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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.

Skin wrinkle assessment on knee useful for body ageing – linked to Crow’s feet

10-Feb-2016 - A new study has suggested that the knee could be the best site to evaluate skin wrinkles and can give a more rounded view of body ageing, as the wrinkle...

Shiseido finds pollen can damage skin barrier

10-Feb-2016 - Researchers at Shiseido have discovered that Japanese cedar pollen can disrupt skin barrier function, a finding which could have major implications for the skin care category.

Research points to food additive compound as effective sunscreen

01-Feb-2016 - New research from scientists at the University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy, shows evidence that a compound found in the food additive annatto could be effective in protecting against UV...

Taiwan to ban estrogens in cosmetics

28-Jan-2016 - The Food and Drug Administration in Taiwan has announced that three types of estrogen will be banned from use in cosmetics, due to their carcinogenic nature.

Researchers provide clinical evidence of collagen peptides as anti-ageing nutricosmetic

27-Jan-2016 - A team of researchers has shown the efficacy of specific collagen peptides to improve skin moisture and, for the first time, to prevent and reduce the fragmentation of the dermal...

‘World first’ personalized skin care technology launched

27-Jan-2016 -  A new app and connected cosmetics applicator device have been launched by skin care and medical technology developer OBJ, in what the company describes as ‘world first’ beauty personalisation technology....

Yonsei University develops acid patch to reduce photo-ageing wrinkles

14-Jan-2016 - Scientists at Yonsei University in South Korea have developed an AA-loaded DMN patch that they claim treats wrinkles as proved in in vitro and clinical studies. 

P&G applies for patent for prebiotic agent-containing composition targeting skin microbiome

08-Jan-2016 - Procter & Gamble has published a patent application for a topical cosmetic composition containing a prebiotic agent which claims to improve the condition and appearance of the skin and the skin...

Artificial Intelligence is fuelling disruptive innovation in the personal care industry

04-Jan-2016 - In what’s being billed as the ‘first beauty contest judged by robots’ Beauty.AI and its partners are crowdsourcing facial imaging data that will be used to set a new course...

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‘Having sun protection included in day care formulas is a good development’

15-Dec-2015 - As high price prestige face cream contains SPF 15 protection and a suntan lotion claims to have anti-wrinkle activity on the other hand, this is all a good development according...

Industry must address solutions to preservatives rather than just constant bans, says L’Oréal

08-Dec-2015 - The cosmetics industry in Europe needs to address and develop specific risk assessment approaches and methodologies for preservatives, rather than just constant banning, according to a L’Oréal expert.

Study suggests pine bark extract contributes to skin hydration and reduces pigmentation

02-Dec-2015 - A new study on French Maritime Pine Bark has suggested the plant extract could contribute to skin hydration and reduce pigmentation when taken orally as a nutritional supplement or applied...

Reformulation is necessary to meet market, cultural, safety and environmental demand

01-Dec-2015 - The first ever in-cosmetics summit kicked off in London with a big focus on reformulation, given that the industry has had to redesign many of its products due to market...

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"Just because you’re good at printing plastic does not mean you can print cells," warns expert on 3D bioprinting

25-Nov-2015 - With 3D Bioprinting promising great future advances, cosmetics companies are exploring its potential for skin care applications. However, Arnold Bos at Lux Research calls for caution as printing cells is...

Fragrance industry supports the 'heightened abilities' of the visually impaired

24-Nov-2015 - Delegates at the International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades Conference in Sri Lanka have heard how the industry has come together to help train those with a visual impairment in...

P&G research on Malassezia opens the door to microbially-mediated skin disease treatments

19-Nov-2015 - P&G's work with an international team of scientists on a full genomic sequencing of all 14 species of the Malassezia genus has paved the way for new treatments for microbially-mediated...

World’s second largest palm oil producer makes sustainability pledge

18-Nov-2015 - Golden Agri-Resources, the world’s second biggest producer of palm oil, has agreed to re-engage with The Forest Trust in an effort to improve its sustainability profile.

Perfume smells nice to humans but could it be a mosquito repellent too?

17-Nov-2015 - Latest research on the effectiveness of mosquito repellents produced some surprising results with a Victoria’s Secret perfume and Avon fragrance repelling the bugs for approximately two hours.

To be successful a product must be safe, legal and relevant, says Oriflame

11-Nov-2015 - Cosmetics manufacturers face a number of challenges when reformulating a product due to legislation changes or in market-driven instances, but ultimately a product must be safe, legal and relevant, says...

Croda bags Certified Sustainable Palm Oil for its global manufacturing facilities

09-Nov-2015 - With the growing importance on sourcing and processing sustainable palm oil, Croda has fulfilled requirements for all of its manufacturing facilities to comply with industry standards.

Scientists focus on blocking enzymes to enable hair growth

27-Oct-2015 - A group of scientists at the Columbia University Medical Center claim research they have carried out shows that suspending a certain family of enzymes in hair follicles can help restore...

Scientific workshop gives update on metabolomics progress in beauty

21-Oct-2015 - Scientists at Osaka University Japan and Thai University have held a workshop on the latest cutting edge metabolomics which give insight into the skin's biology and advances R&D across industries...

Fashioning hair care, one chemical at a time

20-Oct-2015 - Cosmetics Design checked in with specialty chemical company AkzoNobel to discuss functional ingredients, customized material formats, sparking innovation within a global company and more.  

IIVS continues its work with China's labs on animal testing alternatives

15-Oct-2015 - The Institute for In Vitro Sciences is still very much present in China years after the first introduction of the animal testing alternative, continuing to build labs and educate scientists at...

Study shows beauty patch effectiveness in keeping skin tissue supple

14-Oct-2015 - A research team in Finland has demonstrated the effectiveness of its beauty patch to help skin absorption of cosmetics products, using a technique for imaging live tissue. 

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