Skin science: Latest stories on cosmetics science and formulation

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We dive into our most-read stories on formulation and science, featuring L’Oréal’s research on soil microbes. [L'Oréal]
We dive into our most-read stories on formulation and science, featuring L’Oréal’s research on soil microbes. [L'Oréal]

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We dive into our most-read stories on formulation and science, featuring L’Oréal’s research on soil microbes, Evonik’s vegan collagen developments, Curie Co’s bioactive bond builder, and more.

L’Oréal dives into soil microbe research to extract the best of nature

L’Oréal and a team of researchers from Singapore will study soil microbes and how it can improve soil quality and increase plant yields in a sustainable manner.

In April, the French cosmetics giant announced a strategic partnership with the National University of Singapore (NUS) to embark on soil microbe research.

The joint research initiative aims to find new ways to improve soil health and increase plant yield without needing more land or relying on chemical fertilisers.

Demand for safety and efficacy drive Asian consumers to seek out skin-identical ingredients – Evonik

Asian consumer demand for products that offer visible results without compromising on safety is leading Evonik to focus on skin-identical ingredients, most notably with a new vegan collagen range.

While efficacy is paramount, Asian consumers are not willing to compromise safety, leading to a rising interest in skin-identical ingredients.

Collagen is a sought-after cosmetics ingredient for its ability to improve skin elasticity, hydration, and overall help to reduce the signs of skin ageing.

Curie Co believes it can bring effective anti-humidity hair solutions to SEA

US-based biotech firm Curie Co has launched a naturally derived bond builder which it believes has the potential to be an effective anti-humidity hair care solution for South East Asia.

The firm was attending ingredients trade show in-cosmetics Global 2024 for the first time in April to unveil its flagship cosmetic launch, Curamina.

“What we have is a bioactive bond builder that makes new peptide bonds with collagen and keratin. What we can do is seal in protein in hair,”​ said Erika Milczek, founder and chief executive of Curie Co.

Organic Bioactives aims to capture fast rising opportunities in hair care with native NZ botanicals

Cosmetics ingredients maker Organic Bioactives has debuted hair care solutions for the first time with the aim of capturing the growing market opportunities in the lucrative category.

The New Zealand-based company showcased new data on hair care for two existing skin care actives at ingredients show in-cosmetics Global 2024 in Paris, which took place from April 16 to 18.

The first was ManukaDerMX, a manuka leaf extract that the firm claims has exhibited excellent colour preservation thanks to its antioxidant activity.

Toyo Sugar produces water-soluble resveratrol to expand use in cosmetic formulations to tap longevity trend

A Japanese ingredient firm has enzymatically modified resveratrol to make it water-soluble and more bioavailable to expand its use in various cosmetic formulas amidst rising interest in longevity.

Resveratrol is highly regarded for its health benefits, particularly for promoting overall health and longevity.

Its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, ultraviolet (UV) protective properties make it one of the most well-known cosmetics ingredients, especially in the anti-ageing category, with brands such as Caudalie and Skinceuticals incorporating it into their products.

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