www.CosmeticsandToiletries.com Vol. 132, No. 1 | January 2017
Butterflies in my stomach, that’s what I’m feeling. Both excited and nervous. Why? In this issue of
Cosmetics & Toiletries, we’re trying something different. We’re stirring up controversy. Let me explain.
Our cover story, starting on Page 56, is about safer sun protection but not in a way you’re used to. Here,
the authors review data to make you think critically about the safety of traditional sunscreen filters for human
skin and the environment. Then a follow-up piece, in February, will highlight emerging technologies and
concepts that hold promise for entirely new approaches to sunscreens.
No doubt, some of you will disagree with the views presented. But we're here to present research from all
avenues, hopefully to provoke thought and conversation. We present it in the spirit of advancing science.
It's not unlike the shifting mindsets of consumers, which according to the NPD Group, has become more
proactive and less reactive when it comes to managing their well-being. This translates to an emphasis on
health and preventing damage rather than repairing it—a perfect segue to sun protection. And analysts agree,
the sun care market is expected to expand at a CAGR of anywhere from 4% to 6% through the year 2020.
Complementing sun protection is skin barrier maintenance, which on Page 42, is addressed in an article
evaluating two methods to assess TEWL: open and closed chamber. Also, on Page 24, green coffee extract
is explored to "perk up" skin's youth processes, including skin lightening, turn over and barrier
recovery. And what better way is there to ensure well-being than to bolster someone's self-confidence? The article on Page 38 explores this role of cosmetics.
Welcome to the New Year and the new mindset of Cosmetics & Toiletries. We aren’t
retiring our strong tradition of delivering the latest technical advances to further cosmetics
R&D—we’re enhancing it with the element of critical thinking. Enjoy!
Enhanced with Critical Thinking
Rachel L. Grabenhofer
C&T Managing Editor
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