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Lessons in Peptides and Finding Balance
By: Katie Anderson
Posted: July 2, 2013, from the July 2013 issue of Cosmetics & Toiletries.
Karl Lintner, PhD
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The conjunction of non-invasive devices with cosmetic topical treatment is also interesting. The number of devices, i.e., microneedle rollers, light emitting diodes, etc., is increasing, and it is a possibility that these will take off. It depends on how these are sold and if consumers accept them. Asking a woman to add another step to her routine and buy a device is a lot, so the effects must be rapidly visible.
Cosmetotextiles is another interesting topic. A few suppliers sell ingredients and capsules to the textile industry that are incorporated into garments for moisturization, UV protection and anti-perspiration. It is a possibility that these will take off some day, but consumers have to see the benefits.
C&T: What advice would you give to future cosmetic scientists?
I would tell them to have fun but be skeptical and a bit cynical; to believe in what they do, but not take themselves too seriously. Science alone will not do the job. Cosmetics is about bringing pleasure to the consumer. The consumer does not relate much to the science because they do not often have the education for it, but they do relate to the texture and the fragrance. I used to read ladies’ magazines every month—not for the quizzes and horoscopes, but to see the advertisements and what the press said about products. You have to see what the consumer really wants, and this well-being part is important.
Find the right balance between the science/technology and the hedonistic/pleasure part of the industry. This is not easy in the beginning if you come from a scientific background. Think of the pleasure of the end user. People do not need cosmetics; they buy cosmetics because they make them feel good.
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