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Pisum Sativum Extract for Safe- and Self-Tanning

The cosmetic industry is challenged to develop active ingredients to provide the skin with a natural, healthy glow without sunlight exposure. Here, the author examines the effects of Pisum sativum extract on melanocytes and shows a time- and dose-dependent increase in skin tone, also suggesting the material could protect skin from UV damage.

Leucojum aestivum Bulb Extract for Antiaging Benefits

Dormant Leucojum aestivum bulb extract is shown by the author to provide antiaging benefits including: slowing the proliferation of melanocytes and keratinocytes potentially to reduce age spots and slow cellular aging; reducing wrinkle formation by inhibiting muscle cell contractions; and increasing SOD expression in the skin to boost its natural defenses.

Profile of Salicylic Acid

2-Hydroxybenzoic acid, or salicylic acid (SA), is among the most important medicinal compounds ever discovered. Since ancient times, humans have benefited from the therapeutic effects of naturally occurring SA precursors, which readily metabolize to SA and provide analgesic, anti- inflammatory and antipyretic benefits.

Slowing Intrinsic and Extrinsic Aging: A Dual Approach

In this dual approach to antiaging, intrinsic factors are first addressed by slowing cell proliferation in skin via a technology based on dormins—in this case, extracts from dormant Narcissus tazetta bulb. Then, to protect against extrinsic aging, colorless carotenoids are employed to absorb UV radiation and prevent oxidative stress damage.

Lessons in Peptides and Finding Balance

On April 16, 2013, in Paris, in-cosmetics organizers presented Karl Lintner, PhD, with the Lifetime Achievement Award; a well-deserved honor as the father of Matrixyl, who has dedicated much of his life to identifying and validating active cosmetic technologies.

Naolys Introduces Anti-aging Active Derived from Rutin and Hibiscus

Naolys has introduced an anti-aging plant cell complex comprising an active cell of "bluebird" hibiscus and a rutin molecule from Japanese knotweed.

Lightening, Boosting and Protecting with Colorless Carotenoids

Phytoene and phytofluene (P&P) are carotenoids that are precursors in the biosynthetic pathway of other carotenoids. These materials occur naturally in microorganisms, algae and other plants and exhibit benefits for skin care including skin lightening, anti-inflammatory activity and protection against UV and oxidative damage, as is shown here.

Lessons in Peptides and Finding Balance

On April 16, 2013, in Paris, in-cosmetics organizers presented Karl Lintner, PhD, with the Lifetime Achievement Award; a well-deserved honor as the father of Matrixyl, who has dedicated much of his life to identifying and validating active cosmetic technologies.

BASF Uses Brown Seaweed Extract to Address Undereye Circles/Crow's Feet

BASF has created a seaweed extract that reduces the appearance of dark undereye circles and crow's feet.

Symrise Introduces Algae Extracts for Hair Thickening and Self-tanning

Symrise has introduced two algae extracts, one designed to prevent hair loss, strengthen hair and make it thicker, while the other serves as a dual-action self-tanner for face and body.

Anti-aging Skin Care Benefits of Saccharina longicruris Extract

Aging triggers the modification of gene expression levels, negatively affecting skin’s ultrastructural integrity and resulting in dry, saggy skin and the appearance of wrinkles. However, an extract of Saccharina longicruris has been found to restore the expression levels of specific genes in senescent fibroblasts, in turn improving barrier function and hydration, increasing elasticity and reducing wrinkles, which are described in this article.

A Polyglucuronic Acid to Target the FIAF Adipokine for Slimming Effects

Effective slimming actives should reduce lipogenesis, increase lipolysis, promote fatty acid release and improve skin firmness. Here, the authors describe the development of such an active based on polyglucuronic acid. Further, this material is shown to act on a new biological pathway involving the fasting-induced adipose factor (FIAF) adipokine.

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