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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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"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. 

Study uses novel technology to show skin lightness decreases with age

13-Oct-2015 - A new study using a novel technology to analyse the skin has demonstrated that as we get older our skin lightness decreases and there is an increase in dyspigmentation, and...

Special Newsletter - Natural & Organic

What happens when science unlocks the secrets to natural cosmetics…

08-Oct-2015 - The industry has been both developing, enhancing and replicating natural ingredients for years, but what technologies are driving this area now, will it ever be possible to tinker with organic ingredients and...

Scienceploitation? Is the beauty industry borrowing language for stem cell science claims?

07-Oct-2015 - The hype around stem cell science has created a market opportunity for the cosmetic industry; however a new study has suggested that the public need more education on the current...

Scientists develop nanoparticle containing sunscreen that doesn’t penetrate the skin

01-Oct-2015 - Researchers have developed a sunscreen, made with bioadhesive nanoparticles, that doesn’t penetrate the skin, eliminating serious health concerns associated with commercial sunscreens.

Scientists to develop green chemicals for perfume as part of new EU project

29-Sep-2015 - A team of scientists in the UK have announced a new £8.5 million (€11.5 million) project to develop green chemicals for use in the perfume and fragrance industry across Europe. 

The bioelectronic nose ready to change the face of fragrance

24-Sep-2015 - Researchers at Seoul National University constructed a nose device with sensors that can smell in much the same way humans do. It’s a technology with implications for many industries, not...

Beiersdorf makes new skin cell metabolism discovery to aid anti-ageing development

15-Sep-2015 - Beiersdrof researchers have found that skin cells can protect themselves against stress even faster and more holistically than previously thought, and this discovery will lead to the development of new...

Two new species of Thai snails are tipped for cosmetics developments

15-Sep-2015 - Thai scientists have discovered two new species of psychedelic-yellow tree snails whose free radical antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties will inspire many new skin care developments to come.

Oriflame assesses novel active as safe in cosmetics in-line with EU requirements

11-Sep-2015 - Oriflame’s Ireland operation has assessed acetyl aspartic acid (AAA) as safe for use in all cosmetics products at a level of 5%, using a new cosmetic safety assessor in line...

Japanese scientist awarded for 'trail-blazing work' on stem cells research

10-Sep-2015 - This year's Chanel 'CE.R.I.E.S.' Award that honors global research in the area of healthy skin and/or its reactions to environmental factors has been scooped up by Japan's Emi Nishimura M.D., Ph.D....

P&G research team finds chelant use in shampoo improves hair health

08-Sep-2015 - P&G scientists have found that the use of chelants in shampoos and conditioners will reduce copper levels in hair and ultimately lead to improved hair health, particularly when exposed to...

Physical effects applied with AHA peels improve skin pore and comedone condition

04-Sep-2015 - Scientists have discovered that applying a 4% alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) solution combined with using water jet pressure, had rapidly improved effects on whiteheads and blackheads on the face, and...

Thailand urged to up the ante on cosmetics research

26-Aug-2015 - Thailand's government has been called on to facilitate more biotechnology research, particularly in the areas of medicine and cosmetics.

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