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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.
Nov 20, 2014
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.
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.
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.
Aug 14, 2014
A recent report by The Scientist describes how nano-sized "vaults" are making their way into biomedicine, which calls to mind questions of their potential for personal care applications.
Apr 25, 2014
Researchers at MIT have developed an algorithm for the “feature tuning” of digital images, specifically faces, for improved memorability and other qualities. While the technology is implicated for effects in social media, it also suggests new considerations for digital imaging in cosmetic product development.
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.
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.
Aug 1, 2013
Following is a sampling of recent scientific literature as assembled by Rachel Grabenhofer, editor of Cosmetics & Toiletries, which was found to have potential impact on personal care.
Dec 1, 2012
This article presents skin optics and strategies to design cosmetics that more closely match normal human skin. Topics covered include the spectral reflectance of hemoglobin chromophores, spatial variations and color texture, and optical scattering and translucence. In addition, interference coatings are considered, as are examples of the interplay between home-use devices and agents that affect aging skin.
Oct 1, 2011
Watermark Ink (W-Ink) utilizes chemical and optical properties of nanostructured materials to distinguish liquids based on surface tension. The nanostructured material is called an inverse opal, which is a layered glass structure with an internal network of ordered, interconnected air pores.
Dec 1, 2009
Research on perfluorocarbons (PFCs) began before World War II but it was the 1942 Manhattan Project in the United States to develop the atomic bomb that led to methods of producing PFCs other than reacting fluorine with hydrocarbon. As a result, PFCs have been adapted for a number of industries including traumatic brain injury, sickle cell crisis pain, trauma, wound care, decompression sickness, acute respiratory distress syndrome, stroke, myocardial infarction, surgery, diabetes and cosmetics.
Nov 1, 2009
Teeth whiteners are available as OTC strips and gels, but consumers seeking more immediate and dramatic effects often visit the dentist for an in-office procedure or take-home solution. In any case, many of these treatments increase tooth sensitivity and damage the gums, according to Raymond Frye, DMD, a cosmetic dentist and owner of Bling Dental. Therefore, he developed a whitening solution based on a combination of carbamide peroxide with a desensitizer.
Oct 1, 2009
Cosmetic acupuncture is said to address skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, dryness, sagging and wrinkles. However, only in recent years has the practice become popular worldwide.
Sep 1, 2009
Mirroring cosmetic chemists’ work, the garment industry has approached the same battle with textiles that constrict “troubled areas,” such as the buttocks and thighs, to make them appear smaller. Only recently, however, did the cosmetics and garment industries join forces to target cellulite on both fronts—enter Lytess, a France-based shape-wear company.
Jun 1, 2009
Researchers have sourced fragrance ingredients that could provide a natural alternative to N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET), one of the most frequently used actives in insect repellents.
Apr 1, 2009
Psychodermatology is the study of how the mind and body interact in relation to the onset and progression of various skin disorders. It also examines psychoneuroimmunology (PNI)—the way one’s mental state affects the immune system and hormones, in turn affecting the skin.
Feb 1, 2009
Although some debate exists regarding the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMO), there is no doubt that genetic modification has allowed a number of industries to design crops and other resources with new features or added benefits.
Jan 1, 2009
Men seeking treatment for pattern baldness, a form of androgenic alopecia, often are confronted with both topical preparations and oral supplements. Murphy believes his company’s oral food supplement addresses hair loss both naturally and effectively-via fish.
Oct 1, 2008
A possible solution to the preservative-free cosmetic formulation conundrum may lie in the milk pasteurization process. Ultra-high-temperature (UHT) sterilization is the process of heating milk or cream to temperatures exceeding 275°F.