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Champions of Cosmetic Science Celebrated at IFSCC 2018

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The IFSCC Closing Gala featured a private Oktoberfest.

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    Attendees to the IFSCC Closing Gala were ushered to a private Oktoberfest by horse-drawn buggies.
    Attendees to the IFSCC Closing Gala were ushered to a private Oktoberfest by horse-drawn buggies.
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    Excitedly, we boarded our horse-drawn buggy for the IFSCC Closing Gala.
    Excitedly, we boarded our horse-drawn buggy for the IFSCC Closing Gala.
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    IFSCC 2018 attendees were treated to a private Oktoberfest during the Closing Gala.
    IFSCC 2018 attendees were treated to a private Oktoberfest during the Closing Gala.
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    IFSCC 2018 attendees were treated to a private Oktoberfest during the Closing Gala.
    IFSCC 2018 attendees were treated to a private Oktoberfest during the Closing Gala.
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    Amy Wyatt, past president, receives the IFSCC's official thanks and recognition from Juergen Lademann, incoming president
    Amy Wyatt, past president, receives the IFSCC's official thanks and recognition from Juergen Lademann, incoming president
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    Tomonobu (center) received the Basic Research Award from Hartmut Schmidt-Lewerkühne (left) and Frederic Leroy (right)
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    Attendees to the IFSCC Closing Gala received a traditional Oktoberfest cookie as a special thanks.
    Attendees to the IFSCC Closing Gala received a traditional Oktoberfest cookie as a special thanks.
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    Pretzels, mounted on antlers, no less, served as both decor and snack during the IFSCC closing gala.
    Pretzels, mounted on antlers, no less, served as both decor and snack during the IFSCC closing gala.
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    Juergen Lademann (left), incoming IFSCC president, received the society banner and official presidential gavel from Peter Kang (right), immediate past president
    Juergen Lademann (left), incoming IFSCC president, received the society banner and official presidential gavel from Peter Kang (right), immediate past president
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    Keiko Nagami received the Best Poster Award from members of the DGK and Frederic Leroy
    Keiko Nagami received the Best Poster Award from members of the DGK and Frederic Leroy
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    Emanuele Piras, of the Italian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SICC), invited attendees to return in 2019 to the IFSCC, to be held in Milan.
    Emanuele Piras, of the Italian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SICC), invited attendees to return in 2019 to the IFSCC, to be held in Milan.
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    Yoshikuni Yamamoto invited IFSCC attendees to plan for the 2020 congress, to be held in Yokohama, Japan.
    Yoshikuni Yamamoto invited IFSCC attendees to plan for the 2020 congress, to be held in Yokohama, Japan.
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    Gala attendees were entertained by traditional German polka music.
    Gala attendees were entertained by traditional German polka music.
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    Nelly Dubrulle, of DNA Gensee, accepted the 2018 IFSCC Henry Maso Award.
    Nelly Dubrulle, of DNA Gensee, accepted the 2018 IFSCC Henry Maso Award.
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    Mandeep Dutta Joshi (left) won the 2018 Rainer Voegeli Travel Grant, presented by Voegeli himself (center) and Philippe Auderset, past IFSCC president
    Mandeep Dutta Joshi (left) won the 2018 Rainer Voegeli Travel Grant, presented by Voegeli himself (center) and Philippe Auderset, past IFSCC president
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    Alexandra Lan (center) accepted the DGK's (German SCC's) 2018 Innovation Golden Award from Hartmut Schmidt-Lewerkühne (left) and Robert Fischer (right), also of the DGK and SÖFW
    Alexandra Lan (center) accepted the DGK's (German SCC's) 2018 Innovation Golden Award from Hartmut Schmidt-Lewerkühne (left) and Robert Fischer (right), also of the DGK and SÖaut;FW
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    The Lester Conrad Award was accepted by Manuel Li, president of the Asociación Peruana de Química Cosmética.
    The Lester Conrad Award was accepted by Manuel Li, president of the Asociación Peruana de Química Cosmética.
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    Games, prizes, beer, roasted pig and an Oktoberfest-themed photo shoot topped off the closing celebratory atmosphere.
    Games, prizes, beer, roasted pig and an Oktoberfest-themed photo shoot topped off the closing celebratory atmosphere.

Horse-drawn buggies ushered IFSCC 2018 attendees to a private Oktoberfest celebration, closing out this year's congress. In addition to the changing of the guard, from Peter Kang to Juergen Lademann, and heartfelt thanks to past presidents and supporting officers and members, the evening gala celebrated special achievements in cosmetic science.

3D Visualization of Skin Structures

Ezure Tomonobu, of Shiseido, accepted the Basic Research Award for his group's work demonstrating a 3D technique to visualize the internal structural components of skin. It works by combining scanning electron microscopy with a whole-skin, electron-conductive treatment. The resulting 3D image, designated “Digital-3D Skin,” is then color-coded via artificial intelligence software to make the skin components easily comparable throughout treatments of interest.

"I think this system should be freely shared amongst cosmetic researchers worldwide," Tomonobu added during his podium presentation.

Using this technique, the Shiseido team identified the skin fibroblast network as a critical anti-aging target, in contrast to conventional anti-aging treatments targeting cells and cell-induced damage. The group showed how reconstructing a damaged network can improve an aged appearance.

Stopping Sweat at the Source

Torsten Ertongur-Fauth (not pictured), of BRAIN AG, received the Applied Research Award for his work on bioactive antiperspirants for cosmetic applications. His group developed a concept for sweat reduction based on directly targeting primary fluid secretion in human sweat glands.

The researchers uncovered a previously unidentified key player in human sweat glands: the ion channel TMEM16A, also known as ANO1. They then generated a cell-based assay to emulate it. The assay was combined with select compound libraries, and via high-throughput screening campaigns, small-molecule modulators of TMEM16A were identified. Various safety and efficacy tests are currently being performed on their sweat-reduction efficacy in vivo.

Predicting Hair's Future Condition

Keiko Nagami, of Milbon Co., received the Best Poster Award for an approach to predict the future of an individual's hair's condition. Her group made a comprehensive study of the hair and scalps of 2,461 Japanese females, ranging in age from 20s-70s. Properties including sebum and moisture content were measured, and image analyses were made of their scalps.

In addition, an expert panel evaluated 20 hair characteristics including elasticity, smoothness and shine. A correlation was found between the microscope-based scalp images and the evaluation results. Key findings included:

  1. Yellowing of the scalp is associated with the progression of age-induced changes;
  2. An increase in redness of the scalp is associated with accelerated graying; and
  3. The total area of dark hair decreases with age, which could provide a metric for predicting hair loss, thinning and graying.

Based on these measures, a tool was created to calculate hair age and predict future changes in its qualities.

Cooling UV Protection for Asian Skin

Finally, Alexandra Lan, of Shanghai PECHOIN Daily Chemical Corp., accepted the DGK's (German SCC's) 2018 Innovation Golden Award for an innovative cooling sunscreen to protect Asian skin in the visible and near-infrared spectrum. This approach to skin protection was taken since it is know that damage is caused not only by UV-induced erythema, but also by increased amounts of free radicals formed by solar radiation in both the visible and infrared regions of the spectrum.

According to the company, this is the first sunscreen developed especially for Fitzpatrick types III–VI. The formulation includes a balanced selection of titanium dioxide pigments, highly efficient antioxidants from traditional Chinese medicine and coolants. Taken together, these ingredients reduce the concentration of free radicals in darker skin types, i.e., Asian and colored skin.

Advancing Cosmetic Science 

Also during the closing IFSCC gala, Nelly Dubrulle, of DNA Genesee, accepted the 2018 Henry Maso award; her recognition was previously announced in 2017. Dubrulle won for her paper submission, "DNA Metabarcoding as a Tool to Trace Plants of Interest in Ingredients or Cosmetics."

Mandeep Dutta Joshi, previously of the Nepal Medical College Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, and now of the Far Western Community Hospital in Attariya, won the 2018 Rainer Voegeli Travel Grant, which funded his expenses to attend this year's IFSCC Congress.

Finally, the Lester Conrad Award was accepted by Manuel Li, president of the Asociación Peruana de Química Cosmética, based in Lima, Peru. The society won the award in 2017, which supports proving eligible societies with local education to advance cosmetic science in the region.

 

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