CEP course focuses on simplifying scientific terminology for cosmetics formulation

By Simon Pitman

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CEP course focuses on simplifying scientific terminology for cosmetics formulation
A class that aims to demystify some of the complex scientific terminology that surrounds cosmetics formulation is being held in tandem with next months NYSCC Suppliers’ event.

The CEP course is titled Speaking the Language – Basics in Scientific Terminology for the Cosmetics Industry and will take the form of a full day event given by Nava Dayan, Ph.D., which will take place on Monday, May 14, at the Jacob Javits Center.

Taking place on the day before Suppliers’ Day opens its doors, the course will provide fundamental knowledge about scientific terms in the beauty and personal care industry that often leave many of us either unsure or in the dark.

Key topics will be related to skin biochemistry, chemistry and physics and will cover definitions of keywords, skin structure and function, major cells and components, structure of genes, meaning of expression, definition of role of cytokines, enzymes and receptors.

A special focus will also be given to the important area of skin aging as well as utilization of omics technologies - which include genomics, proteomics and lipidomics – as well as skin microbiome.

Drawing from pharma and cosmetic industry experience

Dr. Dayan has worked in a consultation capacity in both the pharma and cosmetics industries and believes this experience has helped her identify the key areas where scientific terminology can become a different language for some.

“There are two ends of perception: unrealistic expectations from science and on skepticism. I think that there is a great need to find some clarity in the fog of information,” said Dr. Dayan.

“Personally, it’s a mix of altruism and egoism. I see it as a mission to share what I know with others but I also want to learn more from them. Teaching is an excellent way for me to learn.”

Concerning the object of the course, Dr. Dayan is hoping to convey the idea that science is simply a tool, and the accompanying language is just one that has to be studied.

“To trigger participants curiosity and mainly to address questions and confusion. I hope to be able to create in the class an atmosphere of “no judgment” so participants can open up and will be eager to learn more, that they will leave the class saying to themselves: “this is not a rocket science, I can open up a science book and read it and its okay if I don’t understand it all”.”

What other advice is on offer?

Dr. Dayan recommends that the first approach to scientific technology that is not clearly understood is to simply go back to basics.

“If it does not make sense to you, ask yourself why and dig deeper. Don’t accept what others are telling you as an axiom,”​ she said.

“Open a basic skin biology/ chemistry/ physics textbook and read…I do it too.”

For more information about the course and to secure a seat, please click here.

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