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Depth Perception: FTIR Reveals Devices Deliver Actives and Hydration Deeper

The deposition, delivery and penetration of actives are key to the success of skin care products and consequential to their efficacy. This paper explores ATR-FTIR imaging to compare the penetration of actives into skin via two application methods and their impact on skin hydration.

How Damaged is Hair? Part One: Surface Damage

This article is the first of two that explores ways of capturing and quantifying the different forms of hair damage. Here, we begin with damage to the hair surface, or cuticle, while also exploring the implications of this occurrence. A second article will focus on damage to the internal cortex structure.

Exposing Ingredient Exposure: It's Better Than We Thought

Cosmetovigilance is at the forefront of the industry's mind and is deeply rooted in testing ingredient safety. In relation, a new paper explores the aggregated exposure of consumers to given ingredients, with interesting results.

Soft-focus for the Selfie-obsessed: Eye Tracking to Improve Color Formula Development

In cosmetics, soft focus refers to the blurring of light to immediately correct the appearance of wrinkles and skin imperfections. This parameter can be affected by the refractive index of the emollients used, as well as formula volatility and the dispersion of fillers. The use of eye tracking, described here, can help the formulator quickly select the best-performing formulas.

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.

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