Skin Science: Our top stories on cosmetic formulation and science

By Amanda Lim

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We dive into our most-read stories on formulation and science, featuring vegan collagen, anti-pollution research and microbiome beauty stories. ©GettyImages
We dive into our most-read stories on formulation and science, featuring vegan collagen, anti-pollution research and microbiome beauty stories. ©GettyImages
We dive into our most-read stories on formulation and science, featuring vegan collagen, anti-pollution research and microbiome beauty stories.

1 – Vegan collagen: Korea’s AHC adds Geltor’s human variant to best-selling eye cream

Geltor’s vegan human collagen is now being used in Ageless Real Eye Cream for Face,​ the latest version of AHC’s best-selling eye cream range.

AHC is manufactured by Kolmar Korea, which said the deal reflected growing consumer demand for high-performing clean animal-free products was increasing.

HumaColl21 is a commercial human Type 21 collagen, which was identified by Geltor as essential to the generation of type-2 and type-3 human collagen, which help to maintain the elasticity and youthfulness of skin.

It is the second product from Geltor after Collume, which was previously known as N-Collage.

Geltor claimed that the product can improve skin collagen content, reduce wrinkles, firm skin, improve elasticity and moisturisation.

2 – AmorePacific opens centre dedicated to the research and development of anti-pollution products

AmorePacific has launched an anti-pollution research centre​ at its Technology Research Institute in Korea in an effort to research the negative effects of pollution on the skin.

The goal of the facility is to develop new products with anti-pollution technology that can protect the skin from pollution.

The company said it planned to develop various anti-pollution solutions that protect the skin as well as remove pollutants from the skin surface and reduce the signs of damage.

“The AmorePacific Anti-Pollution Research Center was founded by AmorePacific Technology Research Institute, which has been able to predict the harmful environment and protect the skin health of our customers,"​ said Kim Chang-gi, director of the centre

3 – Sabah essential oils extractor on the hunt for new cosmetics and fragrance collaborators

An essential oils firm that grows lemongrass, cinnamon, torch ginger and vetiver in one thousand acres of lush countryside in Malaysia's Borneo state of Sabah is seeking new cosmetics and fragrance opportunities.

The company is a manufacturer, producer and seller of premium health, wellness and beauty products made from natural resources that are planted on the rich, volcanic soil there.

“Our plantation covers many rolling Sabahan hills and and valleys, with all these plants everywhere. It houses a wide variety of flora and fauna, with all sorts of birds, many varieties of snakes and there are monkeys," ​said Gaya’s Sabrina Majuakim.

"We plant all these herbs naturally, we don’t want to pollute the environment. Our boss, Marinah Embiricos, is very particular about that.”

4 – Symrise launches probiotics-based ingredient

Symrise has launched a probiotics-based ingredient expressly with the aim of providing additional protection to sensitive skin.

Called SymReboot L19, it is said to restor the skin’s instinctive defenses and helps boost the natural defense mechanism thanks to the probiotic-like action.

The ingredient launch taps into one of the most significant trends in the industry right now, which is focused on skin protection and microbiome.

Tapping into this trend, the Cosmetics Design team is holding its inaugural Cosmetics Design Summit which is a two-day programme focused entirely on microbiome and skin protection. If you are interested in learning more or even participating, please click here to find out more.

5 —Skin Microbiome Innovation: Esse brand profile

The skin’s natural bacteria landscape, otherwise known as its microbiome, has potential for testing and for inspiring new product development within the beauty and personal care industry. In this brand profile series, we take a look at the companies leading the way.

We caught up with the founder of Esse Skin Care​, Trevor Steyn, to hear the full details of the brand and where he thinks the skin microbiome trend is going.

“I think the precipitous drop in the cost of gene sequencing has caused the change in our perception of skin,” ​he says, suggesting why the skin’s microbiome is entering the spotlight now.

“Lower costs allowed The Human Microbiome Project to highlight the importance of the skin microbiome.

“Once it was clear that skin health was dependent on the state of its microbes, probiotics were the next obvious step … an effort to add keystone species that improve the health of the whole ecosystem.

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