Formulating for the Delivery of Cosmetic Actives (ADVANCED TRACK)

Instructor: Ricardo Diez, PhD
Format: Virtual - live online lectures w/Q&A
Day 1: Monday, June 21, 2021 (11:00am - 2:30pm EDT)

Day 2: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 (11:00am - 2:30pm EDT)



This course is a part of the Advanced Track. Purchasing this course includes access to the Wednesday/Thursday course Scale Up and Processing Cosmetic Formulations instructed by David Yacko as well as Friday's bonus seminar Cosmetic Claim Substantiation.

Not included in the Advanced Track is Cosmetic Raw Materials instructed by Mark Chandler and Cosmetic Product Prototypes: Development and Testing instructed by Perry Romanowski. To gain access to these additional NextGen Track courses, please select the "Full SCC Education Week" registration option. 

Note: because courses are running concurrently Monday-Thursday, those purchasing Full SCC Education Week access will utilize the on-demand recorded playbacks (available for 30 days) to view any courses they are not able to attend live.

Anyone purchasing a registration during the live event week will need to utilize the on-demand recorded playbacks for any live programming content that they miss.

Course Overview

Cosmetic actives, even those with proven efficacy, only perform optimally in cosmetic products when they are delivered in the correct spot of the skin and in the correct amount. The right spot can be quite variable depending on the active. Some actives work on the surface, others in the stratum corneum, and others may need to penetrate deeper into the living layers of the skin. 

The type of cosmetic product and the specific formulation, therefore, play a fundament role in ensuring an efficacious delivery. In addition, cosmetic products are also expected to have good sensorial properties. The combination of both efficacy and pleasant properties increases the challenge.

This course offers both a comprehensive view of the fundamental aspects behind the effective delivery of actives (Day 1), as well as the practical aspects of selecting an appropriate product, and the specifics of the formulation process (Day2).

Who Should Attend

The course will be of immediate value to those involved in formulating cosmetic products containing actives. It will also be of general interest to anyone working in the cosmetics industry in a research or product development lab. Those working in marketing will also benefit from the concepts presented on Day 1.

Course Outline

Day 1 - Fundamental Aspects

  • The ‘where and how’ of active delivery
  • Selecting the product type and formulation for effective delivery
  • Actives according to their intrinsic solubility
  • The skin as a barrier
  • Measuring the efficacy of the delivery
  • Weichert’s view on oil soluble actives

Day 2 – Practical Aspects and Formulations

  • Delivery from non-emulsion systems 
  • Delivery from emulsions according to the Lamellar Gel Network model. Formulations
  • Delivery from microemulsions. 
  • Delivery from nano-emulsions

Daily Schedule

11:00am-12:30pm EDT - Live Lecture & Q&A
12:30pm-1:00pm EDT - Break
1:00pm-2:30pm EDT - Live Lecture & Q&A

About the Instructor

Ricardo Diez, PhD is currently an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, NJ, where he teaches a course on Applied Cosmetic Science in the Master of Business and Science. He has more than four decades of experience in the industry in both consumer product companies (Procter & Gamble, Dial Corp and Chanel), and raw material manufacturers (Miranol, Stepan and Huntsman). He has taught courses for the SCC and IFSCC. He remains active in the Center for Professional Advancement.

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