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If summer holidays rhyme with seaside, rest, and beaches, they are also synonymous of sunbathing, which can be harmful for health: in addition to accelerating skin aging, UV rays are determining factors in the appearance of skin cancers. So, to help the public better understand what sun exposure involves – and better manage it – connected objects and applications have recently been developed. [Read more ]

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According to a research from MarkMonitor®, specialized in enterprise brand protection, counterfeit goods still pose a significant risk to the health of consumers. More than one-quarter of respondents (27%) said they had unwittingly purchased non-genuine consumer goods online. This included everyday items, such as make-up (32%), skincare (25%), supplements (22%) and medication (16%). [Read more ]


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Expert selections

No gloves, they are obviously for the hands… No woollen caps, they are supposed to warm up our hair and ears… As a consequence, our lips must actually go out without any cloth to cover them, so they are the first casualties of periods of cold and climate aggressions. Still, we can protect them! And it is even recommended to keep them supple and soft, preserve them from small cracks, dryness, and discomfort, and keep them real smooth to welcome makeup… or kisses! Go get your own balm, then! But not any of them… [Read more ]


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Cosmetic regulations

The decree No2017-291 of 6 March 2017 prohibiting the placing on the market of rinse-off cosmetic products for exfoliation or cleansing that contain solid plastic particles, has been published in the Official Journal of French Republic on 8 March 2017. [Read more ]


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Focus on French Launches

Of course, electronic devices are not cosmetics, but we cannot but talk about this booming trend set to spread everywhere after summer (cleansing and skincare, massage, hair, and even makeup)… Let’s start with the bad news though: access to high-tech beauty is quite expensive. But the good news is: beauty toys arrive in supermarkets, and prices begin to be more affordable. [Read more ]


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Trends

If summer holidays rhyme with seaside, rest, and beaches, they are also synonymous of sunbathing, which can be harmful for health: in addition to accelerating skin aging, UV rays are determining factors in the appearance of skin cancers. So, to help the public better understand what sun exposure involves – and better manage it – connected objects and applications have recently been developed. [Read more ]


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Dossiers

Endocrine disruptors are substances which are likely to interact with the hormone system, with implications for health, cancer development, and human reproduction. They are everywhere, in particular in cosmetic products, and they both raise a lot of concern and provoke many reactions, whether from the general public or political and health authorities. This dossier provides an update on what should be known about endocrine disruptors. [Read more ]


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Ingredient of the month

Triclosan (2,4,4’-trichloro-2’-hydroxy-diphenylether) is an antibacterial preservative that is also used as a deodorant agent. Long criticised for its harmful effects on health and the environment, it has just been – after several evaluations by European scientific experts – more strictly regulated and its use in cosmetic products has been limited. [Read more ]


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Choosing your cosmetics well

Summer is coming! And that is good news: at last, we can get lightly dressed and show our feet. However, after several months confined in their shoes, suffering the throes of winter, they look a bit sulky. So, before showing off with your sandals, CosmeticOBS has set up a list of 5 habits to be adopted for perfect feet. [Read more ]


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Using your cosmetics well

Shrove Tuesday and other carnivals represent an opportunity for children to dress up. Most often, in addition to sporting a costume, they are keen on wearing makeup to look like their own favourite heroes. If all this is a game, there is a prerequisite: preserve the nature of their skins by not using any product you find in store. [Read more ]


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Learning to read labels

These series of numbers and initials may seem quite obscure, and therefore pretty useless. And yet, if they are mandatory on cosmetics labels, it means they do have role to play, that of giving information. And all consumers can understand and learn how to use them, whenever needed. [Read more ]


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All about babies

Pregnancy is a time for many disruptions, in the mother-to-come body as well as in her daily life habits. This deals also with cosmetic ritual. What precautions are needed? What are the peculiar needs of the skin that shall be answered? Some reminders and advice by the CosmeticOBS-L’Observatoire des Cosmétiques experts to live safely this precious period. [Read more ]


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Cosmetics glossary

The term ‘melanocyte’ is derived from the Greek words melas and kutos, which mean ‘black’ and ‘cell’, and refers to an element constituting the epidermis. It is responsible for the skin colouration. Although they are at the origin of our tan, melanocytes mainly have a preventive function against the harmful effects of too long exposures to the sun. [Read more ]


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Cosmetics in books

Nanobiomaterials in Galenic Formulations and Cosmetics: Applications of Nanobiomaterials is one of the first books on the market related to the application of nanotechnology in galenic formulations and cosmetics. This book provides the results of current research for those working in an applied setting. The advantage of having all this information in one coherent text is the focused nature of the chapters and the ease of which this information can be accessed. [Read more ]


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