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Lightening Skin Through a Melanogenesis-interrupting Peptide

Sep 3, 2014Jill Hsu, Corum Inc., Taipei, Taiwan

Cutaneous pigmentation is determined by melanogenesis, the transfer of melanosomes to keratinocytes, and the distribution of melanin to skin, among other processes. Interrupting these would limit skin pigmentation to achieve a better skin lightening effect. Here, the authors review the biological mechanisms of melanin production, then test a peptide designed to act on them for a lightening effect.

Peptide Approach to Enhance Anti-wrinkle Efficacy Between Injections

Aug 28, 2014Marta Rull, Cristina Davi, Elena Cañadas, Núria Almiñana and Raquel Delgado, Lipotec S.A.U, Gavà, Spain

Facial injections with botulinum toxin are trending but regular applications are necessary to maintain their efficacy. Six months is recommended between sessions, necessitating topical anti-wrinkle cosmetics that can fill this gap. Described here is a topical combination of peptides that is shown to complement such procedures with anti-wrinkle efficacy.

Greentech Launches Soft Butter Line for Sensory, Emulsification and Skin Benefit

Aug 27, 2014

Greentech has launched a range of 3-in-1 actives that emulsify, consistute the oily phase and improve biological activity. GreenSofts combine the properties of soft butters with sensory and auto-emulsion capacities.

Read the Label Online: Pacifica Sea Change Future Youth Serum

Aug 25, 2014Susan Raffy, Susan Raffy Consulting Inc.

Does your anti-aging serum have “super powers?” Launched in May 2014, Pacifica Beauty’s Sea Change Future Youth Serum is designed for both day and night use with “supernaturally effective ingredients for the best youthful, bright skin."

Lysine Polypeptides for Dandruff Treatment

Aug 22, 2014Derry K. Mercer, PhD, Lorna Miller, Jennifer Robertson; Linda Turvey; and Deborah A. O’Neil, PhD, NovaBiotics Ltd.

Dandruff remains a significant yet poorly served chronic scalp disorder for which more effective treatments are required. Here, lysine polypeptides are demonstrated in vitro and in vivo to effectively address the causative organism in dandruff, Malassezia spp., and provide a potential basis for new treatments to counteract this condition.

Sustainable Ingredient Science: Fossilized Coral Powder

Aug 21, 2014Giorgio Dell'Acqua, PhD

Coral powder has applications in cosmetics but its use has impacted the marine environment. Fossilized coral could provide a sustainable alternative for uses such as fillers, cleansing and whitening agents, astringents, sebum absorbers, or to supply trace minerals to skin. Its use as an exfoliant it particularly noteworthy as formulators seek natural alternatives to polyethylene beads.

Photoprotection of TiO2 Using Propenoic Acid Esters

Aug 21, 2014Robert S. Hu, Jean Zhang, Gary A. Neudahl and Craig A. Bonda, The HallStar Company

Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is known to be photocatalytically active. Even with surface modifications, it catalyzes the decomposition of organic materials and promotes the formation of reactive oxygen species. However, a particular propenoic acid ester is shown here to protect TiO2 from inducing such reactions, making it a more effective and safer UV filter.

Lonza Debuts Multifunctional Ester for Conditioning and Dry Feel

Aug 20, 2014

Lonza has launched an ester that conditions skin, has good spreadability and leaves a dry, powdery after feel.

Lonza Quaternizes Larch Tree Extract to Create Hair Conditioning Polymer

Aug 13, 2014

Lonza Personal Care has boosted the natural hair care and film-forming benefits of its larch tree active LaraCare A200 (Galactoarabinan), by enriching it further with quaternization technology to create a hair conditioning polymer.

Kao Identifies Algae Enzyme for Sustainable Surfactant Possibility

Aug 13, 2014

In researching algae at its Eco Technology Research Center, Kao Corp. has identified an enzyme that can produce a large number of medium chain fatty acids, which could lead to a non-food source of raw materials for surfactants and an alternative to palm oil and coconut oil.

Blurred Lines: The Growing Influence of Cosmetics in Hair Care Innovation

Aug 12, 2014

Hair care is seeing a boost in the personalization of its products, a trend that is heavily influenced from the color cosmetic and skin care beauty categories.

Croda Sources Pea Superfood for Hair and Skin Ingredients

Aug 6, 2014

Croda used its 40-year experience with proteins to make two new ingredients from the superfood Pisum sativum (pea).

Innospec Adds Mild Surfactant for Gentle Cleansing

Aug 5, 2014

Innospec Performance Chemicals has added a very mild surfactant to its Iselux line.

Corrections Regarding NPA Standards: Letter to the Editor

Aug 3, 2014Corey Hilmas, MD, PhD, Natural Products Association

After reading this article, I found inaccuracies in some of the statements regarding the Natural Products Association (NPA) Natural Standard.

Swallowfield Debuts Aerosol Body Butter Technology

Jul 30, 2014

Swallowfield plc has developed an aerosol spray for body butters, believed to be the first of its kind.

Impact Colors Introduces Candelilla Bead Exfoliators

Jul 30, 2014

Impact Colors has created a new line of candelilla bead exfoliators as alternatives to polyethylene microbeads for skin care and oral care. Nature XFol is a line of exfoliating beads in a variety of colors that are natural, biodegradable and safe for skin.

Researchers Propose Coloring Hair with Nano-Patterning

Jul 29, 2014

Researchers from the University of New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratories have reported nano-patterning a diffraction grating on human hair with a focused ion to allow the hair to reflect colors in the spectrum to produce a hair color pattern with a flat iron.

Coast Southwest Introduces Olive Oil Emulsifiers

Jul 22, 2014

Coast Southwest introduced Olivatis, a line of olive oil-derived emulsifiers manufactured by Medolla Cosmetic Specialty Ingredients.

Induchem Creates Extra Small Visual Beads Naturally

Jul 22, 2014

Induchem used its unique manufacturing system to create small spherical beads from cellulose and sugar that provide visual effects in cosmetic formulas.

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