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Milady's Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary Paperback – June 12, 2009

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As a reference book, this book is a treasure. Written for an esthetician by an esthetician, and anyone who works in a salon, spa, or behind the cosmetic counter. This book not only explains in an easy-to-understand style what the ingredients in a skin care product are, but also tells you what they do, how safe they are, and what side effects they might have. The book also explains what the skin functions are, how products penetrate, and the different skin types and conditions. Whenever a student asks me at a lecture or seminar what books I recommend, the first book that comes to mind is Milady's Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary, by Natalia Michalun. This book is a must have for all students and estheticians.

About the Author

Natalia Michalun was an international dermo-cosmetic expert and educator. She had lectured to medical and esthetics professionals in more than 35 countries, and has been recognized for her in-depth knowledge and ability to share complex skin care concepts clearly and precisely. A graduate in Chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Natalia has sat on the board of the EU's COLIPA, and the California State Board of Cosmetology. In 1980 she founded the first school for advanced esthetics in Northern California, in addition to having one of the region's largest esthetics salons. Her articles appear in professional magazines throughout the world.

M. Varinia Michalun has specialized in international cosmetics marketing and new product development and has lectured on cosmetic ingredients and product use to professionals in the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Her experience also includes skin care salon management and esthetics education. She has authored articles for industry magazines, provides expertise to beauty journalists, and is a contributor to Milady's Standard Advanced Esthetics text as well as co-author of The Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary from Milady.
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Product Details

  • Series: Milady's Skin Care and Cosmetics Ingredients Dictionary
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Milady; 3 edition (June 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435480201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435480209
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bay Area Girlie Girl on February 14, 2010
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Being in the skin care industry, I am constantly asked by clients if they should use this product or that one. Knowing that ingredients are far more important than pretty packaging or a well-known brand, I'm happy I've got Milady's ingredient dictionary to help me make suggestions.

I bought this 3rd edition to replace the 2nd edition I had. It's been updated with more current terms and I appreciate the section discussing product packaging regulations.

I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because its section on skin types could have been written more carefully, "...oily skin often looks dirty and neglected..." I'm also hoping in future editions they adopt some sort of symbol or key system for ingredients commonly used for a certain product or skin type. This book is expensive enough to add that. My wish list also includes a quick reference list of comodegenic ingredients.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dogs Rule (Kathy H.) on June 30, 2013
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Good "go-to" reference guide on skin care and cosmetic ingredients. Good introductions that is useful as well including a review on the science of skin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A.N on February 20, 2013
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Nice book.

However I was expecting a bigger book with more ingredients with definitions. It's a good book to carry around in your medium sized bags, if you are really interested in identifying and understanding ingredients for product selection. Hoping that this book will be upgraded in the future, with more cosmetic ingredients.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By skincare obsessed on July 7, 2010
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This is a great reference book, it doesnt have every single possible ingredient in it but has enough to use as a cross reference for alot of ingredients, worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By baadchic on January 15, 2013
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This serves its purpose, I use it for research. Doesn't have all the ingredients that you may come across but I just use the web if its not in this book.
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Ever wonder what your skin care products actually contain? Do you read the ingredient label and find yourself looking at what appears to be a jumbled line of misspelt words? Well now you can have Milady's Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary by your side to decode the cryptic lines of ingredients on products. I found it very useful to better understand the ingredients in skin care products that I use and work with on a daily basis. And lets face it, you'll never remember every single ingredient listed on every product in the world, so having a dictionary on hand is so useful!
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By Hair2011 on June 14, 2011
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A classmate of mine bought this book and shared it with the class. I was feeling a little uncomfortable going out into the world as a new Esthetician and not knowing a lot of ingredients. When I took a look at the book and the price...I bought my own. I don't use it all the time, but anytime I decide to buy a new skin care product or cosmetics. I look online at the ingredients first, look at the ingredients dictionary and make my decision if I should buy it based on that. Not all the ingredients in the world are in this book, but its the only one I've found to be helpful so far.
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This book is okay..
I enjoyed the appendix with botanical Latin names. However, I was disappointed at how they rarely mentioned side effects of ingredients like phototoxins/ photosensitizers,cytotoxins,pro-oxidants, etc. They mentioned studys sometimes by some defenitions but never cited it. I also felt like there were a lot of ingredients they left out too like say: rayon, bimaprost, isopropyl cloprostenate,saffron,musk ambrette and others.
I am not done reading this yet,so I'll update my review soon,but for now I recommend another cosmetic dictionary by Ruth Winters.
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