Making sense of senses for anti-ageing cosmetics

While the demand of consumers for proof behind claims is higher than ever, cutting-edge methods are emerging with smart instrumental approach; opening the way to new skincare claims considering holistically all senses. Codif explains how, thanks to tribology, we are now able to study the benefits of anti-ageing strategy on the texture of the skin through its vibrations and the ‘song’ it emits

By law, a cosmetic product is described as a substance or mixture applied on skin with a view, exclusively or mainly, to clean, to perfume, to modify appearance, to protect. It is very well understood that active ingredients give efficacy while other formulation compounds are responsible for sensations in application.

In recent times, consumer expect both pleasure in application of formulas and high efficacy in treatment of skin disorders. More and more, cosmetic developments are not exclusively guided by notions of rational effectiveness but also by notions of sensoriality

The sensorial properties of a cosmetic product are studied using internationally recognized discriminating or descriptive methods.1,2 Yet focusing on high value cosmetic products, some manufacturers have forgotten that the skin is both a living organ and also a powerful communication tool using all senses.

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