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Patent Picks—Gloss, Microbe Control, Anti-inflammation, Pigment Wetting, Delivery and More in Color and Skin

May 13, 2015

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This collection features inventions related to color and skin care applications for pigment wetting and dispersion, anti-inflammation, gloss, controlled delivery and microbe inhibition/enhancement.

Making it Personal: The Focus of Multifactorial Skin Care

May 1, 2015Katerina Steventon, FaceWorkshops, LLC

Our skin is often the first thing others notice about us, so its impact on our self-image and esteem is considerable. Accounting for all of the skin’s traits and the causes of them requires a multifactor approach to keep it clear, smooth and supple.

Patent Picks—Polyester UV Filter, Diol Filters and Sensory in Sun; Milk Thistle, Buddha Fruit, Artichoke, Olive, Algae, Narcissus Skin Repair

Apr 22, 2015Cosmetics & Toiletries editors

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features inventions related to sun protection and skin repair, including isononyl benzoate for sensory properties; alpha,beta-dihydroxyketone UV filters; assessing extrinsic skin age; an artichoke/olive antiaging duo; milk thistle and Buddha fruit cleanse/repair combo; algae and Narcissus to stimulate collagen; UV-absorbing polyester and more.

Natural vs. Synthetic Antimicrobials and HDAC as an Indicator of Microflora Health

Apr 20, 2015Maureen Danaher, Durant Scholz, Erica Segura and Meghan Darley, Active Micro Technologies, LLC, Lincolntown, NC USA

This article reviews the role of skin microflora in protecting skin, and assesses how the histone deacetylase (HDAC) enzyme is implicated. From this, HDAC expression is used as an indicator to compare the effects of traditional biocides and preservatives with natural antimicrobials on skin’s microbiome. Results suggest the latter effectively preserve products while maintaining a healthy microbiome.

Silica Nanoparticles for Increased Cosmetic Ingredient Efficacy*

Apr 20, 2015S. Nafisi, PhD and H. I. Maibach, MD, University of California, San Francisco

Nanotechnology is a rapidly expanding area of research for developing science-based solutions for innovative therapeutics. Recently, silica nanoparticles (SNPs) have emerged in cosmetics and dermal preparations, offering revolutionary application by controlling the sustained release of cosmetic ingredients and/or drugs and enhanced skin penetration.

Higher Incidence of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Found in Asian and Hispanic Women

Apr 10, 2015

According to a study presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s 73rd Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Asian and Hispanic women have an increased risk of developing nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC).

Sustainable Ingredient Science: Amazonian Aguaje and Pequi Palm Oils

Apr 1, 2015Giorgio Dell’Acqua, PhD, Dell’Acqua Consulting, Jersey City, NJ USA

The food and nutrition supply chain is often the first entry for “super plants” from the Amazon to the market, but other applications are increasing, especially in personal care and cosmetics. The present article profiles two Amazonian palm oils, aguaje and pequi, in terms of their sustainability, chemistry and application.

Patent Picks—Vibrating Mascara; 'Fracking' Polymers; Thickening Oil Phases; and More 'Rheology' Patents

Mar 18, 2015

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features inventions related to rheology and thickening: from vibrating mascara to improve its viscosity during application, gel networks to thicken oral care, and natural oil polyester thickeners, to a "fracking" rheology modifier, composition to thicken ionic oil phases and more.

Patent Picks—Queen Bee Anti-aging; Modulating Microbes; Astaxanthin Gene Expression and More in Skin Treatments

Mar 2, 2015

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features inventions related to skin treatments, including queen bee venom for anti-aging, a method to modulate the microbiome, plant extraction techniques, astaxanthin for gene expression, double-stranded oligonucleotides for improved delivery, sirtuin modulators, sunscreen photostabilizers and more.

Atopic Dermatitis—Part I: Early Research and Causes

Mar 1, 2015Rosa Marie Andersen, MD; and Howard I. Maibach, MD, University of California at San Francisco University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, USA

This column is the first in a two-part series on atopic dermatitis (AD), a common, chronic inflammatory skin disease. Here, the authors will review early research and delve into causes of AD to support a future column on AD criteria and investigation.

Research Suggests a Need for After-sun Sunscreen

Feb 24, 2015

According to a report from Yale, the damage caused by UV radiation continues hours after the sun exposure occurred. In the described study, melanocytes generated CPDs both immediately and hours after UV exposure had ended. This may suggest the need for “evening-after” sunscreen, designed to block energy-transfer.

Patent Picks—Lipstick Gloss, Probiotics, Anti-acne, Cosmetic Films, Heat Shock Proteins and More for Skin

Feb 18, 2015Cosmetics & Toiletries editors

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features inventions related to cosmetics and skin care, including heat to improve lipstick gloss and probiotics for oily skin, as well as heat shock proteins, FABACs, improved vitamin C derivatives, an anti-acne blend, a skin-smoothing cosmetic film and a photo-initiated filler from the medical field.

Alternative Hair Cleansing

Feb 17, 2015

New approaches to hair cleansing range from dry powders and sprays, to creamy cleansers that skip shampooing altogether. In fact, according to Mintel's NPD Database, an increasing number of consumers favor dry shampoo. Carmen Castillo Bucci, of L'Or<é>al USA, will discuss these new approaches to hair cleansing during the Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit.

Researchers Link Skin Cell Molecule with Immune Response

Feb 11, 2015

Researchers from Melbourne, Monash and Harvard Universities published new findings on how immune cells in the skin sense foreign invaders and react with inflammation or alergic reactions to protect the body.

Patent Picks—Thickening, Microbiome, Low Active/High SPF, Imaging, Anti-acne and More in Skin

Feb 2, 2015

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features inventions related to skin and skin care, including reducing skin thickening, restoring skin balance, imaging skin, improving the skin barrier and reducing acne, characterizing the microbiome, UV protection, increasing skin formula stability and more.

Two Decades of Transfer-resistant Lipstick

Feb 1, 2015Robert Lochhead, PhD, University of Southern Mississippi; and Margaret Lochhead, PhD

It has been two decades since Revlon revolutionized the color cosmetic market by debuting transfer-resistant lipstick. Innovations in transfer resistance and long wear makeup have continued apace, and it certainly appears that advances in this field will continue for the foreseeable future. This article reviews the literature to show the evolution of chemistries and concepts in this prominent market.

Patent Picks—Ice-binding, Illumination, Anti-glycation, Color-change, Probiotics and More in Makeup

Jan 21, 2015

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features inventions that relate to makeup and skin care, including compositions to increase skin radiance, improve product sensory properties, impart probiotic benefits, provide interactive and color-changing abilities, protect skin through ice binding and more.

Modeling the Dynamics of Hair Movement

Jan 16, 2015

The dynamics of hair movement are of particular interest to product developers because they are important to consumers. In relation, computer animation and 3D modeling expert Norman Badler, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss ways to model the dynamics of hair movement during the Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit.

Patent Picks—Autophagy for Skin, Hair Color; Luster Pigment; Depigmenting Compounds and More in Color and Coloration

Jan 7, 2015

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features inventions that relate to color cosmetics and skin coloration, including autophagy to regulate skin and hair color, layered and luster pigments for cosmetics, mineral powder with high dispersion, approaches for depigmenting and evening out skin tone, and more.

ROS Suspected to be Beneficial to Wound Healing

Jan 2, 2015

Free radicals might not be all bad, according to researchers from the University of California, San Diego. Andrew Chishold, PhD, and his fellow researchers found reactive oxygen species (ROS) to be beneficial to wound healing.

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