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Compass: The Shape of Words to Come
By: Rachel L. Chapman, Cosmetics & Toiletries
Posted: April 2, 2007, from the April 2007 issue of Cosmetics & Toiletries.
O/W, pH, qs, INCI, surfactant … Language is a dynamic tool for communication and an interesting indication of the evolution of a population. Encyclopedias and dictionaries are continually updated to reflect the new words used in present-day communication.
When Albert Kligman, PhD, made up the term cosmeceutical in the early 1980s, he not only modernized the language of cosmetics, he made an interesting declaration—makeup had evolved beyond just adding moisture or pigment to the skin.
Reminded by the US Food and Drug Administration that the claims made on the label determine whether a product is considered a cosmetic or drug, and not necessarily the ingredients, the cosmetic industry forged ahead with ingredients designed to activate mechanisms in the skin and intended to promote attractiveness. Thus, actives emerged and continue to find new applications in personal care.
Competition is fierce between companies entering the actives scene. Aggressive launches run the gamut from powerful synthetics to delivery-enhanced naturals applied in cellulite treatments, antiaging serums, microcirculation stimulators and wellness-promoting products. Whatever path the manufacturers of actives take, in the end they all hope to arrive at the same place—in the hands of the consumer.
This issue of Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine focuses on treatments incorporating such actives in preventive skin care, antiaging treatments, and anticellulite and spa treatments. Huber and Schreier examine the survival strategies adapted by watermelon from growing under extreme conditions such as drought, UV radiation and high salt concentration, to apply in protective products for skin.