Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary, 4th Edition

  • M. Varinia Michalun
  • Joseph C. DiNardo
  • ISBN-10: 1285060792  |  ISBN-13: 9781285060798
  • 339 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2001, 1993
  • © 2015 | Published
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Milady’s Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary, 4th Edition is more than just a dictionary of cosmetic ingredients; it is a guide to understanding skin types and skin physiology, product formulation and how cosmetic products interact with the skin. For ease of use, this book is split into three parts. Part 1 includes a basic explanation of skin anatomy and physiology, including skin types, conditions and problems. This knowledge is critical for understanding product performance. Definitions of common terms used in skin care formulation are also provided. Part 2 contains an alphabetical listing of more than 2,300 cosmetic ingredients with accompanying definitions that help identify the function and purpose of each ingredient with Part 3 offering a reference of Botanical Latin names for commonly used ingredients. This is an invaluable resource that will assist in making well-informed decisions regarding skin care ingredients and cosmetic products.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides information on more than 2,300 ingredients, including their function in a product.
  • Where applicable, the source of ingredients, the skin type or condition that benefits and the types of products that a specific ingredient is commonly used in can also be referenced.
  • Information on various skin types, conditions and appropriate ingredients for treatments provide a quick reference to address client needs.
  • Assists in helping select a product line by comparing ingredient lists.
  • Independent from any brand.

Table of Contents

1. Skin Anatomy & Physiology.
2. Skin Types, Conditions & Problems.
3. How Products Work.
4. Definition of Terms.

What's New

  • More than 100 new ingredients added with others being thoroughly revised.
  • Extensive information on product regulations, testing methodologies, and claims.
  • Revised to list as many ingredients by their International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) name wherever possible while still retaining common names, trade names and chemical names when appropriate.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"Milady's Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary is a must have reference book."

— Janet Prediletto, LTD/LPN/Medical Aesthetician, Janet Prediletto Professional Aesthetics

"It is necessary to understand cosmetic ingredients and why these are included in many cosmetic and skin care products."

— Patrice Ann Hredzak, Director of Esthetics

Meet the Author

Author Bio

M. Varinia Michalun

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.

Joseph C. DiNardo

Mr. DiNardo has 37 years of experience in the skin care field. He is a highly respected product formulator, well-versed in all aspects of regulatory and safety affairs, clinical research and international product registration. Chief Scientific Officer—Emeritus for Pharma Cosmetix Research and a former Vice President of Research & Development for Revlon-Almay Inc., Mr. DiNardo was the VP of R&D for Almay Hypoallergenic Cosmetics and spent many years leading research for the development of products dedicated to atopic dermatitis. His professional affiliations include the Personal Care Products Council (formerly know as the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Fragrance Association), the Society of Toxicology, and he is a former Chairman of the Carolina Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. Mr. DiNardo has published several articles and abstracts in the areas of Photobiology, Reproductive Toxicology, General Toxicology, Contact Dermatitis, Regulatory Affairs, Comedogenicity, Alpha Hydroxy Acid Safety & Efficacy, and General Anti-oxidant Research. He possesses a Master of Science degree in Toxicology from St. John’s University with his undergraduate degree in Biology from Mercy College in New York.