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Finalists Announced for 2012 Cosmetics & Toiletries R&D Awards

Posted: January 18, 2012

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PZ Cussons, for its Charles Worthington Salon at Home Straight & Smooth hair treatment. This kit leaves hair straighter and smoother for up to 40 days. It is based on a treatment containing Cysteamine—an innovative, gentle and effective straightening active that works by re-programming the hair so that its natural tendencies to frizz and curl are prevented, even in humid conditions. The company's patent-pending technology is blended with proteins and argan oil to leave hair looking smoother, healthier and more managable for longer.

Procter & Gamble, for its SK-II Cellumination Mask In-Lotion. This daily use product delivers immediate and long-lasting hydration to the skin, similar to the effects of a substrate mask. In addition, it incorporates active ingredients for skin whitening/pigment control, epidermis thickening and glycation control. By combining these benefits, the lotion aims to holistically whiten the skin. Based on hexapeptide-11, a yeast fermentation lysate, the product was shown in vitro to have a thickening effect on epidermal fibroblasts by up-regulating the genes responsible for collagen and elastin production.


For Best New Ingredient, the finalists are the following (in random order).

Lonza (Arch), for its ReGeniStem Red Rice, an extract from a Himalayan Red Rice meristem culture that has been elicited to promote the expression of secondary metabolites. Targeting DNA methylation, the product decreases the amount of promoter methylation, which normally increases with age, to upregulate the expression of collagen protein. In addition, it upregulates dermatopontin protein expression in keratinocytes—and such expression was previously found only in fibroblasts. An in vivo study revealed the product reduced wrinkles and increased hydration.