Ori-Derm uses the latest techniques, state of the art instrumentation, which is all approved, safe and in line with the cosmetic industry guidelines.

Anti-Ageing Studies

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Anti-ageing studies in Ori-Derm are vital for proving the effectiveness and performance of a variety of skincare products over longer periods of use which can be up to 12 weeks. These studies are most often related to reducing the appearance of the effects of ageing, such as wrinkles and firmness with a variety of products such as day & night creams, serums, & eye creams. Our expert investigators take a variety of measurements/images of your skin throughout the duration of the study to determine if there is an improvement in skin features related to ageing. For example, if there is an improvement in wrinkles, firmness or brightness after using the product(s).


The results of the anti-ageing studies performed in Ori-Derm can then be used to make a variety of exciting product claims, for example:

‘Reduces the appearance of wrinkles by XX%’ ‘Improves skin brightness by XX%.’ ‘Increases skin firmness by XX%.’

There are various instruments that may be used to capture these measurements and/or images such as:

The Miravex Antera 3D Camera, which is a handheld instrument used to capture 3D images of the skin. This instrument can be described as a portable skin analysis camera that quickly acquires 3D images of the skin. The camera is placed on the area of interest and a high-tech image is produced. It can analyse a variety of facial features in 3D including texture, wrinkles, skin colour, pores and pigmentation.

The DynaSKIN measures the firmness of the skin. It functions by gently blowing air on to the surface of the skin. This is captured by a camera and allows us to evaluate the depth of the skin deformation created by the air. This information is then translated into a high-definition, 3D map of the skin’s surface enabling us to accurately measure the effects of cosmetic products on a scientifically visual scale, far beyond the capabilities of the naked eye.

The VISIA-CR 2.2 beauty imaging system allows us to capture facial images in 2D for clinical evaluations. It consists of a camera mounted in a booth with multiple light mode capabilities. With these various lighting modes, several different skin and facial features can be captured and evaluated, such as: wrinkles and fine lines, skin texture, colouration/pigmentation/skin tone evenness, photo – damage, vascular features-skin redness, porphyrins & pores.

The DermaTOP is an imaging system that captures surface details of various skin features in 3D. Using the DermaTOP we can assess skin features such as crow’s foot, under eye & glabellar wrinkles, fine lines, skin texture and pores and even measure volume of under-eye bags or jawlines with extreme precision. It allows precision measurements of the skin so that we can see improvements over time.

Mascara Studies

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Mascara studies are performed in Ori-Derm to enable us to capture the various attributes of a mascara product, such as, Length, Curl and Volume. These studies are short term, usually lasting around 30 minutes. An image of the lashes will be captured before and after a standardized application of the mascara product being assessed. These images are then exported and analysed using high- tech image analysis software which allows us to create claims such as ‘Volumises lashes by x%’.


The VISIA-CR 2.2 beauty imaging system allows us to capture facial images in 2D for clinical evaluations. It consists of a camera mounted in a booth with multiple light mode capabilities. With this instrument we can accurately measure the lashes before and after product application.

Moisturisation Studies

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Moisturisation studies are performed on cosmetic products such as moisturisers, cleansers, masks or even lip and foundation products that wish to have moisturisation or hydrating claim. These studies in general run over 3 days to allow us to capture measurements at various timepoints such as 2 hours, 8 hours or 24 hours after application on either the face or forearms. This type of study enables us to make claims such as ‘Increases skin hydration by XX%’ & ‘Improves skin moisturisation by XX%’.


The Corneometer CM 825 / MPA 580 is used for moisturisation studies to measure the skin’s level of moisturisation. A small probe is placed flat on the skin’s surface with light pressure. The probe will measure the moisture levels when in contact with the skin.

Salon Studies

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Salon studies are carried out to assess various attributes of hair care products such as volume, shine, combability & rinseability to name a few. They are performed by a qualified hair stylist who is trained in the various sensory aspects of hair care products. The stylist will apply the study products to either side of the hair and assess the attributes of each product accordingly. This type of study is very well received by the panellists as they get their hair washed & blow dried from a fully qualified stylist.

Sun Protection Studies

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Sun Protection Factor (SPF) Studies are performed to determine the SPF value of a sun protection product. This can include the SPF of a face product, a sun cream or lip product. All SPF studies in Ori-Derm are performed in accordance with the international testing standard ISO_24444:2010. They are approximately 3 hours long and split over 3 consecutive days.


An example of a claim made by SPF studies is ‘SPF15.’

The Multiport is used to determine the sun protection factor (SPF) of a cosmetic product by producing UVA+UVB rays from its 6 individual port outputs. The intensity of light from each output is adjusted individually to deliver different doses of UV light depending on the protection level and your skin type.