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Review of Modern Techniques for the Assessment of Skin Hydration

Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering (RCBE), City, University of London, Northampton square, London EC1V 0HB, UK
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Cosmetics 2019, 6(1), 19;
Received: 11 February 2019 / Revised: 4 March 2019 / Accepted: 6 March 2019 / Published: 9 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Skin Aging)
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Skin hydration is a complex process that influences the physical and mechanical properties of skin. Various technologies have emerged over the years to assess this parameter, with the current standard being electrical probe-based instruments. Nevertheless, their inability to provide detailed information has prompted the use of sophisticated spectroscopic and imaging methodologies, which are capable of in-depth skin analysis that includes structural and composition details. Modern imaging and spectroscopic techniques have transformed skin research in the dermatological and cosmetics disciplines, and are now commonly employed in conjunction with traditional methods for comprehensive assessment of both healthy and pathological skin. This article reviews current techniques employed in measuring skin hydration, and gives an account on their principle of operation and applications in skin-related research. View Full-Text
Keywords: skin hydration; barrier function; stratum corneum skin hydration; barrier function; stratum corneum

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Qassem, M.; Kyriacou, P. Review of Modern Techniques for the Assessment of Skin Hydration. Cosmetics 2019, 6, 19.

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