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By Michelle Gonzales
With a population of more than one billion and a growing taste for Western sophistication, India has become one of the fastest growing markets for cosmetics and toiletries.
By Euromonitor International
Euromonitor International provides insight into key drivers of each of the most significant personal care categories and recommends future strategies for maximizing opportunities and avoiding possible barriers to success.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed a new regulation that sets standards for formulating, testing and labeling over-the-counter (OTC) sunscreen drug products with ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) protection.
Because sunlight is composed of both UVA and UVB rays, the organization proposes the creation of a consumer-friendly rating system for UVA products designed to help consumers identify the level of UVA protection offered by a product, instead of only the level of UVB protection identified through SPF values.
The proposed four-star ratings system works with one star representing low UVA protection, two stars, medium; three stars, high; and four stars the highest UVA protection available in an OTC sunscreen product. If it doesn't provide at least a one-star protection rating, the FDA is proposing to require the product to bear a "no UVA protection" marking on the front label near the SPF value.
These ratings would be derived from two tests to assess the UVA deflection effectiveness. The first measures a product's ability to reduce the amount of UVA radiation that passes through it. The second measures its ability to prevent tanning.
Also, a "Warnings" statement in the Drug Facts box will be required from all sunscreen manufacturers that will say: "UV exposure from the sun increases the risk of skin cancer, premature skin aging and other skin damage. It is important to decrease UV exposure by limiting time in the sun, wearing protective clothing and using sunscreen."
When finalized, the regulation would amend the existing OTC sunscreen rule published in 1999. It will also revise the existing SPF (UVB) testing procedures, allow new combinations of active ingredients and ask for comments of the issue of nanoparticles.
Comments of the new rule will be accepted until November 26, 2007. These must be identified with Docket No. 1978N-0038 and can be submitted electronically or in written form.
Division of Dockets Management
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, MD 20852
Electronic submissions can be made at: www.regulations.gov or www.fda.gov/dockets/ecomments.
San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology future professionals support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In a report recently released by Spa Finder, Inc., it has been revealed that spas are becoming more involved in weddings, from gift options to bridal party visits to honeymoon destinations. 213-300-0108
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Two-thirds of U.S. consumers agree that the pressure to look good is much greater now than ever before, according to a global beauty survey by The Nielsen Company. The research also indicates that global approval of the metrosexual male is evident.
Although they agree there is increased pressure to look good, only 23% of U.S. consumers say they are spending more on beauty products and treatments. Globally, 30% of consumers said they spent more on beauty products and treatments than in the past.
When consumers do invest personal care dollars, respondants spent the most on hair care (81%), skin care regiments (61%) and facial treatments (47%). If money was no object, U.S. consumers indicated that they would spend the most on massages, teeth whitening, hair care, facial treatments and manicures/pedicures.
Global acceptance of the metrosexual male is undeniable, according to the research. Seventy-eight percent of global consumers agree that it is "OK" for men to spend time and money on their appearance, include 84% of Americans. More than 78% of Americans agree that men are more interested in personal grooming that they used to be.
Sixty-four percent of U.S. consumers invest in personal grooming because it makes them feel better about themselves.
Eight percent of U.S. consumers very much or somewhat agree that mass market health and beauty products are just as good as premium or expensive alternatives for hair care, skin care and cosmetics.
Price (63%) and brand (47%) are the two most important considerations for U.S. consumers' health and beauty product purchases, followed by a product's promise, recommendations and samples.
U.S. consumers purchase health and beauty products mainly from supermarkets (53%), department stores (47%) and pharmacy/drugstores (40%). To a lesser extent, they are purchased at spas (20%) and via the Internet (18%).
Nielsen polled 26,486 Internet users in 46 markets for the information in this study.
The average student in the United States earns only a "D" when it comes to understanding and practicing basic hand hygiene, according to this year's annual report card from the Soap and Detergent Association.
Parents fared slightly better, getting an overall grade of "C." Moms averaged out at "B-," while Dads earned only a "D+," the trade group said in a statement.
School nurses and health professionals surveyed earned the highest average marks at "B+," while teachers were awarded a "B-."
The group's 2007 "Clean Hands Report Card" was based on telephone interviews and on-site surveys.
The SDA offered this refresher course on effective hand washing:
- Wet hands with warm running water before using soap.
- With soap, rub hands together to a lather, away from the running water.
- Wash the front and back of the hands, between the fingers and under the nails for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse well under warm running water.
- Dry hands well with either a clean towel or air dryer.
- Hand sanitizers or wipes will suffice if soap and water aren't available.
HealthDay News, September 7, 2007
By Michael Overstreet
A first-time visitor to Asia shares his impressions of a place of vast contrasts as he travels out from the cities and seemingly across time.