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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.
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γ-Poly glutamic acid, a peptide, is considered by Ben-Zur and Goldman for its moisturizing and exfoliating properties as a value-added component to personal care products. Additionally, Rieger reviews literature on the relatively new topic of neuropeptides and their impact on skin biology with a major focus on toll-like receptors and their contribution to the skin’s immune system.
Costa-Strachan, PhD, looks at spa treatments designed for slimming effects. Newer approaches using ingredients to achieve these effects are described, including the newest method of body contouring to reach the United States—mesotherapy. Finally, chitin nanofibrils are explored by Morganti et al. as natural compounds to generate the formation of a hygroscopic molecular film that slows water evaporation to keep the skin hydrated as well. Recent improvements to isolate chitin nanofibrils suggest its application in skin rehydration, wound healing and maintenance of cutaneous homeostasis.
Introducing innovative products geared to work and work well ensures customer loyalty and free word-of-mouth promotion as the word gets out. The word has gotten out about cosmeceuticals, which today can be found listed in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary. As formulators invent new cosmetic products for previously inconceivable effects, the language of the industry will continue to be shaped by making up words to describe such inventions: a testimony to progress.