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Among others you find here publications about the protection against harmful substances emitted on the workplace or from the environment.


Cooperation is everything – cosmetics and the skin microbiome

Microorganisms perform extensive metabolic feats that depend on their individual enzyme equipment. They absorb substances, digest them and produce others, which they store or release to the outside world.

Enjoyment without regret: Light damage – prevention & regeneration

In moderate doses, sunlight stimulates our organism and psyche. In too high doses, UV radiation causes the skin to age prematurely and light damage to occur. Read below how these can be avoided or treated.

10 major skin care errors in the cold season

Year after year the same situation at the end of autumn: leisure activities retreat indoors, sports activities are gradually reduced, heating period begins and the light comes from artificial sources. And every year we are caught off guard that the skin also reacts to the new situation, sometimes...

Can shower-baths be bad for your skin?

How often can you enjoy a shower bath without harming your skin? This obviously simple question just cannot be answered with another simple sentence. Actually it can’t be answered at all since it is wrongly asked. The following article shows why.

Keeping the intruders at bay - viral and bacterial infections acquired through skin and mucous membranes

Infections can then develop when bacteria, fungi, viruses and Co. penetrate the skin barrier or the mucous membranes. Only after conquering these obstacles, the intruders can attack the internal structures of the body. What are the factors that facilitate or complicate the process, though? What can...

Anti-pollution cosmetics

Stricter laws have led to a drop of environmental pollution in Germany in the past decades. By the same token, the individual sensitivity to harmful environmental influences has been on the increase. Besides the products for skin protection, also "detox" cosmetics have become established today. An...

Eight questions on sun protection

"What kind of sun cream would you recommend for me?" and "What is important when purchasing sun creams?" Your customers probably often ask such kind of questions during summer season. We have interviewed Dr Hans Lautenschläger on the effects and the ingredients of sun creams. So you are prepared for...

Don't take risks! - Skin protection in beauty institutes

Manual work, mechanical strain and the contact with various substances: if these characteristics are typical for your workplace, you are more likely to suffer from skin reactions and dermatoses. Protect yourself!

Sun protection: on the efficiency of UV filters

Whenever the skin is exposed to bright sunlight, the natural protective mechanisms of the skin will no longer be sufficient. Sun protection creams are inevitable in order to protect the skin against the negative effects of UV radiation. How do the UV filters in sun protection creams work and how...

Fats and oils in cosmetics - Mother Nature versus petrochemicals?   (long version)

Fats and oils are important ingredients of skin care. The properties of hydrocarbons and silicones are compared with vegetable and synthetic triglycerides. The influences on skin recovery and long term effects are described. The present literature is reviewed from the physiological point of view.

Oils and fats in cosmetic products - Mother Nature contra petrochemical industry?

A subject that has launched controversial discussions over and over again is the use of mineral oil based hydrocarbons in cosmetic products. Above all in the cold season it gains importance as the skin is sensitive to cold and dry air and should therefore be protected with re-fattening substances....

Skin care for cosmeticians - new developments in skin care

The latest amendments in the German Cosmetic Directive (KVO) have shed some light on the ingredients of cosmetic products. As Dr. Hans Lautenschläger explained in his lecture held at the 5th Professional Training on Dermatology and Cosmetics in Munich, declarations regarding the ingredients (INCI)...

Radical scavengers as active agents: facts, new aspects and future perspectives

In cosmetics as well as in medicine active agents against free radicals have ranked among the top-rated substances for quite some years. Every now and then there are new substances on the market which are even more effective in scavenging free radicals. How do radicals come into being, what are...

Protect your skin too

Besides all the efforts of caring for the skin of the clients, the skin protection of the cosmeticians should not be neglected. Day in, day out, the cosmetician gets into contact with the products she uses for the treatments. High-quality products are useful which also protect the skin of the...

Progress in occupational skin protection

The number of occupational dermatoses is increasing although the workplace safety regarding the materials and substances used has constantly been improved. Thus, skin protection at the workplace and an effective skin care become the focal point of interest.

Nitrosamines in cosmetic products - risk of skin problems?

For quite some time now print media and radio stations have been informing that a multitude of cosmetic products contain carcinogenic nitrosamines. The reports are based on random sample results of some State Health Agencies in Germany. The point here is whether an already known problem has now...

Skin protection for the hands of strong men

The acceptance of skin protection and skin care especially designed for activities in humid conditions (e.g. metal industry, construction industry, hairdressers) and workplaces where oils are used (e.g. oil industry, automotive industry, mechanical engineering) among the individuals affected is...

Membrane-containing barrier creams - protecting the skin with skin-related substances

Skin care products should primarily support the protective function of the stratum corneum and, if needed, also assist in the recovery process. Accordingly these products should be called barrier creams; however this technical term rather is used in combination with skin protective products. The...

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