Technology – The male of the species
Ingredients that suit men\'s growing grooming needs include those for use in lubricating serums and oils, such as silicones and natural and essential oils, anti-inflammatory actives, those to reduce beard regrowth, exfoliants and actives designed to energise the skin
Hair care – Crowning glory
A wide range of sophisticated ingredients have been developed that help to protect and improve the health and appearance of hair, including conditioning agents, esters, silicones and silicone alternatives, styling polymers, natural hair care ingredients and materials that provide thermal protection, aid curl retention, stimulate hair growth or protect hair from colour fade
Ingredients – Preserving alternatives
For formulators looking to move away from established preservatives, alternatives include certain organic acids and their salts, fatty acids, sucrose esters, some natural and essential oils and the use of hurdle technology to disrupt bacterial membranes
Technology – Helping hands
Hands are the most exposed, frequently washed area of the body and as such are prone to dryness and sun exposure. Silicone rich barrier creams and products with a high level of oils and humectants are essential. And active ingredients to minimise the appearance of liver spots are desirable, too. Feet, in contrast, are often encased in footwear and therefore suffer from issues like sweat and odour. Here, the inclusion of antimicrobials in formulations is useful to combat bad smells and fungal infections, as is the use of ingredients to reduce the build up of hard dead skin and to maintain skin\'s flexibility and softness
Skin care technology – smoothing the surface
Ingredients to help mitigate sun damage and related ageing include melanin inhibitors, marine extracts, enzymes, antioxidants and those providing \'instant\' physical effects. This article also covers other materials used in anti-agers such as emulsifiers and emollients
Spa technology – recipe for indulgence
Spa treatments have grown in popularity in recent years, boosted by a wide range of natural ingredients. Trends include globally sourced ingredients channeling Ayurvedia and Chinese therapies, those for pampering bath products like bath bombs and salts, Dead Sea salts and clays, and products for mask and scrub formulations.
Silicones & alternatives – spoilt for choice
Silicones are used in barrier creams, body washes, shampoos, hair conditioners and fixative products. cosmeticsbusiness.com looks at a variety of silicones – including cyclotetrasiloxane and cyclopentasiloxane – plus alternatives for natural, organic and free from products.