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Looking to the Future of Skin Care

By: Leslie Benson
Posted: August 5, 2008, from the August 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Wiechers also says high-tech cosmetics manufacturers are researching the N.I.C.E. (neuro-immuno-cutaneous-endocrine) system, developing products to make more emotion-based claims with the belief that psychological health and the nervous system affect skin’s immunity and the presence of inflammatory skin disorders. He says that of the botanical extracts used as future skin care actives, they will be found in more extreme environments—near hot springs or volcanic faults. “If material can survive there, it can survive almost anywhere,” he says.

But none of this year’s newsmakers are as intriguing as microneedles, which offer the possibility for a new delivery system in the skin care arena. For more on this subject, read “Skin Care Thinks Small to Deliver Big” in the August 2008 issue of GCI magazine.