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Want to stay up to speed with the latest cosmetic research developments in skin discoloration, anti-ageing technologies and hair regeneration? 

Bookmark this section to find out what scientists are up to in areas like natural polymers, microalgae and spider silk in the labs of Universities, ingredient suppliers and manufacturers.

L'Oréal obtains China license for skin model business

01-Oct-2014 - L'Oréal has been granted a license by authorities in China for its Episkin Biotechnology business, giving it the right to market its reconstructed skin model in the country.

Scientists behind cosmetic plastics and polymers nominated for Nobel Prize

30-Sep-2014 - Three Australian scientists have found themselves on the Nobel Prize contender list for the impact of their research in industries like cosmetics.

BRB Silicones to highlight trend for clear formulations in Asia

30-Sep-2014 - Ingredients provider BRB Silicones says it has chosen the forthcoming in-cosmetics Asia event to highlight the growing trend for clear formulations in Asia.

Scientists say new gelation process uses half the chemicals of traditional ones

25-Sep-2014 - Scientists at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology University have discovered a way to transform substances from liquids into gels in a less expensive and energy demanding way.

Study shows blueberry anti-oxidant prevents UV damage

24-Sep-2014 - A stilbenoid found in blueberries and grapes may have the capacity to prevent several types of UV-mediated damage, reddening of the skin and loss of skin barrier function when applied...

Researchers develop beauty patch to enhance absorption of skin care products

23-Sep-2014 - A team of researchers in Finland have developed a disposable beauty patch that uses microampere current to enhance absorption of skin care products that will offer future consumers an opportunity...

Scientists develop novel microneedle patch to deliver collagen more effectively

23-Sep-2014 - Singapore based scientists have discovered a way to get collagen to penetrate deeper into the skin in a more efficient way. 

We want you: Scientific committee calls for cutting edge science at Probiota 2015

22-Sep-2014 - A newly established scientific committee are set to assess cutting edge research for the Probiota 2015 Scientific Frontiers poster session. Don’t miss your chance to present.

Scientists develop lucrative perfume fixative from Mexican plant

16-Sep-2014 - Scientists have found a more sustainable way to produce an ambergris-alternative perfume ingredient from a Mexican plant, which could prove lucrative.

Sun-kissed skin through eating fruit and veg

02-Sep-2014 - A new study into facial attractiveness has found that skin colouration is an important factor and that carotenoid colouration through the ingestion of fruit and vegetables may give the best...

Could taurine be the key to energised personal care?

27-Aug-2014 - Energised toothpaste, shampoo and skin care could be the next big thing for personal care consumers in the UK, as a new market report pinpoints consumers’ search for something new as a...

Scientists working on nail polish that detects date-rape drugs

26-Aug-2014 - North Carolina State University is attempting to produce a nail polish that will reveal the presence of Rohypnol and GHB in a drink by changing colour.

Beiersdorf develops active ingredient to soothe sensitive skin

22-Aug-2014 - Beiersdorf has conducted research into skin irritation and its causes and used this information develop its new active ingredient that will be used in its Eucerin skin care range.

Kao research identifies natural enzyme to produce sustainable surfactants

21-Aug-2014 - Kao has found a natural enzyme that can produce medium chain fatty acids used as raw materials in the production of surfactants for shampoos and cosmetics, through its research, particularly...

The secret to anti-ageing could be in skin sugars

13-Aug-2014 - Glycans, which are sugars on the surface of cells, might hold the secret to ageing of the skin which bodes well for skin creams being developed, but more research needs...

Inspired by beauty jellies - Laboratoire PYC develops anti-ageing supplement for Asian skin

13-Aug-2014 - France-based Laboratoire PYC has expanded its range of nutricosmetics with an anti-ageing nutritional supplement based on a new on-the-go powdered concept.

Thailand makes move to increase export of agarwood

06-Aug-2014 - One of the most exotic and prized cosmetic ingredients, agarwood oil, is set to become one of Thailand’s newest luxury exports if one major plantation company gets its way.

Scientists synthesize cellulose nanoparticles from waste cotton fibers

05-Aug-2014 - Researchers in Iran have successfully synthesized cellulose nanoparticles by using two environmentally-friendly processes and this could help save costs for the cosmetics industry.

BASF invests in the expansion of its China R&D capabilities

30-Jul-2014 - BASF has announced a significant investment in its research and development facilities in China in an effort to increase its innovations capabilities in a series of industries, including personal care.

Study is the first to link natural moisturizer to food allergies

24-Jul-2014 - Research conducted into natural ingredients in products targeting dry skin has demonstrated evidence of a link between the topical application and the subsequent development of food allergies.

DSM expands vitamin C capabilites with acquisition of Aland China

22-Jul-2014 - Switzerland-based life science and fine chemicals company DSM has acquired Hong Kong-based Aland in a move that expands the company’s Vitamin C manufacturing capabilities for personal care.

Induchem targets expansion into Asia market with new Singapore office

15-Jul-2014 - Switzerland-based cosmetic ingredients company Induchem has announced the opening of its first official sales office in Singapore.

Exclusive interview

Beiersdorf Research: Consumer demand dictates skin science

08-Jul-2014 - In an exclusive interview with CosmeticsDesign-Europe.com, Horst Wenck, corporate vice president of R&D at Beiersdorf, says that it is important to carry out advanced skin science research but that it...

Clever technology analyses personalized gender expression by use of make-up

02-Jul-2014 - A multi-disciplinary team of scientists working at the University of Western Australia (UWA) have developed a mathematical model that allows a computer to identify the gender of human faces based...

Oxea’s China specialty esters facility starts production

26-Jun-2014 - Germany-based fine chemicals player Oxea says that its Nanjing, China specialty esters facility is now up and running, and will meet growing demand for the compound in the Asia Pacific...

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