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Feb. 3, 2020 | Ingredients news

A new method for assessing the bioaccumulation of nanomaterials pro

The German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA) has just published a report in which it describes a new method for assessing the bioaccumulation of nanomaterials, which, according to its authors, is more relevant than existing conventional methods. The aim is to be able to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the potential environmental risks of different nanomaterials from consumer products.

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A new method for assessing the bioaccumulation of nanomaterials
03 Feb. 2020 Scientific publications

A new method for assessing the bioaccumulation of nanomaterials pro

The German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA) has just published a report in which it describes a new method for assessing the bioaccumulation of nanomaterials, which, according to its authors, is more relevant than existing conventional methods. The aim is to be able to carry out a comprehensive assessment of ...

How UV filters in sunscreen products penetrate the body
27 Jan. 2020 Scientific publications

How UV filters in sunscreen products penetrate the body

This is the second study sponsored by the US Food & Drugs Administration (FDA) on the subject. It measured the concentration in the plasma of six UV filters present in four commercially available sunscreen products. Conclusion: All of them are absorbed systemically and their plasma concentration exceeds the thresholds considered ...

Aluminium: too high exposure of the population, according to BfR
03 Dec. 2019 Scientific publications

Aluminium: too high exposure of the population, according to BfR pro

The BfR (German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) has just studied the health risks resulting from the overall exposure of consumers to aluminium and various aluminium compounds through foodstuffs, food additives, food contact materials and cosmetic products. Conclusion: the exposure is too high and it is advisable to reduce it… ...

Sunscreens release metals and inorganic nutrients into seawater
09 Sept. 2019 Scientific publications

How sunscreens release metals and inorganic nutrients into seawater pro

There is no shortage of scientific studies detailing the environmental impact of sunscreen products on marine ecosystems. But the one published in August in August 2019 in the Journal Environmental Science & Technology brings a new perspective, by showing how a sunscreen releases different metals and inorganic compounds into bathing waters, without ...

Clinical Pediatrics
19 June 2019 Scientific publications

Cosmetics send a child to the emergency room every two hours

According to a U.S. study published in the Journal Clinical Pediatrics on June 17, 2019, 64,686 children under five years of age were treated in emergency departments for cosmetic-related injuries between 2002 and 2016, equivalent to about one child every two hours. Most suffered from burns or poisonings, due to ingestion or skin or eye contact with ...

Provital's artificial skin model for stretch marks
11 June 2019 Scientific publications

An artificial skin model for stretch marks pro

Stretch marks are disfiguring skin lesions that often cause problems of self‐esteem, but little effort has been put to studying this pathology. During the development of its new active Striover, a natural ingredient that reduces the appearance of stretch marks, Provital have succeeded in developing reconstructed skin from stretch mark ...

Toxic effects of essential oils and their constituents in Food and Chemical Toxicology
06 June 2019 Scientific publications

Toxic effects of essential oils and their constituents pro

Three studies, published in the July issue of the Journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, explore the toxicity of different essential oils and their constituents. One is related to essential oils in microemulsion, the other two to farnesol and five species of Nepeta (cat mint).

RIVM's report on Butylparaben

"Uncertainties" about the endocrine disrupting properties of Butylparaben (RIVM) pro

On 24 May 2019, RIVM (Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) published the results of a new study on Butylparaben, focusing on its endocrine disrupting properties and the risk assessment related to overall exposure of consumers. Conclusion: the risk assessment of Butylparaben entails uncertainties…

DIY sunscreen: attention, danger !

DIY sunscreens: attention, danger!

Social media have changed the way people seek and share health information. Recent consumer interest in natural, organic, and ethically-made personal care products has led to an increase of shared recipes for homemade products including sunscreen. Beware : a recent study published in the Journal Health Communication examined how homemade sunscreens ...

British Journal of Dermatology

When used properly, sun creams do not block the synthesis of vitamin D

Should we choose between preventing sunburn and the development of skin cancer with sunscreen, or expose ourselves without protection to promote the synthesis of the essential vitamin D? The debate is not new, but it has just been enriched by a new element. According to a study published in the ...

A technique for nanomaterials identification

How to select the best technique to identify nanomaterials pro

JRC scientists have developed, together with partners from the NanoDefine project, a unique categorisation scheme which matches material properties with the capabilities of techniques for particle size measurement. This technique was published in the Journal Nanoscale Advance.

IDEA's study - Food and Chemical Toxicology
09 April 2019 Scientific publications

Limonene and Linalool hydroperoxides: Exposure source for skin sensitizing remains elusive pro

IDEA’s work on a market surveillance study on Limonene and Linalool hydroperoxides in finished consumer products has been published in Food and Chemical Toxicology. Conclusion: the nature and source of the inducing agent responsible for the frequent positive patch test reactions to oxidized terpenes remains elusive.

These UV filters that do not harm corals
25 Feb. 2019 Scientific publications

These UV filters that do not harm corals

Ultraviolet (UV) filters, which are common constituents of sunscreens and other cosmetics, are reported as a threat for coastal coral reef ecosystems. To investigate this, and to check the possible toxicity of its own filters, the L’Oreal group has joined forces with the Scientific Centre of Monaco (CSM) to develop ...

JRC Science for policy report - An overview of concepts and terms used in the European Commission’s definition of nanomaterial
19 Feb. 2019 Scientific publications

Definition of a nanomaterial: a JRC report pro

The European Joint Research Centre (JRC) has just published a report to clarify the key concepts and terms used in the definition of a nanomaterial given by the European Commission’s 2011 Recommendation. The aim is to provide the scientific basis for a harmonised approach to its implementation in all specific EU regulations, ...

13 Feb. 2019 Scientific publications

Do microplastics harm humans?

About 8 million metric tons of plastic waste winds up in the oceans every year — bottles, bags and doo-dads including those from the cosmetics industry that eventually break down into tiny pieces, called microplastics. These inedible bits have now been found in human fecal samples, but do microplastics cause harm to ...

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 consumption, ...

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 ...

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) provide ...

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.

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
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 ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
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 within 3-4 ...

Fotolia/Cosmetics Observatory
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. ...

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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.

The Observatory of Cosmetics

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 ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
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 ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
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 ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
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.

 The Observatory of Cosmetics
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 ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
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 ...

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
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 ...

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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, especially ...

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 ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
04 Sept. 2014 Scientific publications

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

The BfR (German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) has investigated whether dermal absorption or unintentional ingestion of polyethylene plastic microbeads in cosmetics poses a health risk. The experts concluded that there is no risk.

The Observatory of Cosmetics
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 and ...