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Study Suggests Link Between Citrus Consumption and Melanoma Risk

Jul 2, 2015

A recent study suggests a possible link between the consumption of citrus and an increased risk of malignant melanoma.

Destruction and Creation Harmonize at C&T Summit

Jun 30, 2015

“Analysis, synthesis, creation and destruction” was the secret recipe behind keynote speaker Jeffrey Baxter’s guide to unconventional thinking for problem-solving during the Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit.

Sourcing and Using Maca and Suma Roots

Jun 26, 2015Giorgio Dell’Acqua, Ph.D, Dell’Acqua Consulting, Jersey City, NJ USA

In recent years, interest in sourcing plant roots as active ingredients for cosmetic use has grown tremendously. Roots such as maca and suma are rich in secondary metabolites and, as described here, can have specific actions on skin to increase its vitality and response to environmental stresses.

Shea Butter Extract for Bioactive Skin Care

Jun 26, 2015Ann-Charlotte Andersson and Jari Alander, AAK Sweden AB, Karlshamn, Sweden

The anti-inflammatory and protease-inhibiting activity of triterpene esters is reported in the literature and reviewed here. These findings indicate the material’s potential for reducing skin stress induced by environmental factors. In consideration, studies were conducted to assess the various effects of shea butter triterpene esters on skin inflammation, barrier thickness and collagen production.

Olay Breakthrough Identifies Traits of ‘Ageless’ Women

Jun 17, 2015

The Multi-Decade and Ethnicity (MDE) study reveals biological commonalities among a subset of women who look exceptionally younger than their age.

Gold Microparticles Zap Sebaceous Follicles

Jun 15, 2015

Nano shells enable selective photothermolysis to help treat acne.

Sun Protection and Early Detection

Jun 12, 2015

According to the 2014 American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Survey on Dermatologic Procedures, ASDS members performed an estimated 3.08 million skin cancer treatments last year.

Wearables: A Beautiful Future

Jun 10, 2015

New technology opens the door to self-diagnosis of skin issues.

Patent Picks—Edelweiss to Stop Graying, Mineral Anti-dandruff, Hold + Conditioning and More in Hair Care

Jun 4, 2015Cosmetics & Toiletries editors

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features inventions related to hair care and styling, including edelweiss to stop hair graying and even restore hair color; minerals to address dandruff; phenolic compound blends for hair shine and protection; block polymers to increase foam in hair products; inventions that combine hair styling and care; and more.

Child Subjects Proposed for AD Treatment Trials

Jun 4, 2015

Treatment options for atopic dermatitis (AD) are expanding and dermatologists anticipate new therapies to help both children and adults.

Reuters: Innovation Lagging, but Patents Are Up

Jun 1, 2015

Thomson Reuters found the global pace of innovation slowed to its lowest level since the global recession in 2009, but despite this slowed pace, the worldwide patent volume reached a record high.

Shaving and its Effects on Percutaneous Absorption in the Skin*

Jun 1, 2015Muhammad Hamza, University of California, San Francisco, and Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan; and Howard I. Maibach, M.D., University of California, San Francisco

Despite its being an area of concern for many years, the percutaneous absorption of cosmetics has not been rigorously studied. Additionally, the effects of shaving on this process are relatively unknown. An overview of recent research reveals that more research in this area is required.

A Review of Novel Cleansing and Conditioning Systems

Jun 1, 2015Melissa Tolla, Ph.D., Tolla Consultants, Naperville, IL, USA

Cleansing and conditioning are basic steps in a typical hair care routine, and efforts are continually under way to develop novel and improved systems for such functions—especially considering various consumer lifestyles and hair types. This brief review highlights a few recent advances in trending hair cleansing and conditioning systems.

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.

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