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Oct. 23, 2018 | Scientific publications

Drink coffee to prevent rosacea?

New research has found that caffeine from coffee may help to prevent rosacea, a common chronic inflammatory skin disease where the skin appears red and flushed. Carried out by US, Canadian, and Chinese researchers, the new study looked at 82,737 women and collected data on their coffee, tea, soda and chocolate consumption, all of which contain caffeine.

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Drink cofee to prevent rosacea?
23 Oct. 2018 Scientific publications

Drink coffee to prevent rosacea?

New research has found that caffeine from coffee may help to prevent rosacea, a common chronic inflammatory skin disease where the skin appears red and flushed. Carried out by US, Canadian, and Chinese researchers, the new study looked at 82,737 women and collected data on their coffee, tea, soda and chocolate ...

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18 July 2018 Scientific publications

Mineral oils in cosmetics: Health risks are not to be expected (BfR)

On July 2, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) published the English version of its Opinion No. 008/2018 of 27 February 2018 on mineral oils used in cosmetic products, supplementing its first Opinion of 2015. Its risk assessment relates to those mineral oil qualities which comply with the purity requirements for pharmaceuticals and for ...

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09 July 2018 Scientific publications

Moisturiser with SPF less effective than a sunscreen to protect skin

If you’re using moisturizer with SPF instead of sunscreen you may not be sufficiently protecting your skin, warns study. New UK research has highlighted the importance of using proper sun protection this summer, finding that, given the way they tend to be applied, moisturizers with sun protection factor (SPF ...

RIVM Report on parabens
03 April 2018 Scientific publications

Hormone-disrupting effect of parabens still unclear, says RIVM

RIVM has just published the results of its recent study on parabens. The Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment has conducted literature research into the hormone-disrupting effects of the three most commonly used parabens (methyl-, ethyl- and propylparaben) and the exposure of consumers to these substances.

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05 Oct. 2016 Scientific publications

Nano-titanium dioxide in toothpastes: adverse effects on liver

According to a study carried out by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), health effects due to exposure to titanium dioxide nanoparticles via food, food supplements and toothpastes cannot be excluded. RIVM has investigated the health effects of the fraction of nanoparticles as present in the ...

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27 July 2016 Scientific publications

Scientists find unprecedented protection against UVA

Researchers from University of Bath and with King’s College London announce they developed a new compound that London offers unprecedented protection against the harmful effects of UVA radiation in sunlight, which include photo-ageing, cell damage and cancer. They hope to see it added to sunscreens and skin care products ...

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01 July 2016 Scientific publications

Supercritical CO2 extraction and Metabarcoding pro

Within the framework of the environmental respect we study a ginger extract obtained with supercritical fluids and more particularly CO₂. This process joins in an approach of sustainable process replacing the usual chemical solvents by this solvent. A publication of Nicole Giraud and Aymeric Roccia, of DNA GENSEE, and Cyrille ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
15 June 2016 Scientific publications

Sunscreens: a scientific paper in favour of nanos

The report, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, is authored by Paul Wright of RMIT University in Melbourne and funded by the public National Health and Medical Research Council. It analyses the risks and benefits of nanomaterial usage in sunscreens and how these are perceived by the public. Conclusion ...

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Mathematical modelling to test cosmetics pro

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) are presenting collaborative research on the use of mathematical methods for understanding the transportation of chemical compounds in biological tissues, like the skin. This could lead to better ways of testing cosmetic or consumer products without harming humans or animals.

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The subtle effects of nanoparticles on oxidative stress genes

A nanoparticle can have subtle effects on the activity of genes expressing enzymes that address oxidative stress inside two types of cells, although they are commonly used in food, cosmetics, sunscreen and other products. For example, according to a new study, while the titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles are considered non-toxic ...

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Scientific consensus on the identification of endocrine disruptors pro

On the occasion of an expert conference organised by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and held in Berlin on 11 and 12 April 2016, a consensus on the identification of endocrine disruptors was reached. According to BfR, the consensus reached is a breakthrough in the scientific discussion on endocrine disruptors and of great ...

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16 March 2016 Scientific publications

A Danish evaluation of sensitizing fragrance substances pro

The project 'Evaluation of selected sensitising fragrance substances' was initiated by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency as a LOUS (List of Undesirable Substances) follow-up project. The objective of this study was to evaluate selected fragrance substances in relation to the classification criteria for strong sensitizers (Category 1A sensitizers) according to the ...

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14 March 2016 Scientific publications

3 days of 'free-of' cosmetics: less endocrine disruptors in the body!

A study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas demonstrates how even a short break from certain kinds of makeup, shampoos and lotions can lead to a significant drop in levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the body. The results, published in the journal ...

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08 March 2016 Scientific publications

A gene for grey hair… and its cosmetic applications

The first gene identified for greying hair has been discovered by an international University College London-led study, confirming greying has a genetic component and is not just environmental. Published on March 1st in Nature Communications, these findings have potential cosmetic applications.

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01 March 2016 Scientific publications

Assessment of nano-enabled technologies in cosmetics pro

As a part of the ‘Better control of nano’ initiative 2012-2015, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency published a report on nano-enabled technologies in cosmetics. Accompanying this report is an appraised database summarising the literature which formed the basis of this review.

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27 Oct. 2015 Scientific publications

Nail polish: a source of exposure to endocrine disruptors

According to a study conducted par researchers of the university of Duke and EWG (Environmental Working Group), a plasticizer used in nail polishes and a suspected endocrine-disrupting chemical, Triphenyl phosphate (TPHP), is found in the urine of women a few hours after application. An evidence that this chemical is absorbed ...

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21 Oct. 2015 Scientific publications

Parabens found in dolphins

Parabens are in thousands of products (cosmetics, foods, drugs) and, at low levels, in the vast majority of consumers. Now scientists report for the first time that the antimicrobials are also showing up in the tissues of marine mammals, including dolphins, sea otters and polar bears. Their results appear in ...

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14 Oct. 2015 Scientific publications

Cosmetics preservatives: globally safe, according to Denmark

Denmark pays considerable attention to the safety of preservatives in cosmetic products – it was the first European country to ban certain parabens from baby products. It has just published the results of a new assessment of their safety for health and the environment, carried out by its national Agency for ...

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30 July 2015 Scientific publications

Should we put on sunscreen indoors?

We all know how useful it is to protect ourselves from sun rays outdoors. But should we also put on sunscreen indoors? This is what a study conducted by Brazilian researchers suggests. But why? UV rays get through our windows, and the lamps we use to get light also emit ...

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17 June 2015 Scientific publications

Mineral oils in cosmetics: no health risks (BfR)

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has just published its safety assessment on mineral oils in cosmetic products. According to these experts, 'considering all available scientific evidence, no health risks are to be expected from absorption via the skin'.

05 March 2015 Scientific publications

UV damage skin several hours after exposure

According to a new study by researchers from Yale University (US), much of the damage that ultraviolet radiation (UV) does to skin occurs hours after sun exposure. This discovery raises the possibility of developing future cosmetics products to protect the skin in a new way.

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20 Nov. 2014 Scientific publications

Natural claims: which are the most efficient? pro

How do consumers view the claims related to a cosmetic product’s naturalness? Which ones can most certainly trigger a purchase? Boticário conducted a study on that matter and presented its results for a premium bath product in a poster exhibited at the 28th IFSCC congress in October 2014.

29 Oct. 2014 Scientific publications

Nano or not: TiO2 is toxic for the environment

The report was published by the Umwelt Bundesamt, the German Federal Environment Agency. It presents the results of a study on the environmental impact of three titanium dioxides, including two nano-sized ones. The conclusion? Nano or not, under the effect of UV radiation, TiO2 (which is widely used in cosmetics ...

05 Sept. 2014 Scientific publications

Nano UV-filters: a hazard to sea life

A study by Spanish researchers, published over the summer in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology, raises an alert on the potential of nanoparticulate sunscreen ingredients (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) to cause damage to marine environments. They affect phytoplankton in particular, which constitute the base of the food ...

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04 Sept. 2014 Scientific publications

Polyethylene micro-beads: health risk is unlikely (BfR)

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has researched the question whether dermal absorption or unintentional oral ingestion of PE microplastic particles from cosmetic products pose a health risk. The experts conclude that the use of cosmetic products containing PE microplastic particles does not pose a health risk to ...

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26 Aug. 2014 Scientific publications

An anti-perspirant… to smell worse?

The study was conducted by researchers at Ghent University, Belgium. It aimed at determining whether using deodorants and antiperspirants could modify the structure, diversity and dynamics of the natural bacterial flora that lives under the armpits. And the conclusions are unexpected: anti-perspirants might actually do worse than better!

11 March 2014 Scientific publications

Experts warn against nanosilver

Endocrine disruptors are not the only worrying chemicals that ordinary consumers are exposed to in everyday life. Also nanoparticles of silver, found in e.g. dietary supplements, cosmetics and food packaging, now worry scientists. A new study from the University of Southern Denmark shows that nano-silver can penetrate our cells ...

28 Jan. 2014 Scientific publications

Nano ZnO: lack of genotoxic potential

According to a study by South Korean researchers, based on in vitro and in vivo tests, Zinc oxide nanoparticles have no genotoxic potential. The study was published in the scientific journal Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis.

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07 Jan. 2014 Scientific publications

The missense of smell: No two people smell the same

A difference at the smallest level of DNA -- one amino acid on one gene --  can determine whether you find a given smell pleasant. A different amino acid on the same gene in your friend's body could mean he finds the same odor offensive, according to researchers at Duke University ...

02 Dec. 2013 Scientific publications

Cosmetic short news: Guidance CLP

Latest cosmetics news in brief: Guidance CLP - Modification of the CLP regulation - The SCCS revises its Opinion about Methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol - “Belle et Bien” runs to fight cancer - AFNOR: 4 collections of standards about the environmental labeling - L'Oreal buys Nickel - Triman postponed for a year - Deadline extended for comments of ...

19 Nov. 2013 Scientific publications

Study on air quality in hairdressing salons pro

A team of Italian researchers were interested in what you breathe in a hair salon. Particularly targeting VOCs, these Volatile Organic Compounds, present in hair care cosmetic products and which can have harmful effects on human health. With edifying results.

25 Sept. 2013 Scientific publications

Mascara: expired, contaminated … but still in-service!

A Brazilian study surveyed female students, examining their habits about make-up. Conclusion: women tend to continue using expired make-up, and these products are often contaminated by high levels of harmful micro-organisms! Without doubt, what is true in Brazil is likely to be true here, too …

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18 Sept. 2013 Scientific publications

Cosmetic argan powder linked with occupational asthma

Argan powder, which is used by the cosmetic industry in the production of foundation products, could be linked with occupational asthma. A small study, presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress in Barcelona on 9 September 2013, has found the first evidence of a risk associated with the use of argan ...

10 Sept. 2013 Scientific publications

New light-activated suncream to cut skin cancer

A researchers team of the Bath University (GB) says it has developed a new cosmetic active ingredient, which, added to the suncreams, could provide the skin with a protection against damages induced by free radicals and cancer.

02 Sept. 2013 Scientific publications

Anti-cavities toothpastes: arginine, as a fluorine enhancer

Released in the Journal of Dentistry August 2013 issue, this study of more than 400 Chinese volunteers, performed with Colgate-Palmolive, shows that a supply of 1.5% of arginine in a fluorinated (1450 ppm) toothpaste improves its anti-cavities efficiency in children. A new way for formulation?

30 July 2013 Scientific publications

A new method to assess the tolerance to cosmetics for babies

The paper is signed by three members of the Pierre Fabre Group Safety Assessment Department. They have developed a new method, using artificial urine, which allows the protective effects of diaper-region cosmetics to be ascertained. This study has been released by the Toxicology in Vitro Journal.

18 July 2013 Scientific publications

Aluminium: a new study by Dr Philippa Darbre

Dr Philippa Darbre is well known, thanks to the debate she initiated about the toxicity of aluminium and the implication of this substance in breast cancer. The British researcher has just released a new study in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, in cooperation with Dr Ferdinando Manello and Dr Christopher ...

28 June 2013 Scientific publications

Genotoxicity of benzophenone-type UV filters

An additional information in the the safety assessment of benzophenone-based UV filter, this study by Chinese researchers has recently been published in the journal Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.

17 June 2013 Scientific publications

New nano-needle helps uncover secrets under the skin

Researchers at the University of Bath are using a pioneering technique to study the properties and characteristics of our skin, in tests that could pave the way for new treatments for dermatitis, and for an improved understanding of the skin aging process.

04 June 2013 Scientific publications

New test predicts reactions to cosmetics

A simple lab-based skin test which eliminates the risk of adverse reactions to new drugs, cosmetics and household chemicals has been developed by a Newcastle University team. It uses real human skin and immune cells to show any reaction such as a rash or blistering indicating a wider immune response ...

The powerful limonene/linalyl acetate combination in the bergamot orange essential oil

An Italian researchers’ team has cleared up the implication and linalyl acetate in cytotoxicity induced by bergamot essential oil in human neuroblastoma cells. While these ingredients are not active when alone, their action is vastly different when blended.

Sunscreens (almost) as protective as clothes

Sun damage is the most important environmental factor associated with malignant melanoma. To address the health threat, as well as the economic burden, primary prevention and early detection are crucial. Sunscreen vs. a physical barrier: Spanish researchers have tried to find out which were most effective in preventing skin cancer.