Module 1. Introduction to Cosmetology
Lesson 1: WHAT IS A COSMETIC PRODUCT – DEFINITION, PREREQUISITES AND EFFECTS OF COSMETICS
In this lesson, after a brief historical review, will be presented the basic definitions of cosmetology; for example, what is a cosmetic product as well as the rules that pertain to it. The basic elements of the anatomy of the human skin and the categories to which it belongs will then be described. A detailed description of the internal moisturising mechanism of the skin as well as of the natural moisturising factor (NMF), which plays a crucial role in the entire process and constitutes an object of study in the cosmetics research, will also be presented. A discussion of concepts relevant to the formation of cosmetic products and to the related role of surfactants will finally follow.
Lesson 2: CATEGORIES AND PROPERTIES OF COSMETICS - PART ONE
This Lesson includes a brief overview of the main categories of cosmetic products with emphasis on the expected properties of every cosmetic product of a given category as well as on the needs it is called to cater for. A brief history is dedicated to the most important discoveries of each of these categories, which will be covered thoroughly.
Lesson 3: CATEGORIES AND PROPERTIES OF COSMETICS – PART TWO
Subject of this Lesson is the analysis of products included in the most popular categories of cosmetics. Aim is the presentation of the subcategories into which each one may be subdivided as well as becoming aware of their properties. Furthermore, their application is being discussed as well the results thereupon.
Lesson 4: QUALITY CONTROL OF COSMETIC PRODUCTS
In this Lesson reference is made to the basic quality controls necessary prior to the trade of cosmetic products, which quality controls differ only slightly from those applied on pharmaceutical products for local application, so that these are safe for use. There will also be presented the most important and most common contaminations from microorganisms as well as their effects on the quality and safety of the final product. Finally there will be presented in detail the microbiological as well as the toxicological tests conducted in order to assure the safe profile of the cosmetic product.
Module 2. Cosmetic Raw Materials
Lesson 1: COMPOSITION OF COSMETIC PRODUCTS – A REVIEW
Subject of the present Lesson is the analysis of the basic characteristics of raw materials for cosmetic products, the properties cosmetics should have, and the rationale for choosing a particular type of cosmetic each time. Also, for some of these ingredients are given typical concentration percentages in a cosmetic product.
Lesson 2: MAIN INGREDIENTS OF COSMETIC PRODUCTS
In this Lesson we learn the main ingredients of a cosmetic product as well as the basic properties of said ingredients. Fields like safety in the use of certain ingredients as well as their natural sources will be investigated further.
Lesson 3: SURFACTANTS AND EMULSIFIERS
Aim of this Lesson is to analyse the two main ingredients present in most cosmetic products, as well as the basic properties of these ingredients. We shall also inquire in areas like safety in the use of some ingredients and in their natural sources.
Lesson 4: SPECIAL INGREDIENTS
In this Lesson the participant learns about other ingredients contained in a cosmetic product, such as silicone in shampoos, sunscreen filters in sunscreens, and colourants in make-up products.
Module 3. Medicinal Plants and Essential Oils
Lesson 1: AROMATHERAPY
Aim of this Lesson is to present in detail the method of Aromatherapy, its effects, and its method of application. Further information regarding the use of essential oils and caution to be taken while using them is also presented.
Lesson 2: OBTAINMENT METHODS FOR ESSENTIAL OILS
Aim of this Lesson is to present in detail the main – traditional and innovative – methods employed for the obtainment of essential oils from the herbal material. In both cases we will discuss their methodology, the cases where each one is applicable, and their main advantages and disadvantages.
Lesson 3: MEDICINAL PLANTS
Aim of this Lesson is to equip students with fundamental knowledge on medicinal plants: the most important and known species as well as the main categories of active ingredients contained in these plants) mostly secondary metabolites. This knowledge aims at a better understanding and explanation of the widespread use of pharmaceutical plants in Cosmetology.
Lesson 4: THE MAIN ESSENTIAL OILS AND THEIR PROPERTIES
This section analyses in detail the main essential oils used in therapeutic, while their most significant ingredients are examined and presented. Lastly, the main therapeutic actions and applications of essential oils are extensively referred to.
Lesson 5: CULTIVATION OF AROMATIC PLANTS
Aim of this Lesson is to equip students with fundamental knowledge on the various methods of cultivating aromatic plants. In addition, to inform them on the essential needs of a specialised cultivation such as that of the most significant aromatic, pharmaceutical, and therapeutic plants grown globally and also in Greece.