Perse pupils inspired to consider the amazing science of cosmetics
30 Jan 2019
Dr Emma Meredith, Director of Science for the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association (CTPA), gave an interesting and insightful 42 lecture to Perse pupils.
During her talk, she explained the role of the association and how it helps to regulate the industry.
Dr Meredith described the formulation process that a cosmetic product will go through before it reaches a consumer, which includes ingredient selection, safety testing, stability testing, efficacy testing, manufacturing and marketing.
Pupils learned the difference between the legal definition of a cosmetic product compared to a medicine which can sometimes be confusing. They were challenged to think about how many cosmetic products they use each day, many of whom suggested they use at least 10 to 14 products, including toothpaste, shampoo and moisturiser.
Dr Meredith talked about the functional and emotional benefits of using cosmetics. She explained that a survey conducted in 2017 revealed how 71% of consumers saw cosmetics as being ‘important or very important’ in their life, with 80% saying they help to build self-esteem. Pupils learned about EU cosmetic legislation and the ban on any products being tested on animals, which will not change in the EU regardless of Brexit.
Dr Meredith demonstrated how many natural chemicals are found in common foods such as an apple or orange. She challenged pupils to think about chemicals in products as being positive rather than negative and not to assume that all chemicals in cosmetics are necessarily bad.
Speaking after the lecture, Dr Meredith said: “It’s been a pleasure to come to The Perse and share my passion for science and cosmetic science and hopefully I have sown a seed for some pupils to consider this industry as a future career.”