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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.

Kao's Sprayable Skin Offers Next-gen Cosmetic Innovation

The lightweight, ultra-thin membrane is formed by directly spraying it onto the skin. It could be leveraged in makeup for evenness of coverage, or in therapeutic skin care applications.

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.

[update] Kao Stirs Up Pleasure Centers for Beauty Benefits; Ingredient Suppliers Respond

"The pleasure is all yours" seems to be the cosmetic industry's latest message to consumers. Recent work from Kao Corp. and others, including ingredient suppliers, demonstrates.

Patent Pick: Orchid Extract Maintains ECM Integrity

Orchids have sprouted up among the latest craze for indigenous ingredients—first in medicine, and now, apparently, in cosmetics. A new LVMH patent explains.

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