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Cosmet'in Lyon Skin Science Days: May 20 and 21, 2021, online


“How clinical experience highlights skin biology mechanisms'”: this is the theme proposed by Cosmet'in Lyon (Ex. CED) for its XXXth edition of the CIL Skin Science Days (previously European Dermocosmetology Days). The event will take place on May 20 and 21, 2021, with Professor Richard Gallo, guest of honor. It will be held in English and as an online conference, due to the global health context.

About twenty international dermocosmetology experts will provide insight from a research, clinical and industrial point of view through eight sessions detailed in the program to be downloaded from the site. Cosmet'in Lyon members benefit from a preferential rate.

Organized every two years, and of a very high scientific level recognized by the profession, this event brought together more than 170 participants, researchers and industrialists, in 2019. The health context prompted the choice of the webconference format this year.

Cosmet'in Lyon is offering an attractive visibility program on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of this event.

Interview with Nico Forraz, President of Cosmet'in Lyon

What do the Cosmet'in Lyon Skin Science Days represent for the profession?

Nico Forraz: First of all, it is the XXX Congress, an anniversary date! We would have liked to hold it face-to-face because we are proud to welcome dermocosmetology experts from all over the world to our territory. The context decided otherwise. This congress has taken place every two years, since the birth of the association in 1962. Its aim is to highlight the latest scientific innovations and progress in skin biology. This is all the more important as skin biology is directly linked to dermatology and cosmetology. It is therefore a rare opportunity to bring together all the players who contribute to innovative developments for skin care and well-being.

What makes Skin Science Days special?

Nico Forraz: The event is organized by a committee of volunteers, based in the AURA region and coming from academic, clinical and industrial backgrounds, who share a common interest: dermocosmetology. It is this unique alliance that makes the DNA of the association, the specificity of events in general and those of Skin Science Days in particular.

What are the discoveries and emerging trends in skin biology?

Nico Forraz: These are precisely the subjects that will be discussed during the congress: the interaction between microbiota and human skin; environmental factors such as pollution, and their influence, in particular on the inflammatory status of the skin; advances in skin aging, linked to lengthening the lifespan; the progress made in renewing, repairing and healing the skin. We will also discuss new technologies, real bridges between clinical treatments and cosmetology, tissue engineering which makes it possible to model cosmetic and aesthetic treatments. There is a lot to say!

Why did you choose this theme of the impact of clinical experiments on the biological mechanisms of the skin?

Nico Forraz: Traditionally, we start with discoveries made in the laboratory and then we approach clinical experiments. We wanted to deal with the subject from the opposite angle: by offering a review of the discoveries resulting from clinical experiments and by demonstrating how they stimulate fundamental research and innovation in skin biology.

How were the speakers selected?

Nico Forraz: The organising committee, led by Nicolas Bechetoille and Aurélie Pagnonminot, respectively secretary and treasurer of Cosmet'in Lyon, has teamed up with academic researchers and industry actors, members of Cosmet'in Lyon. Together, they appointed session chairs and proposed topics of scientific, academic, clinical and industrial research, while providing a forum for young researchers.

How does this knowledge guide / support the development of new products by brands?

Nico Forraz: Brands must both capture market trends and watch for scientific and technological innovations. It is the consideration of the whole that makes it possible to develop and validate the relevance and effectiveness of future products.

What types of products more specifically?

Nico Forraz: The cosmetic product becomes a preventive means, intended to maintain the balance of the skin, through a daily routine in particular. It aims, mainly, to fight against pollution, skin aging, to protect from the sun, to regenerate, to hydrate. These are the main claims that contribute to the health of the skin.

What perspectives do these discoveries offer consumers?

Nico Forraz: These findings offer consumers innovation, efficiency, and safety. Cosmet'in Lyon is very involved in these three aspects and wants to make this knowledge accessible to them. She is also preparing a general public event that will take place in the Lyon region at the end of 2021, to explain how cosmetic products are developed. Then in early 2022, she will present the cosmetics industry, its structure and its business horizons to a high school audience. A booklet and a forum for careers in the beauty industry are in preparation. Education is at the heart of our mission, to bring together all players, academics, clinics, industry and the general public.

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