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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.

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.

Naturex develops AHAs for skin radiance

12-Nov-2014 - Ingredients supplier Naturex has launched its latest line of extracts from its Radiance collection at the in-cosmetics Asia event in Bangkok.

Vegetable peptones may delay skin aging from within: Study

06-Nov-2014 - Extracts from vegetables may boost skin health by promoting the production of type 1 collagen and proliferation of skin cells responsible for skin recovery, says a new study from Korea.

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Kosé presents work on mascara that ‘enhances social impressions’

04-Nov-2014 - The Japan-based cosmetics player Kosé has been working on an aesthetic shape-controlling mascara that it reckons can contribute to an enhanced social impression in Asia.

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

29-Oct-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 as entries close on...

Lignin shown to enhance sunscreen effectiveness

28-Oct-2014 - Scientists in China and Canada have shown that the addition of lignin to commercial sunscreens can actually enhance their effectiveness and that exposure to sunlight may help them work even...

Developed on earth, tested in space - NASA's anti-aging patent

27-Oct-2014 - Technology Applications International Corporation (NUUU) has concluded a clinical study to test the efficacy of anti-aging products, developed on earth and tested in space by NASA.

Naturally Australian Products launches new range of oils

21-Oct-2014 - Tapping into the growing interest in natural ingredients from Australia, Naturally Australian Products has launched a new range of ingredients sourced from all over the country.

Vitamin D3 can reduce atopic dermatitis in kids via 'innate immunity': Study

15-Oct-2014 - Vitamin D supplementation improves winter-related atopic dermatitis (AD) in children at risk of vitamin D deficiency and could provide a safe alternative to UV light treatment, according to a new...

Lack of demand from cosmetics players leads to fall in Malaysian palm oil production

15-Oct-2014 - Palm oil production slumped significantly in Malaysia during September, as demand from a host of industries, including cosmetics and personal care, has continued to fall this year.

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