Get The Skinny on Skin Care!


Let’s start out the new year with a vow to take better care of our skin. We all know that as we age, good looking and great feeling skin is something we can’t take for granted. One of the steps we can take is to arm ourselves with as much knowledge as possible. With this in  mind, we’ve found two books that may be able to help you start your knowledge bank.

Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary by M. Varinia Michalun & Joseph C. DiNardo.

About the authors: 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. She is also experienced in skin care salon management and esthetics education and has authored articles for industry magazines. She also provides expertise to beauty journalists.

Mr. DiNardo has a long list of qualifications. He has 37 years of experience in the skin care field and is a highly respected product formulator, well-versed in all aspects of regulatory and safety affairs, clinical research and international product registration. 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. He was also the Chief Scientific Officer–Emeritus for Pharma Cosmetix Research and a former Vice President of Research & Development for Revlon-Almay Inc. His professional affiliations include the Personal Care Products Council, 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.

Milady’s Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary is a multi-purpose resource for cosmetic professionals and consumers, and serves as guide to understanding skin types and skin physiology, product formulation and how cosmetic products interact with the skin. This book is split into three parts. Part 1 approaches cosmetics in the context of skin care and includes a basic explanation of skin anatomy and physiology, including skin types, conditions and problems. 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. It serves as an alphabetical dictionary that lists and describes not only active principles but all other categories of ingredients that comprise a skin care cosmetic. Part 3 offers 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.


Natural Organic Hair and Skin Care by Aubrey Hampton.

About the author: Aubrey Hampton was an American biochemist and writer who studied at Indiana University and received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from New York University. He was the founder of Aubrey Organics, a hair- and skin-care company and went on to create more than 200 natural-ingredient products.

Natural Organic Hair and Skin Care is an over 400 page book of good reading that contains tips for developing your own natural skin care and scalp products and includes a dictionary of natural and synthetic cosmetic ingredients and their performance. Now in its sixth printing, this extensively researched book offers a lot of information on natural versus synthetic, and how to know the difference.

A customer review reads “I bought this book 4 years ago and I am still referring to it! This book has a wonderful dictionary of cosmetic ingreadents and what they are. It also explains natural ingredients like Jojoba, Avacado oil, and Rose Hip Seed etc. It explains their properties, and how to use them. I wish more books were like this.


So you owe it to yourself to do some research and grab some winter reading. You never know. It could go a long way in starting the year off with a skin tight regiment to skin care.