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Designing a men’s facial moisturiser
It is fair to say male grooming formulations in general are expected to be lighter in consistency and oiliness compared to their female-orientated counterparts.
Men’s grooming begins to find a voice
As soon as the bandwidth on the internet became wide enough to cope with images comfortably, women started using it to talk to each other about their clothes and their makeup.
The growth of the men’s grooming market
Formerly a woman’s domain, personal grooming has grown dramatically among UK men over the past few years.
Differences between male and female skin
It has recently been said that the long awaited growth in men’s grooming product sales is starting to take hold. A combination of greater product efficacy and a gradual change in attitude towards taking pride in one’s appearance has seen greater acceptance of a wider range of personal care products aimed at men.
Ingredients focus: sun care products
In terms of consumer wellbeing, sunscreens are almost certainly one of the most important products to come under the personal care umbrella.
Hamburg show has South American flavour
Valued at $42 billion in 2012, the Brazilian cosmetics market represents 58% of the Latin American beauty and personal care market and is home to over 2,000 cosmetic, toiletry and fragrance manufacturers.
Botanical oils as effective ingredients for sun care
Skin ageing occurs primarily inside the skin, resulting in the appearance of externally visible signs. In a society that increasingly favours appearance, the social impact of visible skin ageing may be considerable.
Autophagy improved for detoxification and longevity
Autophagy, which was recently discovered in skin, stands out today as a powerful mechanism; essential for detoxifying cells and guaranteeing their proper functioning, thereby limiting the senescence.
Looking East for inspiration
To the West, Asia has traditionally been viewed as exotic and mystical, but there has always been a fine history of exchanging science and technology.
Digital photography for cosmetic efficacy studies
One picture is worth more than a thousand words’ is a popular saying which appeared in the 20th century, resembling an earlier quote from the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev in his book Fathers and Sons:
Measurement and understanding of TEWL
The outer layers of the skin, especially the stratum corneum, play a vital role in protecting the body against many external stressors of chemical, physical and environmental nature, at the same time preventing the organism from losing water, ions and serum proteins to keep the skin flexible and elastic.
Amplified ATP technology offers faster release
Normal, dry, oily, sensitive, combination. There is a science behind understanding a person’s skin type, just as there is a science behind personal care formulation.
Ingredients focus: skin whitening
The skin whitening market is continuing to grow rapidly in many Asian countries, with Chinese consumers proving to be particularly receptive to new products offering better results.
Whitening potential of hydroxyapatite
Hydroxyapatites are naturally occurring mineral forms of calcium apatite, with the general formula Ca5(PO4)3(OH). Hydroxyapatite is the hydroxyl end-member of the complex apatite group, where the OH- ion can be replaced by fluoride, chloride or carbonate ions.
Balancing naturalness with continued results
Since at least the nineties and arguably even before that, the trend has been towards making personal care products that are as natural as possible. The cosmetics business has gone green, both metaphorically and in the case of the labels often literally too.
Natural butters: fractionation alternatives
Global demand for natural, organic and Ayurvedic personal care products continues to grow apace and as such, these sectors always seek alternatives to replace synthetic, petrolatum-based, toxic, or ingredients processed with petrochemicals.
Men’s global styling needs and preferences
Grooming products specifically designed for the male consumer – from skin care to hair care and shaving – are a booming part of the global personal care landscape. No longer limited to bar soap and deodorant, men’s grooming regimens are growing increasingly complex and becoming more personalised.
Charting the progress of sunscreen harmonisation
Regulation of sunscreens, their classification efficacy support still remains complex, but the work of ISO has brought most sides to the table and allowed science based collaboration, resulting in greatly improved opportunities for test method harmonisation.
Easy formulation, demanding ingredients
Sustainability is one of the megatrends in personal care and cosmetics and it applies to cosmetic consumer products as well as to cosmetic raw materials. According to the standard definition of sustainability, cosmetic raw materials should meet today’s needs without compromising (e.g. due to the process of their production) the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Understanding the cosmetic product safety report
Cosmetics are regulated in the European Union by Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009. The main objectives of this regulation are to create a set of rules that all cosmetics comply with and to ensure a high level of protection for human health.
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