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SPF Debate Puts Derms to the Test

Is the word we're spreading about sunscreen efficacy wrong? A new paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association thinks so. It holds that SPF values above 30 do make a difference.

Coptis Launches Toxicology Database

To give users access to toxicity information for more than 2,000 substances, Coptis designed Coptis Tox. Learn more about it during in-cosmetics in April 2017.

Chocolate and Wine: The Perfect Match for Skin?

The International Journal of Molecular Sciences had us at "hello" this month, with a new study comparing the phenolic compounds in chocolate (actually, cocoa by-products) vs. wine (okay, grape seed) extracts for antioxidant and anti-inflammatory skin benefits.

Allergen in German Chamomile Found to Form with Age

In effort to identify allergens in German chamomile, researchers isolated three compounds and tested their potential reactivity. While initially they proved to be weakly reactive, as one compound aged, it became unstable and more reactive.

UPDATED: How Smart Devices are Changing Hair and Skin Care Routines

With products ranging from smart hairbrushes to wearable UV skin patches it is safe to say that technology is slowly but surely shaping the beauty industry.

Skin Barrier Impaired? Two 'TEWLs' to Tell

It has been proposed that topical treatment using linoleic acid can repair defective barrier function in damaged skin. The present article tests this theory and compares the results using two types of TEWL measurements: open and closed chamber.

The Best Sunscreen? The One People Will Use.

This guest advisor commentary comes from regular Cosmetics & Toiletries contributor and photochemistry expert Craig Bonda, president of Inception Partners, LLC, and technical consultant to the sunscreen industry.

Enhanced with Critical Thinking

Butterflies in my stomach, that’s what I’m feeling. Both excited and nervous. Why? In this issue of Cosmetics & Toiletries, we’re trying something different. Our cover story is about safer sun protection but not in a way you’re used to; it's controversial.

Raman Imaging Produces Melanoma 'Snapshot'

Pheomelanin is the red/blond pigment. Its presence has been associated with an elevated risk of melanoma. However, a new technique has been developed to visualize it, which could serve as an early indicator.

Corn-derived Biosurfactant Shows Lower Temp = Higher Hair Adsorption

Want faster hair adsorption? Lower the temperature. As least, that's what one study with a corn-derived biosurfactant, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, showed.

The Perplexing Topic of Hair 'Type': How Do We Classify Hair?

Most hair-related properties and issues can be rationalized by fiber size and shape, and/or the consequences of extreme conditions. However, the varying reactivity of different hair types with chemical treatments suggests potential differences in structure.

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