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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.

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.

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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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EU-US trade talks look positive, and cosmetics is on the agenda

25-Jun-2014 - The European Commission will host a sixth round of EU-US trade talks next month on a new trade and investment deal, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or...

Asia researchers look at new ways to harvest seaweed for cosmetics

12-Jun-2014 - Although seaweed farming has been in practice for 100's of years in Asia, researchers now say they are focused on a new method that isn’t as labor-intensive to harvest the...

Skin barrier function study highlights oatmeal efficacy

10-Jun-2014 - Newly published results of an in-vivo clinical trial for Oat Cosmetics’ multifunctional ingredient Oat COM have highlighted its skin repair properties are ‘significant’.

Microchip-based human organs could prove to be an animal testing alternative

04-Jun-2014 - A research team in the US say they have developed a technology using ‘organs on chips’ to mimic living cells, a step that could give way to alternatives to animal...

Perfume prediction tool on the radar

15-May-2014 - A group of scientists have developed a model aimed at helping perfumers predict how various ingredient and chemicals will smell.

China making in-vitro testing efforts to keep up with West

14-May-2014 - As China prepares to end mandatory animal testing for domestically-produced non-specialist cosmetics, researchers and officials are getting up to speed with the alternative testing methods available. 

Seminar focuses on animal-free cosmetic testing methods in China

01-May-2014 - An initiative by an animal rights lobby group has meant that scientists in China will be trained how to use in vitro methods to test cosmetics as an alternative to using animal...

BASF ramps up Asian production with aromas facility in Malaysia

30-Apr-2014 - BASF has started construction of a new aromas production facility in Malaysia through a joint venture with the Malaysia-based Petronas Chemicals Group.

Shiseido skin protection research points to new skin care technology

23-Apr-2014 - Cosmetics manufacturer Shiseido will use research efforts into Langerhans cells and a function of skin immunity to develop a new line of skin care products as a solution for maintaining...

Hair-raising research: Shiseido to open regeneration facility in Japan

23-Apr-2014 - Japan-based cosmetics giant Shiseido has announced it will open a new facility in the country next week, which will conduct research into hair regeneration.

Suppliers need to listen to global consumers so they can use the same language as manufacturers

22-Apr-2014 - Two years after launching its Care Creations brand to reach all consumers from different markets around the world, BASF has now developed new innovations based on consumer needs, which are...

Asian Societies of Cosmetic Scientists calls for speakers

10-Apr-2014 - The 12th biannual conference for the Asian Societies of Cosmetic Scientists is due to take place in Cairns, Australia, April 28 – 30 2015, and the organisation is currently looking for speakers.

Hair loss and fat – it’s all linked finds new study

08-Apr-2014 - A new study combining science from Australia and the UK has suggested that losing weight and halting hair loss could go hand-in-hand after findings show that the skin can regulate...

Tissue damage plasma source to open cosmetic treatments door

31-Mar-2014 - Scientists at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana say inducing biological tissue damage with an atmospheric pressure plasma source could open the door to cosmetics applications.

Hair care launches at in-cosmetics 2014

27-Mar-2014 - The in-cosmetics Innovation Zone will give attendees the opportunity to gain an insight on the latest hair care developments. Take a look at the ingredients set to be showcased at...

Skin care preview: gallery of ingredients to be launched at in-cosmetics '14

26-Mar-2014 - The in-cosmetics Innovation Zone is a unique area for attendees to catch up on all the latest products launches in one place. Here, we've rounded up some interesting skin care...

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Beiersdorf R&D head says it’s OK to appreciate external innovations

21-Mar-2014 - Traditionally cosmetics companies have adopted a ‘not invented here’ attitude, but big benefits can be gained from changing to a ‘proudly found elsewhere’ mindset and being open with external partners,...

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Evonik ingredient wins PCHi’s ‘Award of Merit’

18-Mar-2014 - Chemicals specialist Evonik’s hair and scalp care active ingredient SPHINGONY was selected for an Award of Merit by PCHi 2014.

New nanotechnology science journal to launch

17-Mar-2014 - Elsevier, a global provider of scientific, technical and medical information on products and solutions, has announced the launch of an open access journal, ‘Colloid and Interface Science Communications’ (COLCOM), relevant...

Septem Soken to continue Eskitis Institute skin care research

12-Mar-2014 - Japanese cosmetics company, Septem Soken, has confirmed a three year extension to its research at the Eskitis Institute's 'Nature Bank', with which it looks to discover potential new ingredients for...

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