Smart beauty devices | personal care essentials

Smart beauty devices | personal care essentials

Smart beauty provides a big opportunity for the cosmetics industry. Handheld beauty devices are forecast to become a staple addition to beauty bags all over the world. According to Google, tech-savvy Millennials are looking to technology to support their skin care routines. They are demanding products that save time, offer value, and provide instant gratification. And as Millennials account for close to one third of the world's population, smart beauty devices have the potential to become personal care essentials. Across the three core markets that Google reported on - France, the US, Japan - facial…Read more …
Blue light | cause of sleep disruption | potential for skin damage

Blue light | cause of sleep disruption | potential for skin damage

Is your skin paying the price for exposure to blue light from electronic devices? It's no secret that light throws our body clock, or circadian rhythm, out of whack. Not only does sleep suffer, but research shows it may even contribute to some pretty nasty diseases; think cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease. However, different coloured light has different effects. Blue light, for example, is beneficial in daylight hours as it boosts our mood, reaction times and our attention. Come night though and it's a different story. Blue light is thought to cause more…Read more …
Pentavitin | dry skin saviour

Pentavitin | dry skin saviour

Dry skin is the number one unmet skincare need around the world. Until now. Pentavitin provides instant, deep hydration by generating a moisture reservoir that lasts up to 72 hours. Using a new 3D moisture mapping method, Pentavitin was put to the test. The 3D  mapping device by DSM can track moisture levels at 30 different points of the face - compared to conventional tools that take data from just one point. When testing four ethnic groups, this new mapping technology found big differences in levels of moisturisation of the same face, often in close proximity. Pentavitin…Read more …
Neurocosmetic | the holistic approach to skin care

Neurocosmetic | the holistic approach to skin care

Neurocosmetic is a new concept that acts on the mind via the skin. Based on the communication between the nerve system and the skin through neurotransmitters, Neurocosmetic is providing consumers with a holistic approach to caring for their skin. Neurotransmitters are chemical messages released by skin nerve fibres with similar characteristics to nerve cells. Recent research has found that skin cells, such as keratinocytes, melanocytes, and fibroblasts, produce and secrete neurotransmitters. Unlike traditional cosmetic actives, which limit the consequences of daily aggressors on the skin, Neurocosmetic actives either inhibit or activate messages to the…Read more …
Sheet face masks | a growing trend

Sheet face masks | a growing trend

A long-time staple in Asian beauty care, sheet face masks are now trending around the world – and the high demand is not just coming from Millennials. Sheet face masks are great for the time poor and women on the go. Often referred to as the ‘lazy girl’s facial’, they can be used anytime, anywhere and are great when flying. They are easy to apply. Don’t need rinsing. And you can pack them in your handbag for times when your complexion needs a little ‘pick me up’. With the spotlight focused firmly on…Read more …
Postbiotics | beneficial for digestive health

Postbiotics | beneficial for digestive health

Postbiotics are gaining scientific recognition as a key factor in maintaining long-term digestive health. When dietary fibre is broken down and fermented in the colon by bacteria, it forms byproducts known as postbiotics. Previously considered as the metabolic waste of probiotic activity, postbiotics are now being recognised as a potential alternative to using whole bacteria, and may produce the same effect on gastrointestinal health as probiotics (friendly bacteria associated with good gut flora). Probiotics v postbiotics Probiotics are living organisms. When they die they secrete postbiotics that are believed to mimic the beneficial…Read more …
Prebiotics | fibre for good gut health

Prebiotics | fibre for good gut health

Prebiotics are a type of soluble fibre that supports microbes beneficial to good gut health. Although a relatively new discovery -  evidence is still emerging that supports the health benefits of prebotics - there is already quite a substantial list of benefits attributed to ingesting prebiotics. Health benefits According to Monash University Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, benefits to eating a diet high in prebiotics include: modulation of the gut microbiota improved mineral absorption possible protection against colon cancer improved blood glucose and insulin profiles protection against intestinal infections and alterations in the…Read more …
AC Kerazyme ® Protect | natural active to protect colored hair

AC Kerazyme ® Protect | natural active to protect colored hair

AC Kerazyme ® Protect is a natural active derived from bamboo, keratin and trametes versicolor (a mushroom grown throughout the US) . This multifunctional active has been developed to seal individual hair strands to protect from heat and UV induced damage while slowing color from fading leading to healthier-looking and more manageable hair. With an application of 2.0% AC Kerazyme Protect in your hair care formula, the fading of hair color is greatly reduced. Compare the hair in the graph. Hair that has been exposed to 30 hours UV exposure and 14 washes has…Read more …
Liposome | a delivery system that yields results

Liposome | a delivery system that yields results

Liposomes are composite structures that aid active ingredients to penetrate multiple layers of the skin. Extensive research has been conducted to determine to best way to deliver actives to various depths of the stratum corneum. One conclusion of this research has shown the preferred mechanism for delivering active ingredients into the skin is by incorporating liposome into personal care products. Microscopic Liposomes are microscopic. Spherical in shape, these self-enclosed capsules range in size from 150 – 3500 nanometres in diametre. A liposome’s lipid bilayer sequesters water-soluble materials but prevents ions, proteins and other molecules from diffusing…Read more …
Epigenetics | a new era in skincare development

Epigenetics | a new era in skincare development

Epigenetics is the latest big trend hitting the skin care industry... and it offers an exciting new era in the development of anti aging products. So what is epigenetics? It is the biological process that enables gene expression to be modified without changing the DNA sequence. Epigenetics is putting the nature vs nurture /biology vs psychology argument to rest. According to discovermagazine.com: "Since the 1970s, researchers had known that the tightly wound spools of DNA inside each cell’s nucleus require something extra to tell them exactly which genes to transcribe, whether for a heart cell, a…Read more …