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Nanos penetrate sun-damaged skin

Nanoparticles can more easily penetrate sun-damaged skin than healthy skin, according to recent research. Scientists at the University of Rochester in Minnesota conducted the animal tests using commercially available nanoparticles on mice with moderate sunburn. Although the researchers did not use the same nanoparticles that are contained in sunscreens, the nanoparticles they chose are currently being considered for use in beauty products. And the nanoparticles used in the study were similar in size to the metal-oxide nanos currently used in some sunscreens on the market. The research led the authors of the study to conclude that skin condition may be important regarding the safety of nanotechnology and should be further investigated.

Finally, good news for supplements sales

In 2007, the overall supplements market was worth $6.1 billion, up 7.5 percent from 2006, according to a market report from Packaged Facts. The report, Nutritional Supplements in the U.S., said that despite last year's climate of economic downturn, condition-specific supplements got consumers attention—and dollars. Also, baby boomers shopping for products to promote health and longevity added to sales. Multivitamins remain the most popular, followed by calcium, fish oil and vitamin C. The group foresees the upward trend to continue, with sales forecasted to climb 39 percent from 2007 to 2012, reaching $8.5 billion. Packaged Facts said that baby boomers' interest and the preventative health benefits associated with supplements will protect the segment from a sluggish economy.

It's for, ya know, your man junk

Just when you thought there was a beauty product for everything, came one more—intimate cleansing wash for men. Entrepreneur Joe Rowett created the product to fill the "gaping hole in men's personal hygiene". The products' botanicals, including tea tree oil, aloe vera and totarol, an antibacterial oil from New Zealand's totara tree, will fight bacteria buildup and odor, the company said. Considering that Euromonitor International reported that the male grooming market grew a whopping 61 percent from 2002 to 2007 and could well be a $27 billion global market in four years, retailers might want to make some room on their personal care shelves for him.


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