We caught up with Introduction to Cosmetic Science tutors, Diogo Balthazar and Gabriela Daniels to talk about Cosmetic Science and why you should take this course.
Diogo Baltazar is the MSc Cosmetics Science Course leader and teaches the skincare part of the Intro to Cosmetic Science Short Course, while Gabriela Daniels is the Programmer Director for the Science Programme and teaches hair biology and all about haircare. They are highly specialised experts and very talented in their respective fields.
For those not familiar with Cosmetic Science, it's the process of making a product for a specific customer. Behind it, there's lots of physics and chemistry, needed to understand raw materials and how to put them together.
Top 5 reasons you should take this course:
- Gain a better understanding of the role of cosmetic ingredients in cosmetics and toiletries.
- Learn all about the regulations governing the cosmetics industry.
- Understand your skin and hair much better.
- This course is a great foundation for those who are considering joining the MSc Cosmetic Science in the near future or those thinking of a career change.
- You might be developing your own cosmetic line or brand and would like to know more about the science behind your products and the process of making them.
The Short Course is mostly lecture-based but questions and discussions are welcomed and encouraged. Students can take this opportunity to clear doubts, ask questions and bring examples to the classroom. After learning all the theory, there’s an opportunity to put that knowledge to practice in the lab.
“Lectures and not just lectures. We give students the space to turn lectures into a seminar. They can bring questions, products or real-life examples to discuss with us and the groups.”Diogo Baltazar
To join the course, the tutors, recommend having GCSE level Chemistry or Biology or any equivalent knowledge. However, it's not a requirement. Anyone with enough enthusiasm and interest in the subject can join.
"What you need is a deep interest in the cosmetics industry, maybe interested to become a full-time student or have been involved in the business. Enthusiasm is key. The course can be used as taster before joining the MSc Cosmetic Science." Gabriela Daniels
Anyone will take something away from this Short Course, whether you an expert in Chemistry or not, you will learn something new.
"Our teaching is planned for a variety of people. If you don’t know anything you will definitely learn and if you already know you will learn something too." Diogo Baltazar
Both tutors agreed that the most exciting part of the course is making products, testing how different raw materials work together and seeing all the theory put into practice.
Gabriela Daniels highlights that this course is unique in the UK:
"I don't think there's anywhere else in the UK where you can take a course like this one. The tutors that teach in it are specialists in all the sub-areas - suncare, skin and hair. We are all specialists in those different areas. It's not one person trying to cover everyhting. It's a technical course but includes many references about the commercial side of the industry." Gabriela Daniels