Industry Facts

  • Personal Care Products industry is estimated to reach $630 billion by 2017
  • Skin is the largest organ in the human body and accounts for approximately 16% of a person’s weight
  • Revenue in the “Personal Care” segment amounted to US$69,657m in 2016
  • Skincare is predicted to have the largest growth potential by 2017, followed by hair care
  • Average roughness of human skin ranges from 10 to 200um

In daily life, human skin can contact a variety of materials due to labour, exercise, keeping warm, health and beauty needs, which causes many skin friction problems.

Testing tribological properties of cosmetics and personal care products is becoming increasingly popular. Relating sensory perception to friction and wear between the skin and product is a hot topic in the field and fast becoming a prerequisite for success of new formulations. Using PCS’ instruments the process of applying product to the skin can be mimicked and the frictional properties of the lubricant (eg skin cream) can be determined. Samples can be tested using user defined motion cycles and specimens with similar properties to that of the skin. The results produced can be compared to market leading products and feedback from consumer testing. A modular scale can be derived relating skin feel to frictional properties decreasing cost and time spent on consumer product testing. PCS’ instruments are currently being used by market leaders looking at:

Friction experienced during application effectiveness due to: 

  • Skin Creams: cosmetic and medical
  • Shaving Products: shaving preparation and cartridge design
  • Hair Products: Shampoo and conditioners

Adherence and abrasion resistance:

  • Cosmetics; lipsticks, foundation
  • Nail Varnish

Effectiveness due to abrasive removal:

  • Dental Products: toothpaste, toothbrush design
  • Skin Care Exfoliants

Currently, consumer testing is the most popular method of determining whether  a new product will be successful when it goes to market. This is very costly and unreliable as personal preference varies between consumers.

See technical papers published in this industry using PCS’ Equipment


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