Personal care

Worldwide launch of HydroSheer from Ashland

Ashland unveils HydroSheer water-resistant sun care formulationsAshland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., has announced its patent-pending HydroSheer sun care formulation is now available to sun care product makers throughout the world. HydroSheer water-resistant sun care formulations apply transparently on skin, even in the presence of water. Ashland developed the formulation after it discovered that hydrophobic film, under special formulating conditions, is miscible in water. The discovery is significant in that consumers may now apply sunscreen on skin that is wet, without unsightly whitening effects typically formed by standard water-resistant sunscreen formulae.

Here comes the sun

Report on sun protection productsDespite the fact that stances towards tanning vary, consumers around the world are seeking to avoid sun damage, with rising levels of awareness driving the sales of sun protection products.

The global sun care market, made up primarily of sun protection, self-tanning and after-sun products, grew by 5.2 per cent in 2010 to reach a value of $7.2 billion a volume of 814.6 million units.

World’s first fluoride toothpaste with Novamin to ‘repair and protect’ against dentine hypersensitivity

Sensodyne Repari and Protect with NovaminGlaxoSmithKline last night introduced South Africans to a scientific breakthrough in dental care. New Sensodyne Repair and Protect with Novamin, is a unique formula with its roots in a technology originally developed to help stimulate bone regeneration.

Harnessing this technology, Sensodyne Repair and Protect acts as a reservoir to help build a new reparative layer over exposed dentine and within the tubules. This layer has a similar chemical composition to hydroxyapatite, mimicking the tooth’s natural composition and strongly binding to the collagen in dentine.

Sun and skin cancer myths

Sun--skin-cancer-mythsResearch shows that up to 90 per cent of cancers are caused by environmental factors. The war on cancer could be won if humans were no longer exposed to environmental carcinogens such as chemicals, viruses, bacteria, UV light and maintained a healthy body weight through a balanced diet and exercise. It is important to know the different carcinogens and avoid being exposed to them in order to reduce your risk of getting cancer.

These are the facts, according to CANSA, but there are many myths…

Poor oral hygiene equals poor health

Poor oral hygiene equals poor healthMost people would be shocked to learn that poor oral hygiene can have devastating effects far beyond bad breath and stained teeth. Serious medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and birth problems have all been associated with poor oral health.

It’s a wonder people have such poor oral health when there are simple steps, such as brushing your teeth, to improve oral hygiene. Recent studies by the State of Victoria Department of Health show that dental admissions are the highest cause of acute preventable hospital admissions and oral health is also the second-most expensive disease group in Australia. Even more shockingly, tooth decay is still over five times more prevalent than asthma among children.

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