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How women can look younger and feel better featured in Sept. 8 symposium

American Chemical Society


NEW YORK, Sept. 8 -- Bold new products enhancing a woman's natural beauty and fighting off the beast of aging have hit the market in the 21st century. They are designed to make women look good and feel even better. A close look at a long-lasting "flexible mesh" lip color, new anti-wrinkle creams, and silicones used to brighten cosmetic colors will be among the featured topics in a daylong symposium, "Innovations in Women's Health and Products." The symposium, sponsored by the Women Chemists Committee, will be held during the 226th meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

The symposium begins at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 8, at the Hilton New York, Concourse E. Highlights of the women's products segment of the program are described below.

  • Advances in silicone technology for cosmetics: the science of tactile sensation and the magic of color -- Tania C. Sa Dias of Dow Corning do Brasil Ltda, Sao Paulo, Brazil, says silicones are being used in color cosmetics to make them non-oily. Not only do these more natural cosmetics look better, but also they feel better on your skin. (Sa Dias paper, WCC 10, will be presented at 1:55 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8, at the Hilton New York, Concourse E.)

  • Topical ingredients to deliver anti-aging benefits -- Donald L. Bissett of the Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, says that while laser resurfacing, chemical peel and trans-retinoic acid can improve the appearance of aging skin, they also can make the skin more sensitive and irritated. Several topical agents have been created to sooth the skin and these have been incorporated into the latest anti-aging skin care products. (Bissett's paper, WCC 11, will be presented at 2:20 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8, at the Hilton New York, Concourse E.)

  • Longer lasting lip colors -- Gerald Cantey of the Proctor & Gamble Company, Ross, Ohio, says the major problem with lipsticks and lip-glosses has been that they wear off too quickly. Researchers have developed a "flexible mesh," consisting of silicone polymers, colorants and volatile oil, which resists abrasion, rubbing and kissing. Consequently, the lip color product containing this mesh can last up to 10 hours. (Cantey's paper, WCC 15, will be presented at 3:45 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8, at the Hilton New York, Concourse E.)

  • Antiperspirant helps sooth irritation from underarm shaving -- Paula Kemery of Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, says many women experience painful underarm irritation from shaving or from using various products. A new provitamin form of pantothenic acid, panthenyl triacetate, has been added to an antiperspirant and this product has shown significant success in soothing women's underarms. (Kemery's paper, WCC 16, will be presented at 4:10 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8, at the Hilton, New York, Concourse E.)

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