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IFSCC Looks to Land, Fire, Surf and Sky for Formulation Answers
By: Rachel Grabenhofer, Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine
Posted: November 3, 2009
Attendees rolled up their sleeves and got hands-on in pre-conference formulation workshops during the IFSCC 2009 event.
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After breaking for lunch and time spent with the posters and exhibits, attendees returned for the remainder of the talks, all categorized as “sky.” Oxathiazolidone was presented as a skin-penetrating active with anti-photo-aging effects, followed by a discussion of the autophagic system of skin cells and its role in detoxification. Acetyl hexapeptide-25 was shown to reduce muscle contractions and thus wrinkling for potential antiaging applications, and a two-year clinical study examined the biophysical changes that occur in skin during adolescence in Japanese subjects.
Rounding out the conference was Robert Lochhead, PhD (University of Southern Mississippi), who described an investigation into whether macromolecules can be designed to fit into intercellular spaces. Lochhead entertained with a demonstration involving his bending and crawling across the stage, portraying the molecule, to fit beneath the moderator’s table. He concluded that under the right conditions, macromolecules such as proteins and polysaccharides can fit into such tiny spaces.
During the Q&A session, one attendee asked about a potential antiaging application, “Can you use the polymers to fit into the spaces of skin, to remove wrinkles?” to which Lochhead replied, “I’m just the chemist. The rest is up to you guys.” In relation to this idea, Wiechers noted that in theory, it could work; however, “it is important to remember that the skin grows from the inside out.” He added that the outer layers of skin are continuously shed.
A ceremony and banquet marked the end of the conference, during which several officers gave closing remarks, among them Wiechers, who reminded attendees of efforts to reach financially disadvantaged societies. He also stressed the importance of solidarity within the organization. “We need to get the message out that we’re doing real science.”
In addition, Gavin Greenoak was presented the presidential gavel. “It’s a great honor to be elected the third Australian president of the IFSCC,” said Greenoak. He expressed his appreciation for the event committee and unveiled the new IFSCC logo.