IFSCC back in France: a triumph for the SFC

By Lucy Whitehouse

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IFSCC back in France: a triumph for the SFC

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The annual IFSCC cosmetology event is taking place in Paris, and according to its chairperson, the move to return the industry show to France marks a success for the Société Française de Cosmétologie (SFC). 

The show returned to France after a gap of 16 years: "This is an honour and a real challenge for the sector's second European market​" Claudie Willemin, head of the society, has stated.

When it was decided in 2007 that Paris would be the scientific capital of the cosmetics industry, that decision rewarded the SFC for its work and involvement in the international federation.​”

Innovation and performance

The central theme,‘Cosmetology: Innovation and Performance for Beauty Wellbeing’, is not just a slogan, according to Willemin, who has stated that it is an ethos at the core of the beauty industry.

The cosmetics industry is particularly innovative, both in research and in its ability to create economic value. And companies in this sector are constantly striving to ensure that innovate products perform well and are innocuous​,” she confirmed.

As such, the programme of the IFSCC event features presentations and demonstrations centred on this theme, aiming to illustrate a broad picture of cosmetology research, rather than honing in on specific categories.

We wanted a congress that didn’t approach scientific advances in terms of fields of activity (anti-ageing, hair, sun exposure…) but one that really showed that cosmetology involves skills and knowledge which are valued outside the cosmetics sector,” ​the society chair noted.

Wider perspective

The research and development industry expert emphasised this focus on the whole picture with beauty innovation.

Our philosophy is to investigate wider research fields: the biology of skin, hair and nails, but also colour, sensory matters, physical chemistry, and skin protection strategies,” ​noted Willemin.

Responsible development is at the core of this approach, the industry expert asserted.

The cosmetics industry has a responsibility to society in terms of product development, from the moment the formula is conceived until the end of the product’s life cycle. The industry is clearly striving to control its environmental impact and respect the biodiversity of its raw materials​,” she concluded.

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