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Over time, our skin becomes less toned and loses radiance, and wrinkles and fine lines start to appear. Just like all our body organs, the epidermis suffers the effects of aging, though it varies depending on our own life hygiene and on genetic and environmental factors. If the skin cannot rejuvenate itself, cosmetics can help prevent and make cutaneous damage less visible, by comforting and toning it up with a whole range of antioxidant actives and anti-aging skincare products for all skin types, but mainly mature skins. Here is our selection. [Read more ]
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The world’s top cosmetics companies of 2015 published by The Brand Finance have been ranked by the value of their brands for a unique annual study. L'Oréal Paris comes out on top with an all time record value of US$11.2 billion. Troubled Avon has lost 39% of its brand value in a year, dropping out of the top ten. [Read more ]


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Expert selections

Over time, our skin becomes less toned and loses radiance, and wrinkles and fine lines start to appear. Just like all our body organs, the epidermis suffers the effects of aging, though it varies depending on our own life hygiene and on genetic and environmental factors. If the skin cannot rejuvenate itself, cosmetics can help prevent and make cutaneous damage less visible, by comforting and toning it up with a whole range of antioxidant actives and anti-aging skincare products for all skin types, but mainly mature skins. Here is our selection. [Read more ]


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Trends

In the daily flow of new cosmetics launches, no doubt this is the one that recently stood out the most. Although the name of this Soin fraîcheur revitalisant – revitalizing and refreshing care – does not really sound innovative, it has a much more original target: the masculine sex. Of course, it is not the first to be designed for this very intimate area, but it has to be said, this cosmetic segment remains one of the most controversial. What if it were because consumers are not ready just yet? [Read more ]


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Dossiers

They are thin and fragile, they get tight and red, sometimes they tingle… and they are not always easy to live with. Sensitive skins are very specific among problem epidermises and require particular care. How to identify them without getting wrong, and learn the first gestures to relieve them? What ingredients should be adopted not to irritate them, and what actives should be favoured to soothe them? Learning about their needs and using an adapted skincare programme to moisturize and protect them… All these essential aspects for these atypical, often intolerant skins are exclusively dealt with in this dossier. [Read more ]


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Ingredient of the month

The sea is a rich source of cosmetic ingredients. But there are not just algae, sand, sludge, salt, or water in the marine world! Invertebrates, a family of species which gathers most animal organisms living in this environment, might represent a new solution for cosmetic applications, especially in the perfume, sun care, or anti-aging sectors. Let’s immerse ourselves into a bone-free, but not futureless world! [Read more ]


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Test bench

Maybe, you think that nothing is simpler than soap? That its formula is too simple to be worth a look after? Think about it! From the "true" soap to the "soap-free soaps", including Marseille soaps, Aleppo soaps, perfumed bath soaps, oil-enriched or dermatological bar soaps… and more, probably. There is enough to be confused and to dither prior to choose among all these bars. Clues about nine formulae, by the CosmeticOBS-L’Observatoire des Cosmétiques experts. [Read more ]


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Choosing your cosmetics well

One could logically think that all the ingredients that should particularly be avoided by people with oily skins (occlusive, comedogenic, too irritant or drying, and likely to cause ‘rebound effects’…) are excluded from the composition of cosmetics specifically formulated for them. Unfortunately, it is not always the case. And checking the list of ingredients helps make a better choice. Here is a short list of the actives to be avoided by people with oily skins. [Read more ]


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Using your cosmetics well

Using cosmetics, mainly toothpaste and mouthwash, on a daily basis, is essential for a good oral hygiene. And specific actives favour a fresh and healthy breath, in addition to a few right gestures to optimize their efficacy. [Read more ]


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Learning to read labels

A thorough look at the ingredients is the only way to "comprehend" a cosmetic product (far more true and precise than any sales points or advertising!). However, it is not that easy: quite often, first, lay your hands on a powerful magnifier. Then you have to learn how to decipher the label. Underneath some clues to help you understand the list of ingredients... [Read more ]


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All about babies

From birth to the age of 3, our baby’s skin is often dry, reactive and delicate. It requires particular attention, and should as seldom as possible be exposed to cosmetic ingredients likely to cause allergies or irritations. Few cosmetics are needed for the bath, washing, and face or bottom care. Here are the essential daily products, and those to be used for specific needs selected by the experts at Cosmetic OBS-L’Observatoire des Cosmétiques. [Read more ]


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Cosmetics glossary

February 11, 2015 Cosmetics glossary

Triman

The Triman logo system was enforced on January 1, 2015, as a result of the French ‘Grenelle Environnement’ initiative. It helps consumers identify the recyclable packaging subject to sorting instructions. [Read more ]


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Cosmetics in books

Milady has evolved for over 85 years to become what it is today, the cornerstone of beauty and wellness education. We are very excited and proud to announce the latest edition of Milady Standard Cosmetology, the most commonly used resource in cosmetology education. For decades since our first textbook published, it has been our commitment to provide students with the foundation in the principles and skills needed to master the science and art of cosmetology, and with this latest version that commitment has not waivered. [Read more ]


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