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Milady's Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary [Paperback]

Natalia Michalun
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June 12, 2009 1435480201 978-1435480209 3
Milady's Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary, third edition, is a multi-purpose resource for cosmetic professionals and consumers alike. Part one puts cosmetics in the context of skin care. It provides an overview of skin physiology. In order to understand how and why a product works it is essential to understand how the skin works. It gives an overview of the complexity of cosmetic chemistry particularly with respect to product penetration, and highlights the current challenges facing cosmetic formulators. In addition, it offers comprehensive discussion of the various skin types and conditions in order to help professionals in their product selection. Lastly, it defines common cosmetic industry terminology used by cosmetic manufacturers, professional estheticians, marketers and the media. The second part is dedicated to helping cosmetic users identify the function and purpose of specific ingredients. It is an alphabetical dictionary that lists and describes not only active principles but all other categories of ingredients that comprise a skin care cosmetic. As scientific knowledge of skin physiology and cosmetic chemistry advances, so do cosmetic products. This volume puts everything in context in an easy to read, easy to understand, user-friendly format.

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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.

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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A trustworthy reference guide February 14, 2010
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has what is needed 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Handy 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good resource 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great reference book 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great service July 8, 2014
Love this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for anyone in the skin care industry December 27, 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Cosmetic knowledge September 22, 2013
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Helps for basic knowledge of cosmetics. So you can really see what you are putting on your face or body.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good background information.
This is very good reference information. It is important to understand where these chemicals come from and how they are mixed.
I will keep this in my library.
Published 9 months ago by JoAnn Stills
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
I love this book. It is very helpful when you want to know more about a specific ingredient & it's uses.
Published 13 months ago by M&M
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't treat without it
This is like a side kick and a boost to choose the right ingredients and combinations to get better results and performance out of your treatments. Needed this!!!
Published 15 months ago by Calimee Calls It
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for Study
I am a beginning Esthetics student and this book is very helpful in my study of products and ingredients. I have even looked up our body washes, shampooes, and laundry detergents. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Bobbie Rorie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information
This book is a fabulous reference to items in our skincare products. I think it is a must have for those in the skincare business, as well as those who want to educate themselves... Read more
Published 23 months ago by A. Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful little book for annoying clients who like looking at the...
I just recently received my license and this book is a life saver. Currently I'm an apprentice to another Esthetician, she's had her license for a few decades if not a century. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Milady's skin care & cosmetic ingredient dictionary
Just what I was looking for & is more than I expected. The book is great. It arrived quick & was the best price I had found!
Published on April 10, 2012 by Debra
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