ASCP Skin Deep

MAY | JUNE 2017

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www.ascpskincare.com 19 beautybuzz INDUSTRY NEWS Change is Inevitable Researchers from Lund University in Sweden can now explain how properties of the skin can change depending on the environment. Through a combination of X-ray and microscopy, the team examined changes in the nanostructure inside the skin's barrier fi lm. On a molecular level, they observed how the skin regulates itself according to changes in the environment and the infl uence of food and skin care. As a result, they uncovered the underlying mechanism of the barrier function of the skin. "Our results increase our understanding of skin functions," says Emma Sparr, professor in the Department of Chemistry at Lund. "The results are relevant for the development of cosmetics and pharmaceutical preparations of which certain substances are intended to penetrate the skin." The researchers discovered that by changing external conditions, it is possible to increase or decrease the number of molecules that penetrate the skin. For the full article, visit www.pnas.org/content/113/37/10275.full. Esty Info The latest news—just for you Women Helping Women Dermalogica founder Jane Wurwand recently announced the Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship (FITE) Entrepreneur Accelerator Program, an entrepreneurship education initiative for the salon industry that is set to impact more than 100,000 women and girls over the next three years. Recognizing the projected growth and unique opportunity for women in the beauty industry, the FITE Entrepreneur Accelerator Program will focus on fi lling the business skills gap that currently exists by creating entrepreneurship education to supplement the existing vocational training education. The program will include creating and launching an online resource platform; providing scholarships to a select group of women in the industry for community college online education classes; and hosting a weekend-long boot camp for salon entrepreneurs that will feature business, fi nance, and management workshops. After assessing the fi ndings from these fi rst three phases, Dermalogica will move into the phase four launch of a new education platform with salon-specifi c courses, such as how to retail, balance books, market services, manage a small business, and increase service revenue. To learn more, visit www.dermalogica.com/ social-impact/social-impact,default,pg.html. Benefi cial Bacteria The future of skin care may include lotions that cultivate the skin's benefi cial bacteria and, at the same time, help protect against harmful bacteria that can cause conditions like eczema. In a study led by a team from the University of California, San Diego, and published in Science Translational Medicine, researchers tried to fi gure out how to keep Staphylococcus aureus, the bacteria that causes eczema, in check. By creating a lotion that contained these bacteria, researchers found that the blend greatly reduced the presence of Staphylococcus aureus without aff ecting the existing healthy bacteria. More studies are needed, but initial tests show that future skin care products can work with the body's microbial allies to treat bacterial conditions. See the full article at http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/9/378/eaah4680. Jane Wurwand is the founder of Dermalogica, an American personal care company.

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