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Moisturizing duo

BY Antoinette Alexander

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Skin care brand Amlactin from Upsher-Smith has announced that there’s a new power couple in town: alpha-hydroxy acids and essential ceramides. Enter Amlactin Cerapeutic Restoring body lotion.

Making its retail debut at select Walmart and Walgreens stores, Amlactin Cerapeutic contains the patented ultraplex formula to gently exfoliate, as well as three skin-identical ceramides that work together to strengthen skin’s protective moisture barrier for softer, more resilient skin.

The Amlactin Alpha-Hydroxy Skin Care line includes Amlactin Moisturizing body lotion; Amlactin Cerapeutic Restoring body lotion; Amlactin Ultra Hydrating body cream, formerly Amlactin XL; and Amlactin foot cream.

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Dry shampoo sales on rise as consumers opt for convenience

BY Antoinette Alexander

Dry shampoos may not necessarily be a new innovation, and usage is far from that of traditional shampoo, but don’t underestimate this niche as dry shampoo introductions are on the rise around the globe, according to recent data.

According to new research from Mintel Beauty & Personal Care, dry shampoo introductions accounted for just 1% of global shampoo launch activity in 2008, but by 2012 it accounted for 3%. It also is on track to surpass 2012 levels in 2013.

Looking to bolster consumer uptake, manufacturers are increasingly incorporating into their dry shampoo launches convenience attributes like time/speed claims and such beauty-enhancing claims as illuminating.

In 2012, British celebrity hair stylist Lee Stafford brought to the United States the Pink Range line of products, which includes a dry shampoo. The Lee Stafford Original Dry Shampoo contains a higher quality of powder made from corn starch, not rice starch, and goes in and out of hair easily to remove odors, blast oily roots and add volume back into lifeless locks. The versatile spray also can be used to add additional volume and texture to clean hair.

Earlier this year, Nexxus Salon Hair Care launched two new product collections — New Youth Renewal and Hydra-Light — which include the brand’s first-ever dry shampoo.

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Skin care oils boast natural benefits

BY Antoinette Alexander

Whether it is argan oil, jojoba oil, olive oil or kukui oil, incorporating oil into a skin care regimen is one of the hottest beauty trends.

In fact, according to a recent blog post, titled "You Look Like Sisters!" by research company NPD Group, in prestige skin care alone, sales of facial oils in 2012 grew by double digits over 2011, and more than doubled since 2008.

There’s no doubt that manufacturers are heeding the call to bring to market this multi-use magic in a bottle. One such example is Crème of Nature, which recently introduced its 100% Pure Argan Oil for skin and hair.

Beauty brand Derma E has developed its Skin, Hair and Nail Oil with organic argan and jojoba oils, plus kukui oil, for an all-body treatment.

There also is the new Silktage Clear Glow from Emtage Beauty. This all-natural multipurpose cleansing oil combines the powers of argan, camellia and red palm oil with the detoxifying properties of castor seed, broccoli seed and other botanical oils to dissolve makeup, dirt and impurities without leaving skin feeling tight or dry.

There also is Bio-Oil, a skin care oil that hails from South Africa and is infused with the breakthrough ingredient purcellin oil. It is formulated to help improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone.

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