Personal care

Man in the mirror

ShowerReports have revealed that men continue to discover the benefits of maintaining a good personal care regime, as the market for personal care products for men continues to grow at a rapid pace. PHARMACEUTICAL & COSMETIC REVIEW explores the reasons behind the demand, and what men really want and need. 

Keratin alternative for stronger, healthier hair

Different ethnicity hair typesThese days, having beautiful hair has a multitude of meanings for consumers. While the concept is influenced by factors such as ethnicity, regional concerns and trends, gorgeous locks are always synonymous with strong, healthy looking hair.

Worldwide launch of HydroSheer from Ashland

Ashland unveils HydroSheer water-resistant sun care formulationsAshland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., has announced its patent-pending HydroSheer sun care formulation is now available to sun care product makers throughout the world. HydroSheer water-resistant sun care formulations apply transparently on skin, even in the presence of water. Ashland developed the formulation after it discovered that hydrophobic film, under special formulating conditions, is miscible in water. The discovery is significant in that consumers may now apply sunscreen on skin that is wet, without unsightly whitening effects typically formed by standard water-resistant sunscreen formulae.

The edge of innovation

Type-5-ethnic-hairThe biggest challenge in Ethnic beauty care is research and development. Catering to multicultural consumers requires product development for a much broader range of hair and skin types. Ethnic skin is better adapted to the sun, but when exposed to a cold, dry climate it loses its protective hydrolipidic film and natural radiance. The skin type requires special care, including moisturisation, sebum control, and smoothing products.

Here comes the sun

Report on sun protection productsDespite the fact that stances towards tanning vary, consumers around the world are seeking to avoid sun damage, with rising levels of awareness driving the sales of sun protection products.

The global sun care market, made up primarily of sun protection, self-tanning and after-sun products, grew by 5.2 per cent in 2010 to reach a value of $7.2 billion a volume of 814.6 million units.

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