NYSCC seminar focuses on the link
between nutrition and skin care.
Melissa Meisel• Associate Editor
THE EYES MAY be the window to the soul, but in the case of the skin, you are what you eat, according to a seminar hosted by the New York Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists
(NYSCC) on Feb. 15 at Seasons in Washington Township, NJ.
According to Brian Hom, chairman of the NYSCC, there was
a“strong interest” in a full-day educational workshop and judging by the standing-room only crowd at “Beauty From Within:
Effect of Lifestyle on Skin Health,” which zeroed in on a rising
trend in the personal care industry.
Kicking off the seminar was an introduction from Naya
Dayan, chair of this event. “The 2012 Educational Program will
being with a full-day seminar bringing professionals from a va-
riety of disciplines to share their expertise about the correlation
between lifestyle, overall health and especially, skin health,” she
said. “Some will attempt to define beauty and investigate rele-
vant beauty claims. Others will talk about the effects of nutrition,
nutritional supplements and exercise on skin’s health.”
The first presentation was from Kenneth A. Richman PhD, a
professor of philosophy and healthcare ethics at the Massachusetts
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), Boston. His
slideshow, “What Is Beauty? A Philosophical Analysis,” spanned
from an Isaac Fuller and Pierce Tempest engraving from 1709 to
an Umm Bororo tribal woman. The common thread?
“Beauty is local,” explained Richman, as cultural artifacts and
history can correlate to “the supervenience base for aesthetic
properties.” He noted that most of the time people can go about
our business without thinking much about what beauty really is,
even in an industry dedicated to promoting beauty and selling
beauty products. At the same time, marketing professionals may
run focus groups and surveys to find out how consumers describe
beauty or which faces they identify as beautiful, but this may still
fail to help us identify what beauty really is.
“Investigating what makes beautiful things the same amid
their diversity and what makes the beautiful different from what
is not beautiful is a philosophical project,” said Richman.
Annie M. Ugurlayan, senior staff attorney at the National
Advertising Division (NAD), the advertising industry’s self-regulatory forum, provided an overview of the advertising self-reg-ulation process and discussed recent cases by the NAD that deal
with advertising claims for dietary supplements and anti-aging
products concerning the ability of certain ingredients, or the
product as a whole, to provide consumers with a more youthful
appearance and, hence,“beauty from within.”
Since 2003, Ugurlayan has handled more than 150 cases,
particularly in the areas of cosmetics, food and oral care prod-
ucts, and has successfully argued appeals before the National
Advertising Review Board.
“Cosmetic manufacturers have been making very strong
claims,”noted Ugurlayan, who added that current industry trends
like gene technology and organic/green products have been pop-
ping up in reports.
One example Ugurlayan used was a recent report on
Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair. According to the NAD, it
recommended that Neutrogena modify or discontinue certain
claims for the product to avoid conveying the message that it can
eliminate wrinkles in“just one week.” NAD determined the advertiser could support certain claims, and examined claims made
by Neutrogena in print advertising as part of NAD’s ongoing
In this case, NAD examined the following express claims:
•“Most anti-wrinkle creams disappear long before the wrin-
kles. Until now. Introducing Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair.”
•“It has Accelerated Retinol SA, which is the fastest retinol
•“In fact, it’s clinically proven to smooth wrinkles in just one