A team of researchers from two Chinese institutes have questioned the validity of the existing research undertaken on Asian herbs for skin whitening applications, concluding that the ingredients were “too complex to obtain reliable results”.
Skin whitening has been a mega trend in Asia for a number of years now, but with questions over the safety of some ingredients and several skin whitening campaigns causing uproar, the dynamics of the category look set for change.
Thai skin care player Seoul Secret has received backlash for a skin-whitening beauty-from-within campaign after it went viral for featuring actress, Cris Horwang attributing her success to her pale complexion alongside a "whiteness makes you win"...
Several reports claim that 14 women in central Japan filed a lawsuit on Monday with the Nagoya District Court seeking upwards of 100 million yen in damages from Kanebo Cosmetics, saying their skin broke out in white blotches after using the company's...
With the global skin lightening market predicted to reach up to $10 billion by 2015, it's fair to say that Asia likes its brightening creams, but have brands gone too far, encouraging women to bleach the most intimate areas?
Japanese cosmetics company Kanebo has released new safety guidelines for its products, in a move which suggests it is looking to start distancing itself from the saga of its rhododenol-containing skin whitening products, which have, to-date, damaged the...
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It seems the skin whitening obsession in India may have reached its limits. According to marketing research firm Nielsen, the Indian skin whitening cosmetics market experienced a 4.5 per cent negative growth in sales volume in 2012.
Public interest group the EcoWaste Coalition, has announced to its dismay, that despite efforts to rid the Philippine markets of mercury laden cosmetics, the toxic products continue to be sold in many stores in Manila and Cubao in Quezon City.
The Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) list of banned cosmetics featuring mercury has expanded from 50 to 71, after the illegal products were discovered over the period of January 2010 to November of this year.
The Bali National Drug and Food Monitoring Agency (BPOM) is warning consumers to be more cautious when buying cosmetics after finding in a recent operation, a large number of illegal traditional beauty products.
Despite a government ban on cosmetics containing mercury being sold in the Phillipines, a public interest group claims to have found 11 brands of skin whitening products containing mercury still available in stores.
An Indian company promoting a shower gel product that provides freshness and ‘fairness’ for more intimate areas has sparked widespread debate and controversary amongst the media and bloggers alike with an advert for its 'clean & dry intimate...
The global skin lightening market is predicted to reach $10 billion by 2015, driven by new markets in the West and sustained growth in Asia-Pacific, a report by Global Industry Analysts (GIA) has revealed.
A UK based couple has been fined for selling skin whitening
products that contain banned ingredients which are harmful to
consumer health, in a failed bid to capitalise on the ever growing
consumer desire for lightened skin.
Nutricosmetics is again making innovative inroads, with Israeli
company IBR targeting an oral use ingredient designed for skin
whitening and brightening process - a market that is huge in Asia
and is now gathering pace in Europe.