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[podcast] The Sound and Scent of Efficacy

"While the consumer will think of ... feeling the softness of hair or smoothness of skin, our research has shown that none of our experiences is just unisensory. ...If we know that perception is multisensory, we start thinking about the role [of other senses]." Learn more from Charles Spence, Ph.D., in this seven-part podcast series, sponsored by Berjé.

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TrAP Molecules Drive Natural Healing Proteins

A novel biomaterial developed by researchers at Imperial College London interacts with wound healing and tissue repair as it evolves.

Concerning Ingredients: Contact Dermatitis and Cosmetics, Part II

This second in a two-part series looks at specific ingredients of concern due to reported adverse effects—although not necessarily from typical cosmetic exposure routes or levels. The aim is to identify public concerns in order to inform product developers and improve user experiences.

Over the Top: Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors for Restorative Epigenetic Skin Care

The skin care industry has begun to explore epigenetics to ameliorate skin conditions. Within this field, histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACis) are of interest thanks to their potent anti-inflammatory and other anti-aging effects. This article reviews their activity and utility.

[podcast] Author Commentary: Paolo Giacomoni, Ph.D., on Visible Light

Blue light has both good and bad effects on skin. Learn more about them in this author commentary with Paolo Giacomoni, Ph.D., who recently wrote a Cosmetics & Toiletries feature on this subject.

The Dark Side of Visible Light—Oxidative Damage, Aging and More: A Discussion

Upon its arrival to the earth's surface, what happens to the energy in visible light? How does it interact with human skin? This brief commentary first considers the makeup and behavior of visible light, then relevant concerns for its effects in skin.

Firing Up the Cannabinoid Cosmetics Debate at SCC Annual

Cannabinoids have fired up great interest (and to some extent, alarm) from the cosmetics industry, both for their broad potential but also their regulatory status. During the recent SCC Annual Meeting, a few presenters shared what the science says about these potent actives.

Comparatively Speaking: Pathways to Rancidity (and How to Avoid Them)

Rancidification is a type of oxidative degradation that occurs more commonly in oils, including hydrocarbons and other organics. Here, Tony O'Lenick explores this process and provides solutions to prevent it.

Shiseido Uncovers Heroes and Villains in Skin Aging

Various forces are at work within skin that can defend against or propogate signs of aging. Shiseido highlighted findings in this area from a joint research project, along with the capability of an iris extract to influence these dynamics.

[video] Farm to Face: Environmental Bacteria Boost Skin's Barrier

Women who interact with farm- and plant-associated bacteria have better skin. At least, that's what research from POLA suggests. Kaoru Kasahara explains in this video interview.

[podcast] Sustainable Isn't Enough: How Beauty Brands Can Be Authentic

What's missing from the sustainability story? The "people piece," at least according to Giorgio Dell'Acqua, Ph.D. The problem is the industry needs a credible metric to measure its social impact. Hear more in this podcast.

Patent Pick: The Hottest Move in Anti-aging

Shiseido is adding a new element to the anti-aging category: heat. In a recent patent, the company describe entities whose aromas may be inhaled to increase skin temperature, thus recirculating blood and youth into tired skin.

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