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Aug 25, 2014
There is general agreement on elastin’s role in skin health, aging and appearance, but no method has yet elucidated how it degrades with aging when challenged by sun exposure or other means. This paper reviews two inconsistent theories in the literature, degradation and buildup, and highlights potential methods to marry the two. It also suggests proteomics as a method for further investigation.
Aug 25, 2014
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.
Jul 1, 2014
A number of consumers can be classified as having difficult-to-treat skin types, being both dry and oily and prone to periodical inflammation in specific areas. New active ingredients derived from nature provide gentle yet efficacious solutions to address these needs. These skin types and solutions are addressed herein.
Jun 4, 2014
According to a study by Stanford University School of Medicine, a molecule crucial to stem cell functioning plays a major role in controlling human hair color.
May 20, 2014
This survey of recent literature relates to assessing hair damage, reducing dye allergy, increasing and inhibiting hair growth, cleansing and conditioning hair, and more. The papers are presented as food for thought in the early stages of the product development process, and may warrant deeper investigation.
May 14, 2014
According to new research from Pennsylvania State University, a variant of the Klotho gene, which relates to lifespan, has been connected with improved cognitive functioning. This pathway has been the focus of recent anti-aging research for cosmetics.
May 1, 2014
Fatty acid bile acid conjugates (FABACs) have been found to affect skin by enhancing ATP-binding cassette (ABCA1) cholesterol transporter and competitively inhibiting stearoyl-CoA desaturase (SCD1) enzyme. Based on the mechanisms involved, detailed here, the authors developed a new FABAC and tested it in vitro. Results suggest its potential as an anti-aging and anti-acne active.
May 1, 2014
Techniques developed in the field of molecular biology are currently being used to screen cosmeceutical ingredients for skin and hair care applications. New findings are published on a daily basis, providing insight with respect to future innovations for skin and hair health and appearance. Several relevant developments are reviewed here.
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.
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.
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.
Apr 7, 2014
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.
Mar 20, 2014
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.
Feb 21, 2014
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.
Feb 14, 2014
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.
Jan 24, 2014
The continued use of hair bleaches and dyes to combat the onset of gray hair creates a greater demand for hair products that deliver the desired effect while facilitating repair. Molecular biology promises new strategies in combating the aging process of hair cells, with the paradigm shift toward understanding the living component of the hair follicle.