Formulation & Science

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Could racialized beauty norms be causing poor health outcomes?

By Cassandra Stern

Eurocentric beauty standards encourage use of potentially harmful chemical straighteners and skin lighteners, says researchers at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health in partnership with WE ACT for Environmental Justice.

Vitamin C or ascorbic acid offers many skin health benefits when incorporated into topical formulations, from UV damage protection to collagen maintenance [Getty Images]

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The topical promise of vitamin C for skin health: Review

By Kacey Culliney

Topical cosmetic application of vitamin C is more effective than oral supplementation when targeting skin health, but challenges remain around stability and absorption, finds a review.

Kao Corporation says carbonated water improves the efficacy of its curl-loosening technology in shampoo, offering consumers better styling control post-wash [Getty Images]

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Curl power: Kao Corp uses carbonated water to improve active shampoo

By Kacey Culliney

Japanese personal care major Kao Corporation has blended carbonated water into a shampoo formula for curly hair to improve the penetration and effectiveness of its curl-loosening ingredient, offering better style control at the washing stage.