L’Oral’s wearable patch changes color to warn against skin cancer

June 3, 2016 by  
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When most of us hear the name L’Oréal, we think of makeup and hair products, not tech innovation. That may soon be changing . Many don’t realize it, but the cosmetics giant has been pouring its efforts in recent years into celebrating and supporting women in science and running its very own technology incubator. Now, those efforts seem to be coming to fruition as the company unveils its first wearable device , a skin patch designed to help prevent cancer. Named ” My UV Patch ,” the device is a wearable skin patch just a few centimeters in size and half the thickness of a human hair. The sticky, transparent film is meant to be worn for several days, absorbing sunlight whenever the wearer goes outside. The adhesive is loaded with light-sensitive dyes that change color when exposed to UV light, so it allows the wearer to see if they’re being exposed to too many damaging UV rays over time. Related: L’Oreal to begin 3D-printing human skin The color changes can be hard to decode, which is why the patch also comes with an Android or iOS app , which uses a mobile device’s camera to scan the patch, compare it to the user’s baseline skin tone, and then tracks how much sun the users have been exposed to over time. Since the patch is looking at long-term exposure to the sun, it isn’t intended to serve as a warning when the time comes to reapply sunscreen . The patch will be completely free and is set to launch in 16 different countries worldwide sometime this summer. Via IFLScience Photos via L’Oreal and Shutterstock   Save

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Many anti-aging products contain ingredients that can cause breast cancer

October 17, 2015 by  
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Watch out, because those anti-aging products that seem to do wonders for your skin may be doing serious damage to your body. The Breast Cancer Fund tested anti-aging products and found that many of them contain PFOA, which is linked to breast cancer. And many of the most common and favorite brands out there have them. READ MORE >

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L’Oreal to begin 3D-printing human skin

May 24, 2015 by  
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Cosmetics company L’Oreal has teamed up with Organovo , a bioengineering startup, to 3D-print human skin—a move that may at first sound unsettling, but actually comes as no big surprise. The French beauty firm has been growing skin since the 1980s to use in animal-free cosmetics testing . With the advent of 3D-printing technology, however, L’Oreal can speed up the process—current skin culture technology can take up to a week to complete—and make it more affordable. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D print human skin , 3D printing skin , L’Oreal 3d print skin , loreal , organovo

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