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Skin Tone and Pigmentation

Published on 2007-02-02. Author : SpecialChem

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," says Obukowho.

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 Obukowho.


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