An Introduction to Chemistry in Cosmetics


About the Course
This introductory course covers the basics of chemistry in cosmetics. In the U.S.A., there are over 12,500 unique chemical ingredients that are approved for use in manufacturing cosmetics, and thousands of cosmetics on the market with differing combinations of ingredients (The Chemistry of Cosmetics, 2019). Researchers estimate that an average woman will place approximately 515 chemicals per day on their skin (Thomson Reuters, 2009). As a beauty expert, it is vital to understand the potential effects and efficaciousness of each chemical compound to design the optimal skincare and hair care routine for each individual client. 

Learning Outcomes
Upon the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Employ the information in this course to design the optimal hair or skincare regime.
  • Identify the eight key ingredients that are used to produce most cosmetics; and be able to describe the purpose of each to create the ideal regime for each individual client.
  • Identify the twenty toxic chemicals and be able to explain why some are already banned, and others are on the FDA list as chemicals that should be banned.
  • Examine the differences between the natural, organic, vegan, synthetic, and cruelty-free cosmetics; and compare the efficaciousness of each.

About the Author/Presenter
Kimily Schwartz is a freelance writer with over 30 years of experience. She has skillfully written educational material, riveting fiction, non-fiction, blog posts, and powerful copy that converts. She delivers flawless work before the deadline. She is also a licensed cosmetologist.

How to Receive Credit 

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 1-hour commitment of time. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
    Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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