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Phenoxyethanol as a Safe and Important Preservative in Personal Care

Apr 23, 2014John Krowka, PhD, and Linda Loretz, PhD, Personal Care Products Council; Karolina Brzuska and Jose Filipe Almeida, PhD, Cosmetics Europe; Megan Diehl and Stanley J. Gonsior, The Dow Chemical Company; Andress Johnson, PhD, and Stephané Sellam, Thor Specialties; and Steffen Bade, PhD, and Samantha Champ, BASF

The effective preservation of personal care products and cosmetics is vitally important to inhibit microbial growth. Phenoxyethanol has a long history as an effective preservative, with well-documented human and environmental safety profiles. This is a valuable option in formulators’ and microbiologists’ toolboxes for safe and effective control of microbial growth, as is reviewed here.

Patent Picks: Soft Hair Hold, Barrier Function and More

Apr 21, 2014Cosmetics & Toiletries editors

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features the latest inventions related to an array of topics, ranging from soft hold in hair and barrier function in skin, to methods for quantifying hairs, devices for body contouring, processes to produce melanin, improving nail polish films, and more.

Shiseido to Open Center for Hair Regeneration Research

Apr 20, 2014

The Shiseido Cell-Processing and Expansion Center (SPEC) is set to open on May 1, 2014, and will centralize the research and development of regenerative hair treatments.

New Findings for Anti-aging in Hair and Scalp

Apr 16, 2014

Anti-aging hair care products address concerns such as thinning, coloring, breakage and drying. At the Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit, an entire hair research track will feature speakers Popescu, Davis, Kazin and Westgate on new biological and chemical considerations for this growing market.

Columbia Researchers Uncover Touch Sensory Mechanisms

Apr 15, 2014

A study published in Nature highlights how a team of Columbia University Medical Center researchers have uncovered the mechanisms behind touch; i.e., how humans feel details and textures.

Researchers Identify Pathway to Regulate Telomeres

Apr 7, 2014Cosmetics & Toiletries editors

Cancer researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, have identified a mechanism involved in the lengthening of telomeres; cosmetic researchers often look to this field for novel answers to skin aging.

Patent Picks—Nude-toned UV Absorption; On-demand Protection; Tight Junction Function; and After-sun Repair

Mar 31, 2014Cosmetics & Toiletries editors

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources and cover recent patents issued, or applied for, in the cosmetic and personal care industries and relevant peripheral markets. This edition features the latest inventions related to sun protection and after-sun repair.

Penn State Develops 3D Model Linking Facial Features to DNA

Mar 25, 2014Cosmetics & Toiletries editors

Researchers at Penn State have developed a three-dimensional model that illustrates connections between the shape of the human face and DNA.

Carotenoids for Dietary Photoprotection

Mar 20, 2014Maxwell Xiong, The Waterford School, Sandy, UT, USA; Howard I. Maibach, MD, University of California at San Francisco, CA, USA

Sun exposure leads to the production of free radicals in skin and to damage to elastin and collagen, resulting in premature aging. Studies of consuming carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables have shown lower incidences of skin pathology. Carotenoids are among the most efficient natural scavengers of free radicals and may be used as oral sun protection, as is discussed here.

Patent Picks—Quantifying Hair/Eyelashes, Reinforcing Barrier, Silicone Nail Films and More

Mar 19, 2014Cosmetics & Toiletries editors

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources and cover recent patents issued, or applied for, in the cosmetic and personal care industries and relevant peripheral markets. This edition features the latest inventions related to an array of topics; ranging from soft hold in hair and barrier function in skin, to methods for quantifying hairs and improving nail polish films.

Microbe Interactions and Skin at C&T Summit

Mar 18, 2014

The skin harbors populations of non-pathogenic, commensal microorganisms, which have important functions in skin health and disease. Elucidating these relationships will provide a foundation for approaches to strengthen and enhance the skin barrier in health and disease.

New Advances for Transdermal Delivery at C&T Summit

Mar 5, 2014

New technologies have been designed to carry drugs and natural molecules in a targeted manner across the skin into the dermis, and Joseph Gabriele, PhD, of McMaster University and Delivra Inc., has been at the forefront of this research. He will present his work at the Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit.

Patent Picks—Transformed Bacteria; Anti-biofilm; Modulating Bacteria Response and More in Probiotics

Mar 5, 2014Cosmetics & Toiletries editors

Patent Picks are taken from publicly available sources and cover recent patents issued, or applied for, in the cosmetics, personal care and relevant peripheral markets. This edition features inventions related to probiotics and skin health.

Skin Aging Characteristics of Russian Women

Feb 24, 2014Eve Merinville; Gemma Z. Grennan; Vlad Golounin; Johanna M. Gillbro, PhD; Jacques Mathieu; and Alain Mavon, PhD, Oriflame

There appear to be no published studies on facial aging in Russian women, despite clear interest from the industry in this market. In order to formulate products, it is necessary to understand the end consumer. This article therefore explores a recent study of 203 Russian women and describes their aging specificities versus other, more studied Caucasian populations.

Hypersensitive Skin: Classification and Potential Risk from Cosmetic Formulations

Feb 21, 2014Nava Dayan, PhD, Nava Dayan LLC

Considering the potential for reactions between cosmetics and hypersensitive skin, the present article will focus on this skin type; first by outlining mechanisms of type I and IV hypersensitization, then by focusing on type I immunogenic vs. non-immunogenic urticaria. Potential urticariogens in cosmetics are considered, and suggestions for future direction are given.

Under-eye Elasticity Through Film-forming with Betty Yu, PhD

Feb 21, 2014Katie Anderson, Cosmetics & Toiletries

Betty Yu, PhD, and her team at Living Proof have entered the skin care market with a flowable silicone polymer technology that cross-links upon activation to form a breathable, invisible film designed to contour and tighten the eye area, reducing the appearance of under-eye bags.

Armoring Enamel: New Paradigms for Combating Dental Decay

Feb 21, 2014Steven Isaacman, PhD, and Michael Isaacman, PhD, Nanometics LLC; and Kent Kirshenbaum, PhD, and Peter Smith, New York University

To protect enamel, new mechanisms in classic oral care continue to be uncovered, while modern advances mimic and enhance natural protective systems. New approaches to enamel repair include augmenting natural remineralization by creating reservoirs of ions and applying saliva biomimetics. Such technologies, described here, represent significant advances for repairing and protecting teeth noninvasively.

Patent Picks—Restoring Skin Fluorescence, Red-glowing Cosmetics, Reversing Hair Graying and More in Color

Feb 19, 2014

Patent Picks are taken from publicly available sources and cover recent patents issued, or applied for, in the cosmetic and personal care industries and relevant peripheral markets. This edition features inventions related to color for skin and hair applications, as well as to measuring color.

New Findings and the Impact of Infant Skin Microbiota on Product Development

Feb 14, 2014Georgios N. Stamatas, PhD; and Kimberly Capone, PhD, Johnson & Johnson

Recent studies demonstrate that the skin microbiome of infants actively changes during the first year of life, along with evolutions in skin structure, biochemical composition and function. These dynamics in the development of a healthy skin microbiome must be taken into consideration when designing products for baby skin care.

C&T Summit Explores Proteomics to Examine Hair Damage

Feb 10, 2014

Damage to the hair shaft can lead to the breakdown of proteins from the hair, which can provide an early diagnostic for damage before it is manifested at the macro-structural level. Mike Davis will explore this approach during the Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit this June.

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