Somerville Secondary College

Cosmetic Science

Featured Learning AreaScience
Additional Learning Areas
Learning Capabilities DevelopedEthical Capability


Students will develop their understanding of the key chemical ingredients in both make-up and skincare products. They will explore the interaction between atoms in chemical reactions that give rise to chemical products used within this industry. Students will develop their understanding of the structure of skin and the health effects of different products such as sunscreen. Students will investigate not only the chemical nature of cosmetics but also the ethical concerns of ‘clean beauty’ and animal testing; the use of ethically sourced material and the safe production of biochemicals in the beauty and healthcare industry.