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in-cosmetics Global 2018 Review – ‘Hot’ Launches and Trends!

With over 700 exhibitors, 82 technical seminars, 22 marketing trend presentations, 20 practical based formulation lab sessions and 16 sustainability topics, there is no argument that in-cosmetics Global is THE place to find out the latest in:

− Cosmetic raw material launches
− Trends
− Innovations, and
− Formulation tips

Here is my in-cosmetics Global 2018 ‘round-up’ of the hot and happening launches and trends on display… To read this article…

Fight the Aging Skin with Epigenetics

Epigenetics is a relatively new skin science with many of the cosmeceutical actives using this technology launched during 2016.
Epigenetic effects relate to the switching ‘on’ or ‘off’ of genes without affecting the DNA itself. For example, every individual is unique according to their individual DNA composition. It contains all instructions for how the organism functions (how our body functions, including our skin, collagen and elastin synthesis) as well as how we look. To read this article…

Silicones Alternatives for Cosmetics

Silicones are a popular choice of formulators in non-natural products because of their easy spreadability and non-greasy hydration. They can also be used to lower or increase the viscosity of formulations. To read this article…

Cosmetic Regulations Round-Up: Impact of Claims

When it comes to cosmetic regulations, anywhere in the world, there are 2 elements that have the biggest impact on how regulators view cosmetic products and the ingredients they contain: To read this article…

Improving Performance & Skin Feel of High SPF Products

Sunscreen products are a continuing growth sector of the personal care market, with many consumers expecting a minimum SPF of 50+. Cosmetic formulators face significant aesthetic, stability and performance challenges with increasing SPF. But interestingly, all three of these aspects can be overcome by improving the skin feel and spread of the product: To read this article…

Pigment Selection for Cosmetics

Colorants appear certain colors based on the wavelength of light they reflect. Color can be measured and described using spectrophotometers. But, the trained human eye can achieve good color matches just as effectively.   To read this article…

Select Preservative for Cosmetics

Preservatives are essential ingredients that help preserve the integrity and stability of cosmetic products that can be damaged by microorganisms. While there is a wide variety of preservatives available, choosing the right one for your cosmetic formulation could be a task. This selection guide will familiarize you with the different types of preservatives, their features and guide you towards making the right selection.  To read this article…

The Best Way to Get Whiter Skin

Skin whitening products are aimed at visibly lightening the skin and pigment spots. When skin whitening products are selected and used correctly, they work best when used in conjunction with regular SPF protection and exfoliating cleansers. Many skin whitening products fail to work to consumer’s expectations because they may be expecting results that are not genetically possible.  To read this article…

How to Get the Best Results from your Products?

In order to be their most effective, cosmetic ingredients need to penetrate the epidermal layers sufficiently to perform their specific function, and this will vary depending on the type of product you are creating.  To read this article…

Sunscreen Formulation Principles and Theory

Sunscreens play a vital role in fighting aging caused due to sun. The consumption of sunscreens has seen a rise since consumers have started understanding the significance of these products.  To read this article…

Emerging Innovations from in-cosmetics Paris 2016

In this article, I’ll be taking a look at some of my favorite launches and ‘trend picks’ from the show to keep you informed and up to date on some of the latest industry innovations!  To read this article…

Ageing Gracefully: How to Select the Right Actives for Best Results

In this article, we will take a look at

  • What is happening within the epidermis and dermis as the skin ages,
  • The visible effect this has on the skin
  • and most importantly, what sort of actives can best address and correct these concerns, with appropriate claims, in relation to their activity
    To read this article…
Are Your Cosmetic Ingredients Natural?

Claiming ‘natural’ continues to be a growing trend; but as the popularity and demand for ‘natural’ products grows, so too does the misinformation!  To read this article…

Choosing Greener Alternatives to Plastic Microbeads

With the continuing bans on polyethylene microbeads spreading around the globe, several alternatives have been developed. Many ingredient-manufacturing companies have invested in true natural alternatives to micro beads. These are intentionally made particulates specifically for the cosmetic industry.  To read this article…