Online Class: Natural Skin Care 101

In this course, you will gain a complete understanding of natural skin care products and their benefits, as well as what products are best to purchase. In addition, you will learn about the harms of synthetic chemicals in skin formulations, common marketing tactics and how to make your own skin care products, if you wish to do so.

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Course Description

Journey to Radiant Skin: Delving into Natural Skin Care

Welcome to our transformative course, "Understanding Natural Skin Care". Dive deep into the world of botanical beauty and discover the secrets to radiant, healthy skin using nature's most potent ingredients. Whether you're navigating the crowded skincare aisles or contemplating DIY beauty, this comprehensive guide is tailored to quench your thirst for knowledge, giving you a holistic perspective on natural beauty care.

Course Highlights:

  1. Deciphering Labels: The beauty industry is saturated with buzzwords like 'organic', 'natural', and 'eco-friendly'. Unveil the truth behind these claims and become a savvy consumer by learning to dissect product labels, ensuring you're making choices that align with your values.

  2. Nature's Pantry: Discover a cornucopia of natural ingredients that have been revered for ages. From the hydrating aloe vera to the healing chamomile, unravel the myriad benefits each ingredient brings to the table.

  3. Healing Naturally: Whether it's sunburns, eczema flare-ups, or stubborn stretch marks, nature has a remedy. Harness the power of plant-based ingredients to heal and nourish common skin ailments.

  4. Personalized Care: Not all skin is created equal. Dive deep into understanding different skin types, from the oiliest T-zone to the driest patches. Tailor a skincare routine perfectly suited to your unique complexion.

  5. The Ageless Elixir: Grasp the intricacies of the skin aging process and learn how natural ingredients can be the fountain of youth you've been seeking. Combat wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots with nature's finest.

  6. Toxin Alert: Your skin, a porous barrier, absorbs much of what's applied to it. Delve into the hidden dangers lurking in commercial products and understand the long-term implications of synthetic additives, especially on sensitive young skin.

  7. DIY Beauty Bootcamp: Embark on a rewarding journey of crafting bespoke skincare potions. From luscious face masks to invigorating body scrubs, experience the joy of creating spa-worthy treatments in the comfort of your home.

  8. Sharing Nature's Best: Transform your passion into purpose. Whether you're gifting handcrafted beauty balms or pondering the launch of a natural skincare line, we'll guide you in sharing your curated formulations with the world.

Why Enroll in "Understanding Natural Skin Care"?

This course is much more than a basic guide; it's an invitation to a holistic beauty transformation. In an era where 'greenwashing' is prevalent, and commercial skincare products are laden with potentially harmful chemicals, arm yourself with knowledge and become an advocate for your skin's health.

Join us, as we navigate the realm of natural beauty, debunk myths, and spotlight truths. Let's celebrate the power of nature and craft a skincare journey that nourishes, rejuvenates, and radiates from within. The path to natural beauty enlightenment awaits!

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Course Motivation

The vast majority of personal care items on the market are largely formulated with synthetic products. These are chemical combinations that are made in a lab and thought to have some benefit to the skin. However, these ingredients are not tested for safety by the food and drug administration and there is no way to prove that their effectiveness outweighs the potential harms. 

Many of us never think twice when purchasing skin care products. In fact, the average U.S. consumer uses about 10 cosmetic products every day and with it allows their body to absorb an average of 126 unique chemical ingredients on a daily basis! Nearly all of these ingredients easily penetrate the skin, and some we consume directly by accident from our lips or hands.

Some of the common ingredients used in the many popular brands include lead, industrial strength cleansers and solvents, and chemicals that are known to disrupt hormone function. You will learn what these ingredients are and their effect on your body, as well as the environment, in this course.
Products that Contain Natural Ingredients

Natural ingredients such as shea butterargan oil, and aloe vera have become trendy in recent years. Not only have people begun to understand the wonderful beneficial properties of these ingredients, but they are attracted to the exotic scents, textures, and healing properties of natural ingredients. This has created an increased demand for these products.

Because of the increased demand, many traditional companies have jumped on the bandwagon and added some amount of natural products to their formulations. However, because chemical ingredients are often less expensive than natural ones, there is usually only a minuscule amount added. This allows the company to claim that the product contains "natural ingredients," without really investing in large scale sourcing of natural products.

Some ways that products falsely capitalize on using a small amount of natural products are statements like:

Infused with...
Made with…

Contains natural…

Nourishes with natural…

This makes the buyer feel as if the product is largely natural and nourishing, when the opposite is often the case. To really evaluate the product, look at the list of ingredients. They are required to be listed in order of highest quantity first. If you see that natural ingredient is not listed as one of the first few items, there is a smaller amount and it will have a negligible effect on your skin.
"All Natural" products

Many companies use this term to describe their products, but it can be misleading as well. When a person thinks of an all natural product, they envision that it is produced without any growth hormones, genetic modifications, or pesticides.

There are many products on the market that state that they are all natural, but are grown and processed using highly chemical or unnatural means. To be sure of the efficacy of the product check that it is certified organicdoes not contain chemical residue or is certified all natural.

This may seem like something small, but chemical growing and processing of ingredients can really dilute or negate the benefits of the ingredient. Also, these products are often priced at a premium based on the ingredients, so you want to make sure that they actually work.

Products that are labeled Organic usually have a large percentage of the ingredients that are legitimately organic. However, there may be some additional ingredients that cannot be certified organic, such as minerals. Also, there may be things like fillers, foaming agents and binders that are not of organic origin.

When purchasing Organic products, you may see products that say Organic, 80% Organic or contains Organic ingredients. These all indicate that while the products are largely healthy, they do possibly contain some uncertifiable or chemical elements. Sometimes these are harmless, but be careful that the non-organic ingredients are not harsh cleansers like Sodium Laurel Sulphate, or chemical preservatives such as parabens that can cause cancer and hormone disruption. 
Certified Organic

This is the safest option when purchasing personal care products. To carry the designation of "Certified Organic", the product must contain at least 95 percent organic materials, with the remaining 5 percent being natural ingredients (but not necessarily organic).

There are some products that use 100 percent certified organic ingredients and if so, they will usually list this on the label or in their marketing materials. This category of products is very good for people concerned about chemicals entering their bloodstream; those who care for the environment and people with compromised immune systems, as well as babies.  

Food for Thought:

Were you aware of the many differences in the composition of skincare products? What category of products do you currently use? Can you see the need or benefit of one category over another?  


As a consumer, it's important to know what you are paying for. You may think that you are purchasing a great product, but based on the classifications listed above, you may not be getting your money's worth. Education is key in making healthy and informed buying choices.

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  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.6 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(4,366 votes)

Lesson 1 : The Various Classifications of Skin Care Products

In this lesson, you will learn to identify the various labels under which skin care products are placed. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 : The Various Classifications of Skin Care Products

Lesson 2 : Common and Effective Natural Ingredients

In this lesson, you will learn the amazing range of benefits of natural skin care ingredients, as well as the most common natural ingredients you will see in many commercial products. Additional lesson topics: The benefits of Natural Ingredients in Skin Care Products 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 : Common and Effective Natural Ingredients

Lesson 3 : Healing With Natural Skin Care

In this lesson, you will learn which natural ingredients and techniques are effective in healing common skin issues, including burns, eczema, and stretch marks. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 : Healing with Natural Skin Care

Lesson 4 : Understanding Different Skin Types

In this lesson, you will learn about the various types of skin and their individual challenges. You'll also learn to identify your own skin type and be a step closer to finding your ideal personal skin care regimen. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 : Understanding Different Skin Types

Lesson 5 : Developing a Natural Skin Care Routine

Based on the last lesson, you should now be able to identify your particular skin type. Now you will learn the best way to care for your skin, as well as what products work best, and which to avoid. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 : Developing a Natural Skin Care Routine

Lesson 6 : Care for Aging Skin

In this lesson, you will learn how and why the skin ages and common problems that occur as this happens. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 : Care for Ageing Skin

Lesson 7 : Natural Skin Care for Compromised Skin

Chemotherapy can be an arduous experience. The drugs used in chemotherapy attack rapidly dividing and regenerating cells, regardless if they are healthy or not. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 : Natural Skin Care for Compromised Skin

Lesson 8 : Making Your Own Natural Skin Care Products

In this lesson, you will learn how easy and rewarding it is to make your own skin care and spa products. Additional lesson topics: More Bath Salts and Oils 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 : Making your own Natural Skin Care Products

Lesson 9 : Mixing it Up!

In this lesson, you will learn the key components of creating your own natural skin care products. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 : Mixing it Up!

Lesson 10 : Gifting or Selling Your Creations

In this lesson, you will find information to help you in sharing your formulations with the world, either as gifts, or through commerce. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 : Gifting or Selling your Creations

Lesson 11 : Marketing Tactics of the Skin Care Industry

As mentioned in Lesson 1, there is not much oversight and regulation of the skin care industry. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 : Marketing Tactics of the Skin Care Industry

Lesson 12 : The Health Implications of Toxic Skin Care

This lesson will summarize the known health implications of using toxic, chemically laden skin care products, including the ramifications for children. 42 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 : The Health Implications of Toxic Skin Care
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define the various classifications of skin care products.
  • Describe common and effective natural ingredients.
  • Summarize healing with natural skin care.
  • Describe the different skin types.
  • Determine how to develop a natural skin care routine.
  • Describe process for caring for aging skin.
  • Summarize methods of natural skin care for compromised skin.
  • Summarize processes for making your own natural skin care products.
  • Summarize the health implications of toxic skin care.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Natural Skin Care 101
Course Number: 8900151
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (4,366 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: August 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "This course was very informative. When I first started this course I wanted to learn how to help my son with his rash. I learned so much more. If we aren't conscious about the products we use on our body we could be doing more harm than good." -- Sherrie B.
  • "This was a great course! I learned so much about natural skincare and the effect that chemical toxins have on our daily lives. I am excited to you use what I learned to make my own products for my family and friends." -- Danielly M.
  • "thank you for letting me learn more about my skin and for your sharing your knowledge with me. It was great experience and I will be back to learn more." -- Ana A.
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