Tuesday 3 July


Happiness & Wellbeing

08:30 – 09:15       Registration

09:15 - 09:30

Opening Welcome

09:30 - 10:00

Skin, Life, The Universe and Everything

Approximately 3 billion people living in remote areas of 127 developing countries are deprived of even the most basic dermatological care. Concurrently, there is chronic and acute shortage of clean water (through seasonal variation or climate change) and the effects of poverty and strife. As a consequence, skin conditions can constitute approximately 30-50% of all disease encountered in rural areas in the developing world. They are not generally characterised by high mortality rates and so receive very little funding. Because most conditions can be traced back to failed stratum corneum barrier function, however, most skin conditions can be prevented and treated with an astonishing degree of success, using low-cost, sustainable materials…  the majority of which are staple to cosmetic formulation. This presentation will investigate this silent modern tragedy and the hope offered by technology familiar to us all, drawing on the author’s own experiences across the last 10 years in Africa.

10:00 - 10:30

Is Better-Ageing the New Anti-Ageing? “Green” as a Way to a Holistic Concept of Ageing

For many years cosmetic scientists have been focusing their efforts in delivering the ultimate anti-ageing product. But what is the true meaning of “anti-ageing”? Is this not a contradiction in terms? Should cosmetic products not tackle different aspects of “ageing”, including for example emotions and stress? What is the role of the brain in the process of skin ageing? How does the brain affect the skin?

The Author will present a case study showing how the development of innovative & sustainable natural ingredients led to the creation of topical products that offer a more holistic approach to “better-ageing”.

10:30 - 11:00

Personal Care Leading in Sustainability

The presentation will take an overview of the way personal care has furthered the sustainability agenda with industry leading programmes, increased use of 3rd party certification schemes and transparency.

11:30 - 12:00

Beauty Products, Neurosciences and the Brain – Their Role in Making You Feel Good

Understanding consumers for innovative beauty products thanks to neurosciences, or how beauty products act on the brain and provide new emotions.

12:00 - 12:30

Ageing Gracefully – Improve Your Quality of Life and Feel Happier in Your Skin At Any Age, Meet AquaxtremTM. Our volunteers feel happier!

We have evaluated how happier our volunteers feel after using our moisturising active Aquaxtrem™, learn how !!

The main concern regarding personal care, for people aged 55+ is dry/flaky skin. It is not only a question of image, but it also can have a negative impact on their quality of life, because it can generate feelings of discomfort, tightness and pruritus.

With the hydrating power of Aquaxtrem™, that stimulates the own mechanisms of the skin to balance its moisture, we make people more comfortable and happier in their skin.

The new in vivo tests performed demonstrate how seniors feel the skin more comfortable using Aquaxtrem™ and it has a positive impact in their well-being.

It is possible to measure this sense of "comfort" using FACS analysis (Facial Action Coding System). FACS is based on analysis of the face's micro expressions.

Using a formula exclusively developed for the Provital Group, the results show how our volunteers increased their happiness 3,6 points over 5 possible, hydrating the skin and reducing the discomfort.

12:30 - 13:00

Allergy Risk Management in Consumers

The only route for consumers sensitised to individual substances to prevent adverse reactions is avoidance. Allergic reactions can be elicited following dermal, respiratory or oral exposure to the allergen to which they are sensitised. Accompanying psychological and social dimensions of living with allergy produce a significant adverse impact on consumers quality of life. Strategies for minimising exposure to known allergens and for provision of meaningful risk communication to avoid eliciting adverse reactions appear poorly aligned between the food and cosmetics/personal care industries. The consumer and their allergy are the same, but the allergen information provided on cosmetic/personal care products is unclear for the food allergic consumer, and formulation strategy and choice of ingredients do not appear to consider impacts for consumers sensitised to food allergens. Integrating food allergic consumers as an at-risk group into cosmetic risk assessment and cosmetovigilance, and aligning risk communication terminology should improve their quality of life.

13:00 - 13:30

Which Products are Suitable for People Affected by Allergy?

We estimate 21 million people in the UK live with allergic disease. For people living with allergy certain ingredients in the everyday products we use can cause problems.

Allergy UK is the leading patient charity for people living with allergy and we partner with companies to promote products that benefit people affected by allergy.

The Seal of Approval™ logo is used for marketing and promoting products which are suitable for people affected by allergy and also for products with significantly reduced allergen content.  We would expect these products to have been tested to demonstrate their tolerance and skin compatibility, thus proving their suitability to meet our high standards.

As we are a charity advised by healthcare professionals, we can only be associated with products which have been reviewed in line with our protocols and standards.


13:30 Lunch Break & Table Top Exhibition


Safety at the Forefront

14:30 - 15:00

IBR Natural Ingredients for Detoxification and Protection Against Pollution and Sun

Environmental pollutants including heavy metals and other toxic compounds such as PAHs and aldehydes are increasingly abundant in our urbanized and industrialized environments.

Pollutants are known to have detrimental effects on our skin and body altogether and lead to various illnesses such as respiratory diseases, headaches, asthma, skin rashes and more.

In particular, the initial effects on our appearance are early signs of aging including: wrinkles, pigmentation spots, disrupted barrier, overall dryness and skin imperfections.

A major unmet need of the industry is for effective, natural and safe means to protect the body and the skin against pollution to which it is exposed daily.

Multiple ways to protect, prevent, reverse and repair pollution damage are presented as solutions that come to address one or more of these aspects and demonstrated in the presentation.

15:00 - 15:30

Causality Assessment: Is My Itchy Rash for Real?

The Causality Assessment is an integral part of the cosmetovigilance process developed by Cosmetics Europe, the European cosmetic industry trade association.

The Cosmetics Europe Cosmetovigilance Guideline describes two different methods for performing the Causality Assessment process, each of which arrives at a common endpoint.  The presentation will describe the detail of why a Causality Assessment has to be performed, how each process is conducted to achieve the common endpoint and finally the fate of the outcome obtained.

15:30 - 16:00

Cosmetics, ‘Friend Or Foe’

Cosmetic products are placed in contact with the external human body and are designed to have functions that include cleaning, perfuming, changing appearance, correcting body odour, protecting and keeping the body in good condition. They should do no harm. However, epidemiological surveys in the UK have shown that up to 23% women and 14% of men experience an adverse reaction to a cosmetic or personal care product over the course of a year. Although most reactions are mild, studies have shown that up to 10% of patients attending Dermatology clinics who are patch tested, are allergic to cosmetic ingredients, including fragrances, preservatives, PPD, UV filters and (meth)acrylates. This talk will be largely a clinical presentation looking at the spectrum of cosmetic reactions, including contact allergy and the underlying mechanisms of reactivity.

16:30 - 17:00

Physavie® – Skin Protected Against Thermal Ageing

For a long time, photoaging was recognised as the exclusive result of Ultraviolet Rays exposure, but in recent years scientific studies have shown the importance of Infrared Radiation (IR) and Visible Light (VL) in the appearance of premature wrinkles. IR is also a major contributor to Thermal Ageing phenomenon.

Physavie®, developed by Chemyunion, is a plant-derived active obtained through supercritical extraction, a top-of-the-line green chemistry technology, which allows obtaining highly concentrated, solvent-free extracts and meeting all requirements for an environmentally-sustainable product.

It represents an innovative solution for treatment and prevention of the damages caused by IR, capable of reducing main photoaging key factors, such as inflammation and extracelular matrix (ECM) degradation.

Physavie® consists on a novel strategy for integral action against photoaging. It can be used in photo protectors, several anti-aging agents and products targeted to sensitive skin. The suggested use level: 0.5%

17:00 - 17:30

Future Gazing: Where Next for In Vitro Testing?

In vitro methods are now in widespread use for regulatory safety testing around the world. In many cases, they are now established as the default rather than the alternative approach, so it’s timely to ask, “where next?”

In vitro technologies offer so much more than regulatory compliance, and when used wisely, can provide the competitive edge, from ensuring that formulations are fully optimised before proceeding to human in vivo studies, to providing detailed mechanistic efficacy data for claim support purposes.

This engaging presentation will examine case studies from some early-adopters who are taking the application of in vitro data to the next level; present an update on XCellR8’s research project on improving the way mildness can be assessed; and consider the feasibility of applying exciting new techniques to the cosmetics of the future. Gene arrays, microbiome analysis and even personalised screening – what else is possible?

17:30 - 18:00

There’s A Whole World Out There: Strategies To Embrace Global Trends

We live in exciting, connected times in the beauty industry. With 21st century communications comes the opportunity to tap into trends around the world and offer consumers exciting new products, formats and claims. Over the last few years, we have seen how quickly Asian beauty products (from BB creams to K Beauty, J Beauty and beyond) have caught consumers imagination. In addition, the upturn in interest in healthy living, whether through fitness monitoring, clean eating or the impact of environmental factors on our health have become major global topics. How do we meet these rapidly evolving and seemingly diverse trends bombarding product developers? How do we make novel engaging claims without needing a budget more suitable for a moon landing? In this talk, I will discuss how we can break down trends into the impact on appearance and devise cost effective strategies to generate new and engaging claims that can be applied to a range of product types.

18:00 - 18:15

Closing Remarks

  18:15 – 19:00     Networking Drinks Reception