Lab Testing

    Entering the Cosmeceutical Market


    Before jumping into the cosmeceutical market, one should assist raw materials, consumer desires, safety tests, patents and commercial partners.

    Formulation and Product Testing Tips for Developing a Cosmeceutical Product


    Knowing the desired marketing claims, seeking ingredients with scientific substantiation and testing prototypes for safety and efficacy are among the critical steps in the process.

    Global Efforts to Promote Alternatives to Animal Testing

    04/30/2009 – BRUSSELS, Belgium—Global efforts to promote alternatives to testing on animals received a significant boost through the signing of a cooperation agreement by international bodies, including the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), tasked with the validation of alternative test methods. A cooperation agreement that should give new impetus to the worldwide availability of…

    SkinEthic Offers Option to Draize Test

    12/23/2008 – NICE, France—The Reconstructed Human Epidermis (RHE) test from SkinEthic was validated as a full replacement for the Draize test for skin irritation by the ECVAM Scientific Advisory Committee. The RHE protocol provides good specificity, sensitivity and accuracy, according to laboratory validation, and should help reduce animal use in cosmetics and chemicals testing….

    Symrise, Cutech Win HBA Technology Award

    10/14/2008 – NEW YORK—Symrise and Cutech Srl received the Best New Technology Award during the HBA Industry Awards, held in September during the HBA Global Expo, for the companies’ PSOCM (pig skin organ culture model), a full-thickness skin model representing the natural structure of the skin, which can serve as an alternative to animal testing and to artificial skin models. The companies have…

    Study to Examine Anti-Aging at Cellular Level

    06/27/2008 – GREENWOOD VILLAGE , Colo.—A team of researchers led by Kimberly Stone, M.D., a board certified dermatologist, are studying a blend of Protandim®, an antioxidant supplement, and LP Derma Complex in a topical cream to determine if these anti-aging ingredients combined can affect aging at a cellular level. “Early indications show that the combined formulation of Protandim and LP Derma Complex may…

    Symrise and Cutech Launch Testing Alternative

    04/23/2008 – HOLZMINDEN, Germany—Symrise GmbH Co. has partnered with Cutech Srl, a Padua, Italy-based biotech company, to offer SCoutech, a screening service for cosmetic raw materials, cosmetic formulations, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. In this venture, the two companies merge their expertise and offer clients extensive screening and consulting services, the new high-tech service offers a broad range…

    Polymers Support Firm Skin

    04/15/2008 – BETHEL, Conn.—High molecular weight polymers, such as proteins and polysaccarides, can be useful as skin stiffening, firming and tightening agents. Five panelists, aged mid-20s to mid-40s, were treated with high molecular weight synthetic polymers in the form simple skin treatment formulations in the inner forearm. (Skin Res Tech. 2008) (DOI:10.1111/j.1600-0846.2008.00296.x) The indentometric…

    Caffeine, An Anticellulite Agent

    04/09/2008 – SAO PAULO, Brazil—A study at the University of Sao Paulo analyzed the effects of caffeine and siloxanetriol alginate caffeine (SAC) on fatty tissue through historical evaluation (J Cosm Derm. 2008;7(1):23-29) (DOI: 10.1111/j.1473-2165.2008.00357.x). Caffeine and its derivatives have been used in anticellulite cosmetics due to their lipolytic activity on fatty cells. SAC is a silanol derived from…

    Cosmetic Test Center Opens in Bangkok

    12/11/2007 – BANGKOK, Thailand—Meeting the demands of a growing Asian cosmetics market, Dermascan Asia opened a pre-clinical and clinical testing facility in Bangkok. The new laboratory offers a larger number of volunteers for consumer tests and more tests to investigate the safety and efficacy of cosmetic products and ingredients. Dermscan Asia was launched in 2001 and has doubled its staff to provide more…

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