"UV Radiation & Sun Protection" - the South African Society's certificate class

About the Webinar

For over 20 years the South African Society of Cosmetic Chemists (COSCHEM) has offered a 2-year certificate course in cosmetic science. Intended as an introduction to our industry, this certificate has been essential to entry-level chemists in South African.

The IFSCC is proud to offer the actual course material used in this successful certificate program. Written and updated by long-time COSCHEM Member, Roy Gardiner, this is the first of Roy's many course modules we will share over several years.

For information on the South African Society's 2 year course (available remotely), visit their website at

After this webinar you should be able to: 

  • Understand UV radiation and the affect it has on the skin.

  • Understand the intrinsic protective mechanisms of the skin and how ultra violet radiation can penetrate the body to cause harm.

  • Know that your skin type determines the sun protection your skin requires as well as some of the difficulties that may occur during formulating with the different UV filters.

  • Be aware of alternatives to sun tanning and after-sun treatments.

    Our sincere thanks to Roy and COSCHEM for allowing the IFSCC to share this wealth of knowledge with our global Members.
    Ms. Heibrie Le Roux, Presenter

    part of the ISO sunscreen working group, Ms. Le Roux and has been involved with the standardisation and testing of sunscreen efficacy. She'll be presenting live from warm Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Perry Romanowski, Moderator

    Perry has been formulating cosmetic products and inventing solutions to solve consumer problems since the early 1990’s. Additionally, he has written and edited numerous articles and books, taught continuing education classes for industry scientists, and developed successful websites. His most recent book, Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry 3rd Edition, is available for free to IFSCC Members at in the Learning Center (in the Publications section); registration required.​​​​​​​

  • Perry Romanowski, IFSCC Chair of Education

    Webinar Moderator and Panelist

  • Ms. Heibrie Le Roux, Future Cosmetics (South Africa)


  • Mary Lynn Halland, IFSCC Secretary General

    Webinar Host

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