Antioxidants and the Skin

Roger L. McMullen

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  • 550 Pages
  • Published 2013
  • ISBN-13: 9781937235284
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How do ingredients in skincare products work? Learn about the benefits of antioxidants such as flavonoids from herbs, fruit, and vegetables. Of particular note are ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), green tea (Camellia sinensis), turmeric (Curcuma longa), and even milk thistle (Silybum marianum) and so much more!

    Overwhelmed by all the disconnected literature on antioxidant technology and methodology? One book, one resource to fulfill your antioxidant needs.

  • A complete description (including figures) of the skin's endogenous (innate) antioxidant system
  • A chapter on the production of free radicals in skin due to UV irradiation
  • A comprehensive description of testing methodologies for lipid peroxidation and free radical scavenging capacity (antioxidant assays)
  • A comprehensive examination of the use of antioxidants in skin care products
  • Timely and pertinent reference information, structures, and physical/chemical properties of antioxidants used to treat the skin
  • A survey of antioxidant products in skin care formulas covering various product categories
  • For researchers in the field of personal care, information on formulating for antioxidant claims is both overwhelming and so widespread as to seem incomplete. While much of the literature out there addresses free radical damages, little goes further to address the cellular level of human skin. Antioxidants and the Skin is the first text to offer a comprehensive account of antioxidants in personal care. Never before has this vast field been drawn together in a single text. You benefit from Roger L. McMullen’s years of experience and research on topics ranging from the fundamental aspects of skin biochemistry and how free radical species damage biological systems, to concepts of lipid peroxidation and the effects on skin, to antioxidant treatment efficacy and detailed outlines of the physicochemical properties of key antioxidants.

    This book is an essential reference text and an up-to-date treatise on the crucial fields of dermatology and cosmetic skin science. Whether you are beginning a journey in the realm of antioxidants, or are a seasoned antioxidant veteran in need of a valuable resource tool, you need look no further!

Roger L. McMullen has more than 15 years of research experience in the personal care industry, and has written extensively on contemporary subjects confronting this industry. McMullen is senior scientist at Ashland Specialty Ingredients, as well as an adjunct professor of biochemistry in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Cosmetic/Pharmaceutical Science Master’s program, where his focus topics are microtoxicity and biochemistry. Roger is also editor of the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ monthly publication, Cosmetiscope.

Antioxidants and the Skin, for all the information reported on the use and control of the activity of these important class of ingredients, represents a key book to be included in the library of researchers, cosmetic formulators, clinicians and academics of both Chemical and Medical Community, and represents a study for students and marketers interested in understanding an in-depth way antioxidants are used in the field of Cosmetic dermatology.

Read the full review of this title published in the Journal of Applied Cosmetology by P. Morganti, Editor-in-Chief.

"McMullen, a scientist who teaches biochemistry at Fairleigh Dickinson U. and has experience in the personal care industry, surveys the information available on antioxidants in personal care products for the skin, for beginning and experienced researchers, formulators, clinicians, and academics. He explains the structure and function of the skin, free radicals and how they damage biological systems, the skin's endogenous antioxidant network, the effects of solar radiation on the skin, lipid peroxidation and free radicals and their measurement, antioxidant assays, electron spin resonance, treatment of the skin with antioxidants and their efficacy, and antioxidants used in formulations, their physical/chemical properties, and references to analytical and efficacy studies that substantiate their performance and effectiveness."

— Eithne O'Leyne
Annotation © Book News Inc., Portland, OR,

This book by Roger McMullen explains how the ingredients in skincare products work. It gives excellent coverage to the structure and function of skin and oxidation and the problems that occur when the two meet. The primary focus is on the benefits of antioxidants, such as flavonoids from herbs, fruit, and vegetables. Of particular note are ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), green tea (Camellia sinensis), turmeric (Curcuma longa), and even milk thistle (Silybum marianum). It includes the latest research and trends for antioxidant products. McMullen is a pharmaceutical professor and senior scientist at Ashland Specialty Ingredients.

Kathi Keville, AHA Editor, American Herbal Association

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