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Going beyond UV to protect the skin

Infrared radiation (IR) is electromagnetic radiation with longer wavelengths than visible light, therefore rendering it invisible to the human eye. While IR is not visible, it is extremely prevalent in daily life, with 54% of the sun’s radiation being IR. The large percentage of IR rays that are emitted and enter a person’s skin is concerning, especially if one does not know how harmful it can be. Therefore, it is important to research this and look at the potential damage that may occur.

Healthy skin has healthy microbiota: how can we help?

‘Microbiome skin care‘ has established itself in the market place. Where it began with niche brands, now mainstream brands have jumped on the bandwagon as well. What do we know about the skin microbiome? What is the skin microbiome?

Alternative methods for sun protection factor assessments

Ultraviolet radiation is already known globally as a great villain, due to the intensity of the damage it causes to the skin, which makes the evaluation of photoprotection offered by products available on the market an extremely critical point, especially regarding the protection against UVB radiation, the main cause of sun burn, and UVA radiation, mainly responsible for photoaging.

A potent algal complex for a complete eye contour care

The skin around the eyes is perceived as an essential feature of facial beauty as it immediately reflects fatigue. It appears as the first visible area to express aging such as dark under-eye circles, ‘bagging’ or loss of elasticity, ‘crow’s feet’ or wrinkling and loss of opacity of the under-eye skin.

Olive leaf extract delivers skin and sensorial benefits

The demand for greener cosmetic products has been steadily growing for the past decade. However, modern consumers are posing new challenges to the industry. They want products that make extensive use of natural, vegetable-derived ingredients, but they rightly expect the formulae to be highly effective and esthetically pleasing as well.

Silicone specialties fit sun care formulations

The sun protection market develops circa. £3 billion sales worldwide, and due to increased consumer awareness and concerns over damage caused by UV exposure, has been growing at a rate up to 5% annually.

The eyes: a reflection of genderless beauty

Given the expansion of masculine products for facial skin care on the shelves around the world, eye contour ranges are in the spotlight as they can help reduce unwanted bags, dark circles and fatigue signs, offering excellent improvements in facial appearance. 

Specialties market to exceed USD 15 Billion by 2023

Personal care products have become an important part of consumers’ daily routines across the globe. As a result, the market size for personal care products, currently estimated at over USD 400 billion, is growing rapidly due to the increasing population, rising awareness of health and hygiene, and advancing income levels, especially in developing countries.

40th anniversary celebration in New York

The New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ (NYSCC) 40th Annual Suppliers’ Day came to a successful conclusion at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

Acquisition boosts predicting efficacy and NPD speed

Testing is a vital aspect of our industry, not only for finished products, but also for the individual ingredients themselves. Testing services and devices enable the evaluation of ingredients to show their efficacy, safety and stability.

Discovering the invigorating osmolyte

Next to GENENCARE® OSMS BA (Betaine), DuPont Industrial Biosciences has now added GENENCARE® OSMS MI (INCI name: Inositol also known as myo-inositol) to the family of all-natural osmolytes. Like betaine, myo-Inositol, is highly purified and suitable for many skin care applications. It is extracted from non-GM sugar beet, 100% biobased and Cosmos and Natrue certified.

How to fomulate for tricky textures in cosmetics

The texture of a cosmetic product is paramount, alongside fragrance and colour. You could even say that texture is more important than efficacy when it comes to the first point of sale; how a product feels on application could make or break a sale. So what exactly is texture and how can we quantify it?

Rambutan bioactives for hair and skin

BASF is sourcing the raw materials for three new highly effective natural skin and hair care ingredients from two of Vietnam’s first organic-certified rambutan gardens.

Anti-ageing actives and technologies behind them

Technology is an essential part of every industry, and the personal care sector is no different.

Using autophagy to prevent and reduce skin ageing

Autophagy is a cellular mechanism which preserves cell health by recycling long-lived proteins and damaged organelles.

Ageing tackled by strengthening cell function

One might well call Angelica archangelica, the herbaceous plant from northern Europe that is particularly suited to lower temperatures “magical angelica”.

Effects of glycolic acid on human hair keratin

Glycolic acid is a well-known active ingredient in skin care products. The ahydroxy acid exfoliates skin by reacting with the upper layer of the epidermis, the strateum corneum, and weakening the lipid bonds that hold the outer dead skin cells together.

Ingredients focus: hair styling products

Hair styling products are an essential part of the personal care industry and give consumers a highly visible and dramatic way to express themselves as individuals.

SCS Formulate: A catalyst for innovation

For many years the UK has been a centre of excellence in the formulation and supply of personal care products. SCS Formulate reflects the contribution to innovation, development and production that the UK makes in this important market.

Carbon-14 analysis: natural versus synthetic essential oil

As consumers favour natural essential oils over synthetic alternatives, the price of essential oil escalates, mainly due to expensive production costs. By Haley Gershon - Beta Analytic, US.