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Exploring Solutions Through Asymmetrical Thinking

Nov 26, 2014

Cosmetics have inspired innovations in hair care, and this market is looking to more categories for new ideas. In relation, national security expert Jeffrey Baxter believes the ability to improvise in your thinking is essential to finding answers—a topic he will address during the C&T Summit in June 2015.

Exploring Parallels Between String Theory and Cosmetic Science

Nov 20, 2014Rachel Grabenhofer, Cosmetics & Toiletries

Professor Brian Greene, world-renown physicist and string theorist at Columbia University, admits there’s no concrete connection between string theory and cosmetic science, and that we shouldn’t try to make one. However, the following discussion aims to exercise readers’ minds in hopes of revealing parallels between the two.

Olay Conducts Clinical Trial On Pollution's Skin Impact

Nov 19, 2014

Pollution is bad news for the skin regardless of lifestyle choices, according to a study by Olay scientists and Beijing's General Hospital of the Air Force. The two collaborated to study environmental factors and skin in a city well known for its poor air quality.

Hair Control Shaping New Markets

Nov 18, 2014

According to research from Diagonal Reports, hair straightening has stirred up today's beauty marketplace. Further, demand for hair control is growing exponentially. In response, Peter Landa of TRI-K will revisit the "knowns" and consider the "unknowns" of hair structure and control technologies during the 2015 Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit.

Patent Picks—Prolonging Fragrance, Epilation Wax, Films, Thickening, Self-tanning and More in Body Care

Nov 11, 2014

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features recent inventions related to fragrance, films, botanicals, thickeners, self-tanning, epilation wax application, cosmetic liquid dispensing and more for body care.

IFSCC 2014 Explores Social, Psychological and Sensorial Aspects of Beauty

Nov 6, 2014

As one might expect from an event centered around beauty and staged in Paris, the 28th Congress of the International Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC) was nothing less than fabulous. However, the glamour and fanfare was deeply rooted in science.

Environmentally Benign Antimicrobials with Improved Efficacy

Oct 29, 2014

Lignin and cellulose-based nanoparticles are environmentally benign and can deliver higher efficiency, in terms of active agent employed. The application of these nanoparticles for preservation and a novel approach to fabricate them will be the focus of the presentation by Alexander Richter at the Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit in June 2015.

Researchers Find Fat Burning Action in Adenosine

Oct 28, 2014

Researchers from the University Hospital Bonn have reported that adenosine may stimulate brown fat to burn off undesirable white fat cells.

Patent Picks—Venus Flytrap, Cross-linked Silk, Wax Plant and More for Anti-aging and Skin Repair

Oct 27, 2014

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features recent inventions related to lifting, antioxidants, delivery, collagen production, density and more for anti-aging and skin repair.

Pseudo-proteins to Engineer Skin Repair and (potentially) Soften Hair

Oct 22, 2014

Pseudo-proteins engineered for the biomedical field hold potential for both skin and hair care repair. In skin, they accelerate the repair of tissues. In hair, they hold potential for improved softening. C.C. Chu, PhD, their inventor, will present this technology at the Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit, to be held June 22 and 23, 2015, in Philadelphia.

Translating Sensation to (and from) Personal Care

Oct 15, 2014

Converging multiple sensory experiences in one personal care product can differentiate it from others on the shelf. Translating sensations to (and from) personal care will therefore be addressed by sensory expert John Hayes, PhD, at the June 22 and 23, 2015, Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit in Philadelphia.

Patent Picks—Modified Collagen, Cyclodextrin UV/IR Protection, Fatty Acid Anti-inflammation and More for Skin Care

Oct 14, 2014

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features recent inventions related to hydration and thickness, anti-inflammation, UV and infrared protection, controlled release, preservation, wetness protection and more for skin care.

Assessing Beauty By Facial Topography, Color and Symmetry

Oct 1, 2014

The notion of “aging gracefully” no longer applies, as consumers are constantly judging each other’s facial features to assess their beauty. Here, based on recent studies, it is suggested that facial topography, symmetry and color dictate those assessments. While the cosmetics industry can lessen some of these factors, some are a result of biology or lifestyle.

Patent Picks—Improving Soft Focus, Reducing Sensitivity, Tightening, Penetrating and More for Skin Care

Sep 30, 2014

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features recent inventions related to color cosmetics, actives, immune response, foams, skin-tightening, delivery and more for skin care.

Problems with Skin Protectants Part I: A Discussion

Sep 25, 2014Giovanni Pantini, PhD, Studio 24, Milan, Italy

Problems with skin protectants include unsatisfactory performance, poor prospects for improvement, and the lack of methods for evaluation. Such problems are introduced here, while insights in the area of perfluoropolyethers and concepts to push skin protectants to new efficacies will be discussed in follow-up articles.

Practical Foam Science

Sep 23, 2014Steven Abbott, PhD, Steven Abbott TCNF Ltd., Ipswich, and University of Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

Foam science can be confusing, so the temptation is to formulate by trial and error. However, understanding the science behind key aspects of foam—i.e., elasticity, DLVO Theory stability, Ostwald ripening, draining and antifoams—and applying this will fast-track foam development. These concepts are detailed here.

Patent Picks—Nanoparticle Anti-acne, Elastin Digest, Thermo-regulated Cosmetics, Rebaudioside A and More in Skin Care

Sep 19, 2014

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features recent inventions related to repairing, restructuring and other novel effects in skin care.

Topical Delivery of Skin Care Ingredients

Sep 17, 2014Shyam Gupta, PhD, Bioderm Research, Scottsdale, AZ USA

Incorporating performance ingredients in a formula does not guarantee they will penetrate the skin and deliver the claimed benefits. This review presents topical delivery approaches introduced in the past five years to improve the efficacy of benefit ingredients for skin care. Examples include molecular, carrier and Trojan horse delivery. Non-conventional delivery systems also are described.

Patent Picks—Improving Differentiation, Penetration and Optical Benefits in Skin Care, and More

Sep 2, 2014

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features recent inventions related to sensory, repair and formulating strategies for skin care.

An Approach to Develop Cosmetics for Multi-tonal Brazilian Skin

Aug 25, 2014Doraci Aleixo Maciel, Dilene Foggi Bet, Edilson Luiz Rocha, Flavia Bogo Ribas and Valéria Maria Di Mambro, Grupo Boticário; and Érica de Oliveira Monteiro, E.M. Dermatologia

In Brazil, people have many different colored skin tones, and women often struggle to match makeup shades to their skin color. This paper describes an exploratory study of hundreds of volunteers that was conducted to understand Brazilian women's skin color, ultimately to develop a makeup line for this widely diverse market.

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