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MIT Mixes Emulsions That Stick

As the cliché goes, oil and water do not mix. Research in Nature Communications may have found a way around this, forming emulsions from the bottom up using condensation and cooled oil.

Into the Blue: Novel Test Reveals Blue Light Damage, Protection Strategies

The negative effects of visible or blue light on skin are not fully understood. This article describes a model to test for potential damage and screen for compounds to suppress it. Results confirm blue light induces cutaneous damage, and a 3-D strategy of UV filters, vitamins and plant extracts suppresses it.

Industry Insight: CAS9 and CRISPR Technology, Implications for Cosmetics?

In this excerpt, adapted from our podcast, Stanley Qi, Ph.D., explains what the CRISPR gene editing technology is and its potential benefit to cosmetics.

[podcast] Author Commentary: Epigenetics in Cosmetics, with Paul Lawrence, Ph.D.

Today, Cosmetics & Toiletries has a special treat for you. Paul Lawrence, Ph.D., co-author on a new three-part article series, shares insights on the potential for epigenetics in cosmetics—not coincidentally, the topic of the series. Listen now!

Micropatterning Plus High Content Assay for Skin Research, Explained in Brief

What can high content screening, combined with micropatterning, tell researchers about the efficacy of a cosmetic active? Better yet, what are these techniques? Here, Luc Selig, Ph.D., CEO of CYTOO, explains.

Editor's Note: Discontinuity and Your Inner Innovator

One innovative mash-up has been capturing consumer dollars: multifunctional color cosmetics. Whether fortified with SPF or moisturizing properties, makeup with added benefits is driving color sales. In relation, this month, we've created our own color and sun mash-up.

[podcast] Cosmetic Influencer Insight

Epigenetics, the microbiome, wearables and Big Data vs. back-to-nature: How do these influencers impact cosmetics? Learn from award-winning young scientist Franziska Wandrey, Ph.D., of Mibelle Biochemistry in this exclusive podcast.

Solution Evolution: CER as a Universal Surfactant Balance Descriptor

There exists a need for a universal means to characterize surfactant behavior and miscibility. Presented here is the cohesive energy ratio (CER), which meets this need and serves as a tool to select surfactants for emulsifying any two immiscible liquids.

Innovation vs. Research: Revolutionizing Product Development

Where does innovation come from? How does an industry looking to perfect existing products find time to create completely original ones? Cosmetics & Toiletries spoke with Giovanni Pantini, of Studio 24 in Milan, about the difference between research and innovation and how each affects companies that aim to impact the market.

Preserving Microbiome Harmony: Antimicrobial Peptides Balance Skin Health

As an alternative, antimicrobial peptides were explored for their effects on the skin's microbial species using 16S rRNA and a novel comparative approach. In personal care, indiscriminate microbial destruction by traditional preservatives can unintentionally alter the thriving ecosystem that is the skin's microbiome.

Natural Folate in Human Skin: A New Approach to UV Damage Protection

Diminished folate levels impact the rate of DNA damage, thus this article explores how reinforcing skin folates prior to UV exposure could protect against DNA damage. The predominant natural folate in skin, 5-MTHF, is intrinsically stable under UV, but can degrade if photosensitizers are present. Sub-micromolar 5-MTHF protects DNA against oxidation, and ascorbate levels in skin help maintain this folate.

Dermal-epidermal Separation, Part III: Heat and Mechanical Methods

Readers previously expressed interest in understanding the most efficient and reliable methods to separate the epidermis and dermis for basic skin investigation. This third and final part in this dermatological series focuses on heat and mechanical techniques.

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