Scientific publications

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 white colourant titanium dioxide. The findings have been published in the scientific journal Nanotoxicology. [Read more ]

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July 27, 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... [Read more ]

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June 15, 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... [Read more ]

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May 19, 2016 Scientific publications
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)... [Read more ]

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March 14, 2016 Scientific publications
3 days of 'free-of' cosmetics: less endocrine disruptors in the body!

A new 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... [Read more ]

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March 8, 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. [Read more ]

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October 27, 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... [Read more ]

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October 21, 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... [Read more ]

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October 14, 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... [Read more ]

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July 30, 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 some. And although it is... [Read more ]

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June 17, 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'. [Read more ]

March 5, 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. [Read more ]

October 29, 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... [Read more ]

September 5, 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... [Read more ]

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September 4, 2014 Scientific publications
Polyethylene micro-beads: health risk is unlikely (BfR)

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has researched the question whether dermal absorption or unintentional oral ingestion of PE microplastic particles from cosmetic products pose a health risk. The experts conclude that the use of cosmetic products containing PE microplastic... [Read more ]

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August 26, 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:... [Read more ]

March 11, 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... [Read more ]

January 28, 2014 Scientific publications
Nano ZnO: lack of genotoxic potential

According to a study by South Korean researchers, based on in vitro and in vivo tests, Zinc oxide nanoparticles have no genotoxic potential. The study was published in the scientific journal Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis. [Read more ]

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January 7, 2014 Scientific publications
The missense of smell: No two people smell the same

A difference at the smallest level of DNA -- one amino acid on one gene -- can determine whether you find a given smell pleasant. A different amino acid on the same gene in your friend's body could mean he finds the same odor offensive, according to researchers at Duke University. This... [Read more ]

December 2, 2013 Scientific publications
Cosmetic short news: Guidance CLP

Latest cosmetics news in brief: Guidance CLP - Modification of the CLP regulation - The SCCS revises its Opinion about Methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol - “Belle et Bien” runs to fight cancer - AFNOR: 4 collections of standards about the environmental labeling -... [Read more ]

September 25, 2013 Scientific publications
Mascara: expired, contaminated ... but still in-service!

A Brazilian study surveyed female students, examining their habits about make-up. Conclusion: women tend to continue using expired make-up, and these products are often contaminated by high levels of harmful micro-organisms! Without doubt, what is true in Brazil is likely to be true here, too ... [Read more ]