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[podcast] Is Anti-pollution Care Really Relevant in Hair?

Some experts are skeptical over the prospects of anti-pollution care for hair, but not Erik Schulze zur Wiesche, Ph.D., of Henkel. As he describes in this exclusive podcast, the damage is real, measurable—and rectifiable. Listen now!

How Damaged is Hair? Part II, Internal Damage

This article is part II in our series on hair damage. It explains the internal cortex structure of hair is not easily visible, and that various mechanical tests can yield different conclusions. Here, tests are described that can show changes to the internal cortex structure and their impact on hair’s mechanical properties.

The Body Shop Encourages Global Ban on Animal Testing

"The Body Shop passionately believes that no animal should be harmed in the name of cosmetics and that animal testing on products and ingredients is outdated, cruel and unnecessary."

[podcast] EWG vs. the Industry on Cosmetic Ingredient Safety

On the surface, this seems like a story about an activist group stirring up unnecessary fear to target an "unregulated" industry. And a self-regulated industry allegedly putting dollars ahead of safety. But the reality is actually much deeper and philosophical in nature. Listen now!

[NYSCC Suppliers’ Day 2017] Chemyunion Talks Efficacy at the Show

Companies at the show had at least one launch, trend or new technology to talk to attendees about, but Chemyunion came prepared with multiple new ingredients, ranges and test results to chat about.

Reaching a Zen-like State in Skin: Biomimetic Peptide to Balance Sensitivity

Inspired by nature, biomimetic peptides are potent allies in skin care. This paper identifies palmitoyl tripeptide-8 as an effective modulator of neurogenic inflammation and provides clinical evidence of its protective and soothing activities in sensitized skin.

Untouched, 'Primitive' Microbiome Sets the Skin Health Benchmark

As it turns out, on skin, the more "bugs," the better; and cosmetics could be negatively affecting their diversity. New research from the UK compared microbiomes to set a "healthy skin standard," against which the effects of products can be measured, in the future.

Toxicity Testing: Read Between the Lines

Active ingredients aren't thinkers, they're do-ers. But can they do too much? As explored during in-cosmetics 2017, in an industry permeated with astounding product claims, it becomes all the more crucial to test for potential toxic effects and really understand those results.

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.

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