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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.

Sun damage works long after exposure, finds new research

25-Feb-2015 - A new market could open up for ‘evening-after’ sunscreen to further protect the skin from damaging ultraviolet rays after a team of Yale-led researchers discovered that much of the damage...

Ever wondered what sun damage looks like on your skin? New Nivea video shows you

24-Feb-2015 - Nivea is launching an international campaign to increase awareness about the risks of UV radiation with a video showing the effect that UV light has on the skin.

From the candy shop to your sunscreen: Licorice extract provides UV protection

20-Feb-2015 - We are used to seeing licorice in a sweet shop or as a flavour in food and beverages, but what if Nivea skin care maker Beiersdorf told you that topically...

Sony further invests in beauty with 'Skin View Camera’

19-Feb-2015 - Sony's ‘Beauty Explorer’ is its’ first digital camera in image sensoring that measures the texture, blotches, pores and colour of the skin. 

Scientists develop liquid-infused polymer for bacteria free cosmetics

18-Feb-2015 - Harvard researchers have developed a technology that creates a polymer infused with silicone oil that can be used in a variety of applications including cosmetics to keep bacteria away.

Study links early menopause to everyday exposure – but NOT cosmetics!

30-Jan-2015 - A new study has linked high levels of chemicals that we come across every day in the environment, plastics, and other household items, with women experiencing menopause 2-4 years earlier...

Japan's love of fake eyelashes could be damaging in the long run..

29-Jan-2015 - A study carried out at the Georgia Institute of Technology found that frequent wearers of long synthetic eyelashes are at risk of eye damage, as they tend to funnel air...

Soybean oil-based surfactant proven to improve cleaning, foaming and conditioning in shampoo

28-Jan-2015 - Scientists have developed a new non-toxic, environmentally friendly soybean oil-based polymeric surfactant (SBPS) and having studied it for potential application as a surface-active ingredient for shampoos, found that it improves...

As the seasons change, so do Korean men’s skin barriers

28-Jan-2015 - When the seasons change so can our mood or outlook, or even… South Korean men’s skin. A new study by the Inha University College of Medicine claims the factors that...

Scientists discover bacterial pigment potential to improve SPF

22-Jan-2015 - Two pigments have potential as ingredients in sunscreens as they have been shown to improve sun protection factor and also display antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.

Award-winning oils and fats innovation makes skin care ‘more effective’

22-Jan-2015 - University lecturer Dr Mahiran Basri has been recognised for her work in successfully diversifying the use of oils and fats which resulted in an innovation formulated through nanotechnology that is...

Are beauty from within beverages useless?

14-Jan-2015 - A new study reports little or no benefits from the nutrient addition in functional beverages, many of which are marketed with beauty from within claims.

Cellmid patents hair growth factor technology

14-Jan-2015 - Australian biotechnology company Cellmid has registered a patent with IP Australia for midkine as a treatment for hair loss and an enhancement for hair growth.

'Cytokines therapy' gaining momentum for treating Alopecia

18-Dec-2014 - Korean based ‘AesMed’ has developed a hair loss treatment solution based on ‘Cytokines therapy’ to control hair cell activation.

Japanese scientists confident bee propolis can help hair re-growth

17-Dec-2014 - Propolis, a resin-like substance used by honeybees to seal small crevices in their hives, has been found to encourage hair growth in mice. 

Study points to Oxidized Glutathione as effective skin lightener

17-Dec-2014 - A recent study conducted by a group of scientists in the Philippines points to the fact that the topical use of Oxidized Glutathione can lead to skin-whitening and enhancements in...

Beiersdorf launches improved Pearlfinder initiative to encourage innovation

16-Dec-2014 - Beiersdorf has launched a revised version of its open innovation platform Pearlfinder as it looks to scout new raw materials and technologies and share creative innovation ideas.

Rahn launches plastic microbead alternative

12-Dec-2014 - Ingredients supplier Rahn introduces its Fossil Peeling Powder as a natural alternative to plastic microbeads used in face scrubs and other cosmetics products stating it is safe and does not...

Nestlé Skin Health to open 10 innovation hubs focused on skin research

11-Dec-2014 - Nestlé Skin Health will open a global network of 10 innovation hubs focused on developing solutions and techniques that will promote healthy skin through medical investigation, education and application of...

Influenced by nature – natural ingredients in use today

11-Dec-2014 - Natural skin care goes back thousands of years to when the Ancient Egyptians used treatments for a variety of skin conditions and with the category still being popular today, we...

New tech mixes water and oil without surfactants

03-Dec-2014 - Cosmetics formulation may be forever changed by the innovative machine developed by Korean research scientists.  

Unilever partners with British university to strengthen innovation

02-Dec-2014 - Unilever has made clear its intention to drive forward with innovation, in its latest partnership with Northumbria University in the UK. 

Scientists investigate protein degradation for better UV protection mechanisms

19-Nov-2014 - Researchers from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have shown that certain peptides degrade under UV light by first passing through a triplet quantum state, a reactive arrangement that...

Shiseido sunscreen’s UV protection enhanced after water contact

12-Nov-2014 - Shiseido claims to have developed a sunscreen that actually enhances UV protection once in contact with water or perspiration.

Dow Corning takes Japanese influence into new silicone technologies

12-Nov-2014 - Dow Corning showcased the latest concepts from its Trends Lab program in the form of two new skin care silicones, developed in Asia to meet consumer needs and ensure quality.