Congress reports

Attention is often drawn to the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays on the skin and health. At the Sun Protection Conference held in London on June 6-7, 2017, Professor Robyn Lucas, epidemiologist at the Australian National University (ANU), highlighted the other, more beneficial side of sun exposure, pleading for a better balance between shade and sun to keep healthy. In addition, she recommended adjusting the prevention messages issued to the public. [Read more ]
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January 2, 2017 Congress reports
A history of sun protection in 15 dates

At the 3rd CosmeticDays organized by Cosmed, Estelle Loing, Biologist at Lucas Meyer Cosmetics, presented a short history of sun protection in cosmetics. Apart from short periods, humans have always had a tendency to protect themselves from the effects of the sun on the skin. But our means to do... [Read more ]

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August 1, 2016 Congress reports
Beauty and data: the tracking business

As products and customer relationships are getting more and more personalized, data is one of the main concerns of cosmetics brands. Social networks, mobile apps, web browsing… all consumer behaviours can be tracked, recorded, and analyzed to increase brands’ performances. A round... [Read more ]

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July 11, 2016 Congress reports
Yes, you are beautiful!

How do you perceive beauty? If you are like most women, you must be quite negative about it. And to say the least, it is a shame, because your confidence in your own beauty has an impact on your wellness and many aspects of your daily life, and it also influences your children. And this negative... [Read more ]

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June 6, 2016 Congress reports
Biodiversity, a tool to enhance brands’ image

Preserving biodiversity has become both a moral obligation towards our planet and a regulatory requirement, since the Nagoya Protocol was signed, as soon as genetic resources are used to develop new products. But it can also be an opportunity for brands - including cosmetics - to enhance their... [Read more ]

November 16, 2015 Congress reports
A look back on the milestones of anti-aging innovation

What are the key dates in anti-aging innovation? Which product families have contributed to shaping this market? At the Cosmetic360 show, Jean Claude Le Joliff, President of the Cosmétothèque, presented a conference to make an update on the state of the art in cosmetology,... [Read more ]

November 9, 2015 Congress reports
Levers in cosmetics innovation

Today, there are multiple sources of innovation in cosmetics, driven by our lifestyles, the study of the microbiome, aesthetic medicine, cutting-edge technologies, connected objects… Claudie Willemin, President of the IFSCC, presented a conference at the Cosmetic 360 show to make an... [Read more ]

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November 4, 2015 Congress reports
Natural cosmetics: the young generation’s call

The two-day 2015 Naturkosmetic Branchencongress held in Berlin, Germany, last October 6-7, was an opportunity to make an update on the natural cosmetics market and its future prospects. It focused on the increasing power of the new Generation Y consumers. [Read more ]

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September 30, 2015 Congress reports
How pollution disturbs the skin

Should we give credit to cosmetics claimed to be ‘anti-pollution’? Maybe we should, if they contain the right ingredients for it. Indeed, what is now for certain is that poor environmental conditions have a real negative impact on the skin’s condition. In a conference presented... [Read more ]

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May 5, 2015 Congress reports
The sillage of a fragrance

The second Olfaction & Perspectives congress held by Cosmetic Valley, ISIPCA, and the Paris-Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry left a lingering scent with its participants. The definition of sillage, the conditions for perceiving it, and the methods available to measure and... [Read more ]

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December 2, 2014 Congress reports
Sustainable cosmetics: the impact of consumers

Sustainable development is not just the responsibility of product manufacturers. All players throughout the chain have a role to play, from raw material suppliers to formulators, from carriers to distributors, down to consumers. And one of the challenges the cosmetics industry is facing today is... [Read more ]

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November 25, 2014 Congress reports
Measuring the psychosocial influence of cosmetics

Cosmetic products cannot be evaluated in terms of efficacy or safety alone. A lot of research now focuses on sensory analysis techniques, which identify, characterize, and quantify the emotional effects of beauty and personal care products. At the IFSCC’s 28th congress, several works were... [Read more ]

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November 18, 2014 Congress reports
Cosmetics and sustainable development: everyone wins!

Beauty and Society: this was one the themes dealt with at the 28th IFSCC congress held last October 27-30 in Paris, with a whole day of conferences ending with a symposium organized by L’Oréal on the same topic… Or how the cosmetics sector is becoming aware of its... [Read more ]

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October 27, 2014 Congress reports
Different forms of alopecia and treatment

Daily hair loss is normal. But when you lose too much hair, too regularly or all of a sudden, there is a problem. Not all hair loss is caused by the same thing, and treatments vary. At Cosmed's 14th Day of Scientific and Technical Exchanges, Alexandre Guichard, of the Besançon university... [Read more ]

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October 21, 2014 Congress reports
Vegan, the growing trend that knows better

Vegan. This word was frequently brought up as an integral part of the criteria to be respected at the Natural and Organic Cosmetics Conference hosted last October 7-8, 2014 in Berlin. What is it about? Is it an epiphenomenon exclusively related to Germany or an emerging trend set to spread... [Read more ]

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October 20, 2014 Congress reports
How well do you know your hair?

Did you know that humans have four different kinds of hair? And that women have just as much body hair as men? That androgens make beards grow and cause baldness? And that we still don’t fully understand the lifecycle of hair? At the 14th Day of Scientific and Technical Exchanges, put on... [Read more ]

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September 23, 2014 Congress reports
Which value(s) for the Made in France label?

Within the context of the crisis and uncertainties regarding the future, the Made in France label is attracting renewed interest: more and more brands highlight it and want to make it a marketing tool. Yet how do consumers view it? How does it influence the buying act? This was the subject of a... [Read more ]

September 17, 2014 Congress reports
Scrubs: alternatives to polyethylene

The polyethylene microbeads contained in our cosmetic products are controversial because of their environmental impact. They are not biodegradable, and they end up into the ocean, ingested by fish. A few alternatives are now available: Charles-Henri Morice, Ingredient Product Manager at... [Read more ]

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July 8, 2014 Congress reports
Eye-tracking, the marketing tool that helps see things clearer

How can advertisements, packaging, web pages be optimized… to make sure essential messages are well-received by their target? How can weak points be tracked down, and how can what works and what doesn’t be seen? What if you discovered eye-tracking? This technique was presented by... [Read more ]

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July 1, 2014 Congress reports
Natural cosmetics: state of affairs and prospects

At its general meeting of 17 June in Paris, the Cosmébio association held several conferences to shed light on the context that surrounds natural cosmetics. Ewa Grigar, a Research and Marketing Manager at Kline & Company, a market research group, went over the state of affairs for the... [Read more ]

June 23, 2014 Congress reports
The future of fragrance according to industry leaders

From last 10 to 12 June in Deauville, at the biennial World Perfumery Congress, the major players in perfumery came together to take stock of the industry. Amanda Ménage attended the event for CosmeticOBS. Ambiance, challenges, discussions, and key points... [Read more ]