I'm back from LA! I thought I'd do a quick blog post on my experience, rather than a Facebook post.
I just returned from a 4 day intensive course at UCLA Extension: Cosmetic Ingredients and Regulations for Beauty Professionals. It was taught by industry legend and leading ingredient expert Rebecca Gadbury - this class was amazing!
What exactly did I learn? The course covered a lot. We were defining terms, and identifying sources and functions of chemicals in the ingredient lexicon. The regulation of the industry, labeling laws, claim substantiation, and the steps of product development were all covered.
So what does this actually mean? I broadened my knowledge of how different chemicals/ingredients function, why they're needed, and what role they play- based on their form. I can pick through a label more quickly now, and based on what I've learned, determine what fits into my philosophy as helpful and appropriate. I have gained even more respect for all the cosmetic chemists and formulators out there—and I already had a healthy dose of respect!
I will fully admit I am still a bit brain fried from the long days, but I'm also left motivated and inspired by the the vast amount there is still left for me to learn. UCLA will now be offering a certificate in Skin Care, which I will be pursuing over the next 2 years, taking courses every 4-6 months. I met a great group of people, who were nothing but generous with their knowledge from an array of diverse backgrounds.
Thanks for being patient while I was away, I feel very fortunate to have been able to take this time. I can't wait to see where this leads me....stay tuned!