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Solution Evolution: CER as a Universal Surfactant Balance Descriptor

There exists a need for a universal means to characterize surfactant behavior and miscibility. Presented here is the cohesive energy ratio (CER), which meets this need and serves as a tool to select surfactants for emulsifying any two immiscible liquids.

Innovation vs. Research: Revolutionizing Product Development

Where does innovation come from? How does an industry looking to perfect existing products find time to create completely original ones? Cosmetics & Toiletries spoke with Giovanni Pantini, of Studio 24 in Milan, about the difference between research and innovation and how each affects companies that aim to impact the market.

Preserving Microbiome Harmony: Antimicrobial Peptides Balance Skin Health

As an alternative, antimicrobial peptides were explored for their effects on the skin's microbial species using 16S rRNA and a novel comparative approach. In personal care, indiscriminate microbial destruction by traditional preservatives can unintentionally alter the thriving ecosystem that is the skin's microbiome.

Natural Folate in Human Skin: A New Approach to UV Damage Protection

Diminished folate levels impact the rate of DNA damage, thus this article explores how reinforcing skin folates prior to UV exposure could protect against DNA damage. The predominant natural folate in skin, 5-MTHF, is intrinsically stable under UV, but can degrade if photosensitizers are present. Sub-micromolar 5-MTHF protects DNA against oxidation, and ascorbate levels in skin help maintain this folate.

Dermal-epidermal Separation, Part III: Heat and Mechanical Methods

Readers previously expressed interest in understanding the most efficient and reliable methods to separate the epidermis and dermis for basic skin investigation. This third and final part in this dermatological series focuses on heat and mechanical techniques.

Ingredients Leave Hair Irresistible & Skin Revived

Givaudan has launched a couple new ingredients. One ingredient helps enhance hair in a variety of ways, while the other ingredient benefits skin in a holistic way.

Pigment Discovery 'Blue' Scientists, and Now Crayola, Away

YInMn Blue was the first new blue pigment developed in 200 years. Now Crayola is inspired to add it to the box, which should officially be available by the end of 2017. Could this spark a new color trend?

K-beauty: Eastern Ritual vs. Western Pace, Adopting a Mindset

K-beauty appears to deliver its full benefits when embraced in its entirety, which due to time constrains, rarely happens in the West. This article reviews these important differences, as well as cultural views and biological implications.

Dermal-epidermal Separation, Part II: Enzymatic Digestion

Readers have expressed interest in understanding the most efficient and reliable methods to separate the epidermis and dermis as an important technique for basic skin investigation. This second installment in a three-part series reviews separation via enzyme digestion.

K-beauty A to Z: An Interview with Janice Kang

Many product categories were invented outside of Korea but Korean developers boosted their popularity, making them a “must-have” part of beauty routines. This interview with Janice Kang explores this and other facets of the K-beauty craze.

Editor's Note: Secret Sauce for Beauty

When panelists were asked what they wanted in a tomato sauce, no one ever said “extra chunky.” They had to discover they liked it. This is a critically important step in understanding consumer desires and tastes.

Is Beauty Really Being Disrupted?

Over the last decade the internet and social media have rewritten the transparency rules for brands and retailers, while also removing traditional barriers to entry for startup companies.

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