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A Tale of Tattoos (continued): Black Henna

Aug 27, 2015

Temporary tattoos are all the rage—from rub-on kid party give-aways, to serious airbrush art and at-home kits "made to last." However, one type of temporary tattoo making infamous headlines is "black henna," especially in the eyes of the British Skin Foundation.

Applied Neuroscience to Understand Cosmetic Consumers: Definitions (part I)

Aug 26, 2015Michelle M. Niedziela, Ph.D.†, Erin Carbone†, ‡ and Bill Thau†; † HCD Research, Flemington, NJ and ‡ University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, PA

By measuring the non-conscious consumer response to products, concepts and before/after results, it is possible to make decisions for product development and marketing, as well as develop product claims. These possibilities are discussed in this three-part series, as are two case studies.

Applied Neuroscience to Understand Cosmetic Consumers: Consumer Study (part II)

Aug 26, 2015Michelle M. Niedziela, Ph.D.†, Erin Carbone†, ‡ and Bill Thau†; † HCD Research, Flemington, NJ and ‡ University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, PA

By measuring the non-conscious consumer response to products, concepts and before/after results, it is possible to make decisions for product development and marketing, as well as develop product claims. These possibilities are discussed in this three-part series, as are two case studies.

Applied Neuroscience to Understand Cosmetic Consumers: Product Development (part III)

Aug 26, 2015Michelle M. Niedziela, Ph.D.†, Erin Carbone†, ‡ and Bill Thau†; † HCD Research, Flemington, NJ and ‡ University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, PA

By measuring the non-conscious consumer response to products, concepts and before/after results, it is possible to make decisions for product development and marketing, as well as develop product claims. These possibilities are discussed in this three-part series, as are two case studies.

DSM Discovers Efficacy in ReguScence

Aug 24, 2015

DSM’s new research findings confirmed the efficiency in even skin tone application from the ingredient, ReguScence.

Fraunhofer Develops Method to Identify Titanium Nanoparticles

Aug 20, 2015

The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, in Stuttgart, Germany, recently highlighted the work of scientist Gabriele Beck-Schwadorf and her team, who developed a new method based on mass to identify nanoparticles in media such as sunscreens.

SCCS OKs Skin Brightener Alpha-Arbutin in Cosmetics

Jul 29, 2015

The SCCS is allowing the cosmetic industry to continue using the high-performing and easy-to-formulate active ingredient used to even skin tones.

In Vivo Study Finds Solution to Skin Firming

Jul 20, 2015

To work against sagging and aging, Lipotec performed a new in vivo test on Uplevity peptide.

Lipotec’s Study Offers Cold Weather and Wrinkle Treatment

Jul 16, 2015

The Antarcticine marine ingredient is Lipotec’s latest in vivo study, which proved its efficacy to fight cold weather and wrinkles.

Nitric Oxide Proven Safe to Reduce Acne

Jul 1, 2015

A recent internal study proved nitric oxide is safe to reduce acne when lowering inflammation and killing microorganisms.

Terminalia Chebula for Preventive and Restorative Anti-aging Benefits*

Jun 24, 2015Ratan K. Chaudhuri and Zoia Lascu, Sytheon Ltd., Boonton, NJ USA; Francois Marchio, Sytheon SARL, Boulogne Billancourt, France

This paper examines a tannin-enriched Terminalia chebula extract. Discussed are its mechanisms for preventative and restorative anti-aging effects, and skin pigmentation control. A pilot clinical study further confirms the extract’s bioactivity to reduce wrinkles and pigmentation. Improvements in yellowish skin tones also were observed, likely due to glycation reversal.

Capillary Electrophoresis: ‘Green’ Method to Quantify Cosmetic Components

Jun 22, 2015

In relation, in his Ph.D. thesis, Josu López, researcher, developed and applied three “green” analytical methods to simultaneously analyze and quantify various components used in cosmetics.

Marigold Extract Photoprotection Breakthrough

Jun 11, 2015

Kemin reported new in vitro studies confirm the blue-light-absorbing capacity of its marigold-derived FloraGLO Lutein Topical product.

Hidden Hair Damage and the Importance of Multiple Tests

Jun 1, 2015Crisan Popescu, Ph.D.*, Kao Germany GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany

It is of paramount importance for hair researchers to know the history of hair at the time of applying a treatment. The lack of such knowledge can create misleading results. Thus, a stress-strain test in both dry and wet states can provide a rapid means to check the reliability of the information collected, as is shown here.

Beating the Damaging Effects of Heat on Hair

Jun 1, 2015Trefor A. Evans, Ph.D., T.A Evans Inc., Princeton, NJ

Heat treatments are among the more popular methods for achieving straight hair, yet their high temperatures are quite damaging to the hair’s structures. Learn about the damaging effects and suggested solutions for repairing heat-damaged hair.

EC, EFSA to Examine Endocrine Disruptors

May 29, 2015

The European Commission Directorate General for Health and Food Safety will hold a one-day conference in Brussels on June 1, 2015, to determine the criteria to identify endocrine disruptors and the European Food Safety Authority will participate.

Analytical Techniques for Hyaluronic Acid Formulation

May 15, 2015John Duffy, Ph.D., and Bassem Sabagh, Ph.D., Malvern Instruments, Worcestershire, UK

This article reviews the characteristics and structure of hyaluronic acid (HA), then explores how multi-detector gel permeation/size exclusion chromatography (GPC/SEC) and microrheology techniques can be jointly applied to determine the structure-function relationships that support the successful inclusion of HA in cosmetic formulations. Experimental studies are provided to highlight the value of these techniques.

3D Printed Skin Animal Test Alternative

May 8, 2015

San Diego-based Organovo announced a partnership with cosmetics giant L'Oréal to develop 3D bioprinted skin tissue for the beauty product testing.

Taiwan Proposes Animal Testing Ban for Cosmetics

Apr 28, 2015

Legislator Wang Yu-min and the Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) proposed a bill advocating the #BeCrueltyFree Taiwan campaign, which would ban the animal testing of cosmetics in Taiwan.

Defining and Controlling Frizz

Apr 20, 2015Trefor Evans, PhD, T.A Evans Inc., Princeton, NJ USA

There is likely a variety of causes and contributors to the nebulous consumer term “frizz.” This article attempts to craft a universal definition and then progresses to further examine impacting factors. These discussions focus on methods for quantifying hair properties and assessing the positive impact of commercial hair care products.

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Apply Topically: A Guide to Formulating

Apply Topically: A Guide to Formulating

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Coloring the Cosmetic World

Coloring the Cosmetic World book cover

Finally! A practical resource on cosmetic pigments in one book. Edwin B. Faulkner offers a comprehensive look at what goes into selecting colors for decorative cosmetic products. Order your copy today.