One for the AGES
HAPPI’S Anti-Aging Conference & Tabletop Exhibition attracted nearly 300 industry
executives who heard from leading dermatologists, regulators and analysts.
Tom Branna • Editorial Director
FOR NEARLY HALF a century, HAPPI has been reporting on a wide range of topics of interest to executives in the global personal care industry. But no subject has captured the attention of readers like anti-aging. HAPPI delivered the latest news
on the topic in a unique format (for us, anyway) via its first Anti-Aging Conference & Tabletop Exhibition, which was held Sept.
18-19, 2012 in New Brunswick, NJ.
Conference chairman Navin Geria also served as moderator
for all presentations. In addition, 57 industry suppliers promoted
their products and services to attendees. All together, the conference and exhibition attracted nearly 300 attendees.
Dr. Nicholas V. Perricone, M.D. was the Day 1 keynote speaker. He explained his three-tier philosophy to healthy aging and
beautiful skin. Perricone, who rose to fame (and fortune) with
the creation of his Perricone MD cosmeceutical line, reminded attendees that, while topical formulas are important to maintaining
good health, it is important to maintain inner health by following
an anti-inflammatory diet, which includes fish (high in essential
fatty acids), and vegetables and fruit (for their antioxidant levels).
For those in the audience who need to see results quickly,
Perricone recommended his 3-day Nutritional Facelift Diet,
which relies heavily on the essential fatty acids found in salmon,
which must be eaten twice a day. According to Perricone, the
EFAs in salmon promote radiance, glow and firmness to the skin,
while eliminating puffiness, increasing contours and firming the
Conference keynote speaker
Dr. Nicholas V. Perricone, M.D. and
conference chairman Navin Geria.
jaw line. Perricone said he supplements a healthy diet with a heavy
dose of vitamin C.
To lose weight, Perricone recommended eating more cinnamon and
turmeric, as they are sugar-stabiliz-ers as well as good sources of anti-inflammatory antioxidants and other
Anti-aging is the single largest
product type in the global personal
care market and is a key growth engine for the entire industry, noted
Kline & Company’s Carrie Mellage.
Anti-aging growth rates have ranged
from more than 7% prior to The
Great Recession to more than 5%
last year. The resurgence was led
by luxury brands, which posted the
largest gains of nearly 10%, Mellage said.
Consumers, young and old, seek multifunctional products
that provide adequate UV protection, but botanicals are the most
important product category in both the US and Europe, according to Kline data. The No. 2 category in Europe is biotechnology
products, while proteins and peptides hold the runner-up spot in
the US. Overall, anti-aging accounts for about 60% of specialty
actives targeted functionality in Europe and the US, according
Dr. Jeanine B. Downie, M.D., provided an update on cosmeceutical trends in the dermatology sector. Specifically, she
reviewed the potency and application of a range of ingredients
including green tea, resveratrol, ergothioneine, silybin marianum
fruit extract, L-ascorbic acid, grape seed, growth factors and
Downie also reviewed some finished products, such as TNS
Essential Serum and Vivite Daily Facial Cleanser. She told the
conference audience that she monitors the news and alerts her
patients about new anti-aging products. In fact, astute dermatologists can earn from $100,000-$200,000 a year in extra income
from product sales, according to Downie.
Dr. Jeanine B. Downie, M.D. (left)
and Dr. Jennifer Linder, M.D.