Next Chapter Meeting 

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Soaring Eagle Casino and Resorts

Three Fires Room

6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

4:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Maps & Parking

Driving Direction


Blue Light Science 101: Harmful or helpful for the skin?


Helen Yang

Beauty Research Investigator, Amway Corporation


Blue light has become a beauty buzzword. Is it a pollutant that causes digital aging, or is it an efficacious skin treatment? The market for blue light skincare is on the rise, and cosmetic products advertise both blue light protection and blue light therapy. 


We'll explore popular blue light technologies and elucidate the science behind them. This is a technical 101 talk on the basics of blue light and how it interacts with the skin, concluding with tips for product formulation, claims, and testing.


Helen is a Beauty Research Investigator at Amway. She plays a key role in product development for Amway’s Artistry™ skincare line, researching novel ingredients, innovating product claims, and leading technical communications. Helen’s passion and expertise lies in scientific storytelling; in her role, she communicates product science and technical trends to dozens of international R&D and marketing counterparts.


Helen earned a dual bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and English Language & Literature from Columbia University. She conducted four years of nanochemistry research at Columbia, focusing on synthesis of fluorescent nanoparticles for brain voltage imaging. In 2015, she was awarded the Herbert Deresiewicz Fellowship for outstanding independent research. Prior to joining Amway, Helen worked at various organizations in the scientific publishing, education consulting, pharmaceutical, and nutritional supplement industries. Helen finally landed on cosmetic science at Amway as her full-time career in 2017, and she loves to travel and explore her new home, Michigan. 


Keeping the Pulse on Cosmetic R&D 


Rachel Grabenhofer

Managing Editor, Cosmetics and Toiletries (C&T) 



As researchers and formulators well know, there's more to cosmetics R&D than new ingredient launches and poster/paper presentations. These, of course, are critical components; but what other variables shape our industry's direction? And from where do new ideas and insights flow? In this discussion and interactive exercise, Rachel Grabenhofer, managing editor of Cosmetics & Toiletries, will provide a trade press editor's perspective, to share tips and tricks on how she keeps a pulse on her industry.


Rachel Grabenhofer is the managing editor of Cosmetics & Toiletries (C&T)—the premier, peer-reviewed trade magazine for cosmetics and personal care research, development and inspiration. In her 18 years on the brand, she has served as conference program director for various C&T events, advocated for the industry in consumer-facing interviews, and managed and judged the in-cosmetics Innovation Zone awards, Cosmetic 360 awards and C&T’s own R&D Awards. She is an active member of the Midwest Chapter Society of Cosmetic Chemists, and is currently developing content for the all-new Beauty Accelerate product development workshop; to debut on Oct. 15, 2019, in New York.




3:00 - 4:00 pm  Board Meeting (open for board members and committee volunteers)
4:00 - 4:45 pm

Registration and Reception

4:45 - 5:30 pm  Speaker 1 - Helen Yang
5:30 - 6:15 pm  Speaker 2 - Rachel Grabenhofer
6:15 - 7:30 pm Dinner

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Upcoming Events

Date Theme  Location
Thursday, March 7 Presentations Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Thursday, May 2 Presentations TBD
Thursday, September 19 Presentations and Golf Outing TBD
Thursday, November 7 Continuing Education Course TBD and Chapter Officer Installation TBD
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