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Editor's Note: Secret Sauce for Beauty

When panelists were asked what they wanted in a tomato sauce, no one ever said “extra chunky.” They had to discover they liked it. This is a critically important step in understanding consumer desires and tastes.

Patent Pick: Straighten Up, Smooth It Out

Hair care is getting bossy. In this patent application, Unilever explores a sericin-based treatment that straightens and smooths hair, reducing volume to make it behave.

Patent Pick: Clover Polyphenol Antioxidant Trio

As luck would have it, Boots inventors found that red clover polyphenols, along with those from a wide selection of other plants, impart antioxidant benefits to protect skin—especially in combination. A recent patent application explains.

Don’t Get Burned: Link between Melanin-Rich Skin & Sunburn

A recent study shows a correlation between melanin-rich skin and sunburn, raising concern of skin cancer prevention perceptions.

Shrubby St. John's Wort Boosts More than Your Mood

Any ethnobotanist will tell you St. John's Wort is well-known to keep some forms of depression in check. It also may lift your spirits knowing skin can benefit from its berries, as a recent study explains.

Patent Pick: Harvard Innovates with Films and Flakes

Structural coloration based on asymmetric absorption. Translation: surprising optical effects. Harvard inventors are sparkling with vivid excitement; dig deeper into the layers of this new patent application.

Patent Pick: What L'Oréal is Hiding

L'Oréal has a lot to hide—a lot of skin imperfections, that is. In a recent patent application, the company describes a cosmetic that camouflages wrinkles without compromising a natural look and feel.

Lipid Enlightenment: A New Way Forward for Personalized Skin Care

Cosmetic dermatology in some ways replaces and surpasses anti-aging. Many cosmetic and personal care multinationals see it as the next strategic move. And new findings in lipidomics, such as these from the University of Oregon, quickly push the potential forward.

Patent Pick: Liposomes to Deliver Next-gen Cell Regeneration

Perhaps the best way to repair damaged and aged skin is to replace it. Sound impossible? Researchers on a new patent application out of Seoul may have the inside—literally.

Patent Pick: A 'Swell' Sunscreen Stabilizer

Sunscreens are always in the hot seat; whether it's proving they give the claimed SPF, or balancing feel with stability and performance. In this patent, P&G inventors have come up with a "swell" idea: superabsorbent polymers for sunscreens and other skin care applications.

Nano-sized Barrier Repair Buzzing

New research out of Brazil has skin care developers "abuzz" with excitement. Why? Beeswax nanoparticles show potential to improve compromised skin barrier functioning.

Patent Pick: Compact Powders Ready for Impact

Cosmetic powders are pressing contradiction: one benefit can be optimized but at the expense of another. That's where LVMH inventors come in, with a new formula to survive its own impact on the marketplace.

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