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Former Catholic Monk Takes L’Oreal to Court!

A former Roman Catholic monk has sued L’Oréal over the use of the anti-ageing skin care ingredient adenosine, which he says he holds the exclusive license to. Brother Dennis Wyrzykowski of the Teresian Carmelites – a non-profit organisation that was formerly recognised by the Catholic Church until 2008 – launched an anti-ageing facial moisturiser in 2009 called Easamine. Selling Easamine through his for-profit subsidiary Carmel Labs, Wyrzykowski raised funds for the Teresian Carmelites and its charitable programmes. Carmel Labs was given the exclusive license to use adenosine technology, covered by two patents, for all cosmetic applications in 2008. The license agreement arose due to an ongoing relationship between the religious order and Dr James Jobson, Jr, the former Chairman of the Department of Physiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Read full article at CosmeticBusiness.com

Selfie Craze in the Brave New World

  Online communication and social networks have really changed the world—these days you can hold a conference online, have friends anywhere in the world and buy airplane tickets in the middle of the night lying comfortably in your own bed. An unexpected effect of the new communication possibilities was a change in people’s perception of their looks. Psychologists used to anxiously raise awareness of the unnatural beauty standards promoted by the glossy magazines, but today it is becoming quite obvious—even the fashion industry is not omnipotent. People are capable of creating new standards, especially when they can take a close look at Hollywood and Bollywood celebs, as well as a haughty nouveau riche next door. In my professional experience the first sign of the social networks’ growing influence was the increased demand for instant beauty procedures. When I started out, frankly, these sort of beauty treatments were not exactly popular—women were prepared to spend time and money in order to beautify their skin or to reduce cellulite, knowing that it won’t be done in a …

Is Skin Whitening a Racist Concept?

  “An advert for whitening pills by supplement brand Seoul Secret has caused outrage worldwide after using the tagline “white is winning”. The advert promotes Snowz pills which Seoul Secret says will lighten skin within two weeks of use. The video clip, uploaded to YouTube and Facebook yesterday, features 35-year-old Thai model and actress Cris Horwang. In the video she says: “If I stopped taking care of my body and white complexion, all that I have invested will be gone”. After she says this, her skin is shown darkening until it is completely black. A second pale model then appears smiling next to Horwang who looks on enviously and adds: “A newcomer will replace me and turn me into a dark star.” The ad ends with a narrator using the slogan: “white is winning!”” Originally published at: CosmeticBusiness.com On a scale of 1 to 10 how cringe-worthy is this? I’d say, close to 9.5. Sure, the company removed the clip and apologised: they didn’t mean to convey any discriminatory or racist message. I’d still say …

Botox in a Bottle?

Can a cream have the same effect as botox? Right now, that’s a tricky question. In the past, the answer has always been a categorical no. If a beautician or department store sales assistant tries to hit you with the phrase “this is a miracle cream – it’s like botox in a bottle”, don’t believe them. Botulinum toxin injections, or botox as we’ve come to know them, work by paralysing the facial muscles, and so far manufacturers haven’t been able to recreate this effect with topical skincare, in part because the molecules of botulinum toxin solutions are too big to penetrate the skin barrier. Despite all this, there have been mumblings among pioneers in the aesthetics industry that topical botox may not be that far off. A pharmaceutical company in the US, Revance Therapeutics, is currently putting a botulinum toxin gel through stage three clinical trials for treatment of crows’ feet, and is expecting results in 2016. That’s not to say that there aren’t powerful topical products out there that can have a visible effect …