Patrick Obukowho, Advantage Research lab, discussed his latest
research on skin care pigmentation. He has formulated and utilized actives
such as "Luminskin," from Sederma to affect epidermal pigmentation.
Luminskin is a Diacetyl boldine in Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, which is
recommended for use in skin lightening creams and lotions. Obukowho says,
"The in-vitro study shows a visible decrease in epidermal pigmentation
of the basal and supra-basal strata. It is an excellent replacement for hydroquinone."
In addition, notes Obukuwho, "I also found that this material in combination
with Shea butter and Shea Natamilk, from Alban Muller, helps to provide long
lasting skin softness and gradual removal of dark spots." He recommends
these actives for ethnic skin care formulae, especially products being designed
to address dark spot removal and skin softness. "The effectiveness of
skin care products is in ingredient selection and formulation approach,"
In the area of hair care, Obukowho notes that tremendous benefit may be gained
with ingredients that have multiple functions, such as hair strengthening
and softening effects. "The everyday grooming practices that are associated
with maintaining and managing ethnic hair will require products that have
effective active ingredients that can display these functions," notes