Primary Disciplines of Technical Expertise
- For nearly three decades, Structure Probe has been at the forefront of
laboratories developing methods of scientific testing to the cosmetics
and toiletries industries. Special protocols and procedures have been
developed for studying the efficacy of both products formulated and active
ingredients being formulated into products to improve and condition human
hair and also to "moisturize" and improve dry human skin. Our reports have
been submitted to agencies of the US and also foreign governments and we have
had our approaches peer reviewed via scientific publications both written and
oral. Our techniques and protocols have also been presented before numerous
local sections of scientific societies, including the
Society of Cosmetic Chemists and
the American Chemical Society.
For work with skin care products, our laboratory pioneered the use of
high resolution silicone
based "replica" systems and we were the first laboratory to develop
procedures for "Before" and "After"
replicas on the same identical area, as a function of time, in order
to demonstrate the most subtle of effects after product application. The
results from these kinds of studies, especially when presented as
"Before" and "After" comparisons are most
dramatic and this technique, originally developed by Structure Probe, is
not the "standard technique" in many laboratories demonstrating the
efficacy of skin care products.
For work on human hair, "Before" and "After" studies were made possible
by the design and construction of what we call our "Rotating Hair Stage"
which enable us, in our specially modified SEM to photograph a human hair
without any metallization as a "Before" and then take out that entire
length of human hair, treat it realistically with either one or a sequence
of products, put it back into the SEM during which time the hair shaft is
very carefully rotated back to the exact angle of observation, magnification,
contrast, and brightness, as it was when photographing the "Before" so that
in the end, one can examine and compare "Before" and "After" pairs of the
same identical area of the same hair shaft,
Before vs. After treatment.
No two projects are ever the same, since no two clients ever have the exact
same products with the exact same claims and objectives. Hence, each
project is the result of a one-of-a-kind protocol. We know of no other
laboratory that is staffed by persons who have had the opportunity to see
the effects of so many different products applied to as many different
subjects under as many different conditions. We have developed a good
sense of what project proposals are going to have a good chance of working
and those that will not. Take advantage of our experience and expertise
in this "boutique" area of electron microscopy in order to produce those
product demonstrations needed for the documentation of advertising and
marketing claims for products.
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