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Total Breakdown: Recovering Anti-aging Efficacy After Collagen Fragmentation

When collagen breaks down, the broken fragments can hinder the performance of anti-aging actives over time. This column examines methods by which materials can overcome these aging-related issues in collagen production.

Words from Wiechers: Close to Borderland Science

"Where does cosmetic science stand? Is it normal science, borderland science or non-science, aka, nonsense?" This column discusses the science behind cosmetic claims.

[video] Student Poster: The Use of a Spectrophotometer in Hair Color

According to Elvia Iniguez, who presented a poster at the latest Midwest SCC TeamWorks, "Our job as formulators is to always produce reproducible batches." Her poster explained how to do just that in hair color. Learn more from her video interview.

MilliporeSigma’s Chromolith Columns Enable Sunscreen Analysis

These columns are reportedly ideal for sunscreens and other lotions in order to provide efficient analysis.

[podcast] Layering Experiences to Create Product Complexity

"[One] area where there’s quite a bit of interest ... is around the notion of complexity. ...In this idea of complexity, [we've done] work in sort of pairing, sequencing and combining." Learn more about this concept from Charles Spence, Ph.D., in this free podcast, sponsored by Berjé.

China Adds 9 More Animal-Free Tests

In a noticed issues March 22, 2019, the country’s National Medical Products Administration announced its acceptance of nine test methods, including Direct Peptide Reaction Assay (DPRA) for skin sensitization (OECD TG 442C) and Short Time Exposure Assay (STE) for eye irritation (OECD TG 491).

Courage + Khazaka Launch Visioscan VC 20plus

The tool assists in efficacy testing and claim support for cosmetics, regarding skin roughness and micro-topography.

Adaptive Measures: Translating UV Protection to Hair Claims

To test preventative hair care treatments against UV damage, sensitive techniques are required. Here, DSC was used to define a ratio between artificial and natural irradiance levels; from this, methods were built to substantiate claims for UV protection in hair.

Making Moves Toward an Animal Testing-free Future

I think the cosmetics industry will agree: we want to see animal testing phased out in our lifetimes. Not only for ethical reasons, but because these methods are much less relevant than today's alternatives. The good news is worldwide efforts are getting us there; following are recent examples.

Words from Wiechers: Perception of Reality or Reality of Perception?

"Suppliers promise quite a lot to their customers," Wiechers tells us. "And [manufacturers] love to insist on more...This attitude promotes a shift from reality to perception." Read on to learn this month's lesson from Wiechers.

[video] Novel In vitro SPF Test Method Validated

Validation criteria have been a shortcoming of in vitro SPF testing; until now. A new method recently was validated; Marc Pissavini, Ph.D., explains, in this video interview.

The Body Shop Teams Up with British Lab for Animal-Free Testing

Based out of Daresbury, Cheshire, England, XCellR8 claims to be “the only lab globally to make its tests entirely animal-product free in a regulatory environment, eliminating all animal components from their tests.”

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