Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary

Have you ever taken a good look at a bottle of shampoo, conditioner or even lotion and realized that not only could you  not  pronounce some of the ingredients? Or that you didn’t know what they were and/or what purpose they served. Milady’s SKIN CARE and COSMETIC INGREDIENTS DICTIONARY 4th Edition by Natalia Michalun with Joseph C. DiNardo.

This comprehensive, resourceful book is written in an easy-to-read style; which enables the reader to understand the “direct and indirect relationship between skin care cosmetic product performance and skin physiology.”  Do you know what Cetyl Alcohol  is? What about Methyl Paraben?  How about Sodium Laureth Sulfate? These are some of many common ingredients that are found in products that you use everyday.

The book is broken down in a very logical format:

  • The anatomy of the skin, such as the dermis and epidermis.
  • The types, conditions and problems of the skin, such as dry, normal, sensitive.
  • How products work, such as how they penetrate the skin.
  • The definition of terms, such as “active ingredient,” “esters.” “vehicles,” etc.
  • Product ingredients found on all labels.


  • While the skin has great water absorption capabilities it does not have equally great water retention capabilities.”
  • The skin is acidic, “Which helps it maintain strength, cohesiveness and ability to help ward of infection.”

Keep in mind that even though the SKIN CARE and COSMETIC INGREDIENTS DICTIONARY  may answer many of your questions, it does not take the place of any medical advice, prognosis or treatment from a medical physician, dermatologist or any other health care professional. So, if you weren’t a chemistry major in college, but you are an inquisitive consumer,  or maybe an esthetician/aesthetician, etc., you will feel more empowered when you buy products for your yourself and your  family.

Let’s BOND over BOOKS rates SKIN CARE and COSMETIC INGREDIENTS DICTIONARY as CHALLENGINGLY CHARISMATIC (301-500 pgs). ..borderline lengthy – “it better have a good ending!”




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