Forty shades of green: the trends explained

Following the famous Irish song, we can close our eyes and picture a vast forest of cosmetic products on the market, a wooded landscape made up of many shades of green. Which one is the greenest?

Holistic approach protects and repairs against fatigue

Recently, it has been recognised that the cumulative action of repetitive small stresses encountered by hair during daily grooming practices is not only the cause of hair breakage but also of other forms of unwanted hair damage such as cuticle lifting and split-ends.

Testing trends in anti-pollution claims

The era of air pollution started a few decades ago. Pollution is now a major environmental risk to public health in the major megacities. Each week has its new information about peaks of polluted air in Europe, Asia or America

Regulatory update for the European Union

This article looks at the amendments that have been made to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 between January and September 2019 and the amendments the European Commission intends to make to the regulation. It also briefly looks at the Glossary of Cosmetic Ingredient Names that replaces the inventory of ingredients.

Cosmetics claims and the consumer

Until very recently, in consumers’ eyes, advertising has been littered with irrelevant and incomprehensible images and statements (claims) that have little or no bearing on the product itself.

Non-nanometric mineral filter for water and oily phase

The sunlight spectrum is made up of UV , VIS and IR light (10, 40 and 50% respectively).1 UV light (100-400 nm) has the highest energy and is mostly absorbed by oxygen and the tropospheric ozone.

Green chemistry for high impact colour cosmetics

The rise of social media influencers and the emergence of the Clean Beauty lifestyle have converged, creating a colour cosmetics market that must deliver high impact and sensory stimulating products with ingredients consumers feel are healthy and safe.

Staying safe and carefree in the sun

Formulating high-SPF sunscreens represents a challenge for manufacturers: The large oil phase usually necessitated by UV filters that are oils or only soluble in oil tends to weigh down sunscreens, resulting in products that are inconvenient to apply and that leave an unpleasant feeling on the skin.

Can you meet the UV-blocking needs of Asia Pacific?

Consumer preferences in the global skin care industry have shifted over the years, placing equal importance on long-lasting duration, quality aesthetics and comfort of wear.

Beauty that speaks for you and your generation

The personal care industry aim to help people in various generations look better. The study of daily beauty habits of these generations is extremely important. This is the reason why IMCD Personal Care Asia Pacific presents the concept of “beYOUty”. A good personal image has a better chance of success in life.

Helping to navigate the industry’s ‘green wave’

Nowadays plant-based products are witnessing popularity among cosmetic customers who tend to look for different cosmetic products with a shorter ingredients list.

Rinse-off products defend hair from pollution

Exposure to air pollution is considered an important external stressor for hair, which can cause damage to the cuticles (higher wet/dry combing energy), protein degradation, and a more hydrophilic hair surface.

Natural ingredients provide mattifying effect

A shiny face is linked to a high level of sebum secretion or to the production of sweat resulting from physical exertion or heat and humidity.

Mediterranean botanicals to reduce skin irritation

Human skin is the cover that keeps us alive. The environment of the planet works against the human body daily with assaults that threaten our existence. Principal among these is the exposure of the skin to UV radiation

Ingredients focus: fragrance ingredients and concepts

Fragrance gives products an extra dimension and are a calling card for many brands. A high quality scent is difficult to imitate, as is its longevity.

First generation plant membrane lipids fight ageing

During ageing, as well as under stress situations, the cellular energy of the skin, and its vitality, decrease, causing what it is known as energetic ageing

What is trending in the Indian sun care market?

The usage of sun care products is at a nascent stage in India. Currently, the penetration of products is mainly among young consumers, and even then, usage frequency remains low.

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.