Approved skin lightener - tranexamic acid is effective against pigmented spots and redness
Eight questions on sun protection

"What kind of sun cream would you recommend for me?" and "What is important when purchasing sun creams?" Your customers probably often ask such kind of questions during summer season. We have interviewed Dr Hans Lautenschläger on the effects and the ingredients of sun creams. So you are prepared for all kinds of questions on this issue.
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Asking the expert: Any potent active agents to treat excessive sweating?
Aluminium - a much-discussed element

For some time past there has been much discussion on aluminium containing antiperspirants and deodorants. Many of us are not aware that aluminium also is a component of hygiene products and many other cosmetic preparations and that it is ubiquitous in our environment - literally wherever we go.

Aluminium is associated with lightweight constructions such as airplanes, cars or bicycles, with conductor elements, aluminium wrap, food packaging or aluminium tubes. Just to mention some examples for the versatile use of aluminium. The silvery and matte light metal seems to be indestructible as it protects itself by a thin oxide layer and it doesn’t corrode like iron. The non-metallic compounds of aluminium in the form of oxides and salts determine the shape of our earth unlike any other element. Aluminium is the most frequent element in the Earth’s crust.
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So small and subtle - nanoparticles from solid to liquid

The ingredients of nanodispersions can partly replace pharmaceutical active agents - often with the same efficiency. Hence they are ideal base substances for cosmeceuticals.

Nanodispersions, or in other words, liquids containing nano-sized particles are widely used for skin care purposes but also in dermatological cosmetics and in modular form for corneotherapeutic treatments.
Nanodisperse lipids and oils provide excellent haptic properties. Thus, unpleasantly oily and greasing components can be transferred into sprayable aqueous lotions that penetrate into the skin within a few seconds. Water-soluble active agents, particularly those with high polarity are encapsulated into liposomes to become available for the skin; liposomes also belong to the nanodispersions.
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Antioxidants and radical scavengers - too much is too much
Membrane-containing barrier creams - protecting the skin with skin-related substances

Skin care products should primarily support the protective function of the stratum corneum and, if needed, also assist in the recovery process. Accordingly these products should be called barrier creams; however this technical term rather is used in combination with skin protective products. The following report deals with today’s barrier creams and their benefits for the modern skin care.
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Ageing Across the Years

From the moment we are born our cells begin to age. This is a natural process and cannot be stopped. There is, however, much we can do to slow the signs of ageing. External free radicals are probably the biggest contributor to premature ageing. However, it should be noted that the skin itself produces free radicals as a part of its normal function. Free radicals are responsible for oxidative stress. Oxidative stress damages cells and slows down regeneration. As we begin to age, our in-built anti-oxidant coping systems slow and eventually begin to fail. This is when damage can accumulate. The higher the level of exposure to external damage (sun, environment, poor diet etc), the higher the level of free radicals in the body becomes and as such, the ageing process will quicken. The chronological age of our cells has a huge influence on the condition of the skin. Poor skin health will be reflected in the skin’s texture, colour and secretions. Of paramount importance for skin at any age is ensuring adequate protection from the harmful rays of the sun.
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Skin & hormones

INTERVIEW - We (Beauty Forum) asked Dr. Hans Lautenschläger to explain how hormones influence the skin and what kind of skin care you could apply in the case of hormone-induced skin conditions. The scientist gives an insight into the use and effects of hormonally active substances and the reactions they trigger in the body.
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