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Will you please grab the mayo from the fridge? It’s next to the shampoo.

By Stephen Foster, Jenna Blankenship, Rosanna Stokes Running after work has always cleared Paul’s mind. After a run, he looks forward to a post-workout shower followed by a quick meal. He grabs turkey and mayo from the fridge and makes his favorite sandwich. Before he can finish, his daughter pulls him away for a tea party-related crisis. The […]

Explaining Cosmetics Allergens

Did you know that anyone can develop an allergy at any age to virtually any substance? An allergic reaction is the body’s way of responding to an “invader.” When the body senses a foreign substance, called an antigen, the immune system is triggered. The immune system normally protects the body from harmful agents such as […]

Product Sampling in a COVID-19 World

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered our daily lives. Earlier this year, we experienced a complete lockdown/stay at home order as public health officials struggled with how to control this public health crisis. Over time, however, as the trend of new infections has begun to stabilize, many states have loosened lockdown restrictions and stores […]

Protecting Products from Becoming a Microbial Meal

We use many personal care and cosmetics products every day to help us look our best. Virtually all of these products – including shampoos, conditioners, hair styling aids, facial/body lotions, color cosmetics, makeup wipes, etc. – contain a lot of water, which acts primarily as a solvent. The downside of water? Water is the lifeblood […]

Protect Your Health: Use Sunscreen Every Day

As a dermatologist, I recommend everyone – men, women and children older than six months – wear sunscreen every time you go outside, year-round. I know many people only think about sunscreen as the weather gets warmer; and since most of us have been staying indoors at home to help slow the spread of COVID-19, […]

Making Sense of Science

A recent study published in the International Journal of Cancer has triggered a flurry of misguided media activity and possibly consumer concern about a potential association between hair dyes/straighteners and breast cancer. The problem is, association does not equal causation – one does not necessarily lead to the other. The links between coloring/straightening treatments and […]

The Safety of the Fragrances You Love

Scent is an emotional sense. I bet – without difficulty – you can conjure up any number of smells and attach it to a memory: your first perfume, your grandmother’s hand lotion, your father’s aftershave. The fragrances used in these products give pleasure to people around the world who use and enjoy them every day. […]

Where Beauty Meets Science: The Role of R&D Microbiology in Product Formulation

The development of new cosmetics products is an iterative, collaborative, and highly technical process. In order for formulators to create products that deliver the benefits desired by consumers, scientists must first ensure the ingredients are safe. Once its components are determined to be safe and effective, chemists evaluate the physical and chemical stability of the […]

7 Sunscreen Myths Debunked by Beauty Scientists

With temperatures steadily rising across the United States, many people are adding this seasonal must-have to their daily skincare routines and vacation packing lists: sunscreens. Whether it’s using a daily moisturizer and lip balm with SPF or applying a sunscreen head-to-toe before laying poolside, there are a few common misconceptions about sunscreen products that all […]

Halloween Face Products: How to Choose Them and How to Use Them

With Halloween fast approaching, you might be considering the use of some face paint with your or your children’s costumes. Luckily, face paint is regulated the same as your everyday cosmetics – but there are some things to keep in mind when purchasing and using Halloween makeup in order to keep you and your family […]

Counterfeit Cosmetics: Too Good to be True?

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that the value of trade-related counterfeit goods amounts to $461 billion annually across the globe. The proliferation of counterfeit products is a very real problem, posing potential health risks for consumers who purchase and use these products from unreliable vendors. At a minimum, counterfeit cosmetic and personal care products […]

6 Tips to Keep Your Beauty Products Safe

It may seem small, but paying attention to the shelf life and expiration date of your cosmetics and personal care products is important. The shelf life of a personal care product is the period of time a manufacturer recommends their product is best to use. Like the food in your refrigerator, it’s important to take […]