Drug?
  • How Is a Product’s Intended Use Established?
  • What about "Cosmeceuticals"?
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    • FDA Registered Lab
    • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
    • Over-the-counter (OTC) Drugs
  • OTC Drug Labeling Requirements
  • FDA Cosmetic Label Requirements
    • Cosmetic Label Outline

Definition of Terms

INCI Listing of Ingredients

  • Reading an INCI
  • What’s In an INCI Name?
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) Drugs
  • Getting It in Order
  • Red Flags Are Waving
    • Preservatives
    • Emulsifiers
  • Put Those Red Flags Away


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Skin Care Ingredient Handbook
by Linda Walker
2012 • 417 pages • $94.00 + shipping
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