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Milady's Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1562536602
ISBN-10: 1562536605
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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

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Milady; 2 edition (December 29, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1562536605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562536602
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Marie on June 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
An EXCEPTIONAL reference books / ingredient dictionary!
Have you ever wondered what those ingredients in your cleanser or make-up REALLY were? Now you can find out.
This comprehensive book not only includes an extensive list of ingredients and their uses/definitions & more...
(AN EXAMPLE: "linoleic acid (vitamin F) - an emulsifier. ...prevents dryness and roughness. A deficiency in linoleic acid in the skin is associated with symptoms similar to to those characterizing in eczema, psoriasis and a generally poor skin condition. ...is an essential fatty acid found in a variety of plant oils, including soybean and sunflower." )
...but the book also includes a chapter on skin types, conditions and appropriate ingredients for treatment that would provide a quick reference so address your (or your clients skin care needs), a thorough explanation of how chemicals and ingredients interact in cosmetics and more!
I HIGHLY recommend this book to skin care professionals and beauty connoseurs that want to know the "insider secrets".
I will never go a day of work (as an aesthetician) without this book!
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Linda Recker on April 16, 2000
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I have recently completed a course in Esthetics and have found the book to be helpful by changing technical terms and information into easily understood definitions and uses. The book is written by the same publisher as the text book that I studied from and found it to be easy reading and understandable. I would compare it to A Consumers Dictionary of Cosmetic Indegredients by Ruth Winter. Both are excellent reference books but I feel that Milady's uses general terms and applies to the break down of the product indegredients used in skin care and not just make-up application. I would highly recommend this book to skin care professionals.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By ntsa on April 9, 2003
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Let me tell you, this book is worth every dollar, do not be scared off by the price! Over 2,000 ingredients reviewed in an easy to comprehend way, you don't have to be an expert in chemistry to find out what exactly is in your favourite cream - effective ingredients or just pore-clogging chemicals, preservatives and irritants! There are also 3 chapters on skin physiology, product penetration and skin types and conditions. I would highly recommend this book for consumers, cosmetics sales people and estheticians.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Karen Mellen, President, Mellen Medical Products on July 28, 2002
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As a former aesthetician and current president of a vitamin and nutritional company I am well accustomed to using chemical, pharmaceutical,and medical reference books for formulary research and scientific information. Most of these books are extremely technical and difficult to understand. Milady's Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary is the exception.
Milady offers one of the most comprehensive and easy-to-use guides to understanding what is in every bottle of cream or cosmetic item that you use.
This book will allow you to make informed decisions about what skincare products to buy and most importantly what each ingredient REALLY does, along with any negative side-effects. Whenever we begin formulating a new product, we always consult
"Milady."
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Hurley on October 16, 2005
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The beauty business is wonderful, really it is. There are only a very few players that are truely dishonest when it comes to ingredients, for instance, "renaming" common ingredients. This book will help everyone keep it straight. As a beauty and lifestyle reporter, I keep it on my desk.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By oal on September 13, 2005
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The first few chapters I would call "Skin physiology for dummies", the science is much simplified, so don't expect to learn much here. However, the glossary of cosmetic ingredients is very decent, I would definatelly buy this book as a great reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BA on June 29, 2013
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I have very sensitive skin and I have allergic reactions to different products and moisturizers, so I want to research ingredients in some products that my skin may be reacting to. This dictionary is so comprhensive and has excellent information and easy to understand descriptions on ingredients and if they are considered toxic or not and if they may be reactive to many! Great book for anyone who adores beauty and skin care! Highly recommended!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judith Tuttle on June 26, 2007
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In addition to listing many standard ingredients, this book also lists botanicals which are listed by their English name with other common names listed right after. And they are cross-referenced. A very good brief review of skin physiology, function, components, structures and layers along with product penetration and testing and skin types and conditions enhance the book. Great for newbies or experienced skin care professionals.
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