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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.

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Who knew! Sea anemone found to combat skin ageing

21-Apr-2015 - On speaking with Dr Alain Khaiat at in-cosmetics Barcelona, he directed Cosmetics Design's attention to his relationship with StartletDerma, whose work with sea anemones has led to a new method in collagen...

Exclusive interview

P&G looks to expand its anti-pollution skin care offerings

16-Apr-2015 - In Asia, Procter & Gamble is already at the forefront in providing anti-pollution skin care solutions. In the second part of this exclusive interview we take a look at the...

Exclusive interview

P&G research stays one step ahead on anti-pollution skin care

15-Apr-2015 - Anti-pollution is a claim we are starting to see more and more of on skin care products in Asia, and increasingly worldwide. This exclusive interview lifts the lid on how...

'Lab grown' diamonds could mean more affordable luxury skin care

14-Apr-2015 - Diamond encrusted skin care creams are indeed a luxury both for the wearer and their pocket, but now scientists say they can replicate the gem in labs, which suggests cheaper...

Biodegradable beauty wipe alternatives

13-Apr-2015 - Wet wipe makers are being urged to consider the post-consumer life of the product as buyer expectations and pollution figures mount.  

Scientists develop first ever perfume that makes you smell better the more you sweat

07-Apr-2015 - Wouldn’t it be great if the more you worked up a sweat the less you would have to worry about social awkwardness and the better you would smell? Well thanks...

Study reveals how hair density is lost and cuticles become more fragile with ageing

02-Apr-2015 - Changes in hair density and elasticity are most likely to occur in the 40-50 year old age range and hair will most likely become more fragile at this time too...

Are suppliers deceiving the industry? - Asia's creams still found to contain shark oil

01-Apr-2015 - A recent study carried out by NGO, Bloom Association has found more than half of the skin creams (8 of 15) they had tested featuring the words 'squalane', to still contain shark...

PCHi Insight: Part Two

Mibelle talks targeted growth in China and regulatory challenges

25-Mar-2015 - In the second part of this interview with Switzerland-based Mibelle Biochemistry, managing director Dr. Fred Zulli shares his vision about targeted ingredient launches for the China market, while underlining the...

Scientists develop targeted laser therapy to deactivate acne-causing glands

24-Mar-2015 - Scientists have found a way to deactivate the overproducing skin glands that cause acne, potentially offering a cure for the condition, using ultrasound, gold particles, and lasers.

PCHi insight: Part One

Mibelle: "Consumers now believe 'Made In China' can represent high quality"

24-Mar-2015 - Here, Cosmetics Design catches up with Dr. Fred Zulli, managing director of Mibelle Biochemistry, to find out how the Switzerland-based biotechnology ingredients provider is planning on increasing its footprint in...

PCHi award winners reflect growing innovation from China players

19-Mar-2015 - The PCHi China Personal Care & Cosmetics Innovation Awards 2015 underlined the growing number of increasingly sophisticated ingredient offerings that are being developed in China.

Scientists say fish embryo test can screen more than 1,000 toxins at one time

19-Mar-2015 - Hong Kong based biotech company, Vitargent has developed a technology that uses fish embryos to test for toxic substances in everything from cosmetics to food. 

Unilever files patent for assessing hair colour changes with rinse-off products

18-Mar-2015 - Anglo-Dutch consumer giant Unilever has filed a patent which evaluates the potential colour protecting effect of rinse-off hair products.

P&G's Crest advert brushes Chinese authorities up the wrong way

12-Mar-2015 - Chinese authorities have fined P&G $958,000 following the regulator's ruling that claims in its' advertising for Crest toothpaste were overstated.

L’Oréal still investing in women: first Vietnamese scientist awarded fellowship

12-Mar-2015 - Dr. Tran Ha Lien Phuong is the first Vietnamese scientist to be acknowledged by L'Oréal, as part of a programme that supports young female researchers around the globe.

Skin Cancer Awareness

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...

Skin Cancer Awareness

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...

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