Anti-Aging / Skin Whitening

Shiseido's new R&D hub represents 'Vision 2020' plan

Shiseido's new R&D hub represents 'Vision 2020' plan

By Michelle Yeomans

After curbing its R&D spending in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, Shiseido is now investing in R&D again with hopes to boost group sales above the 1 trillion yen mark by 2020.

Men’s trends: natural, youthful, primal

Special Newsletter – Men’s Grooming

Men’s trends: natural, youthful, primal

By Deanna Utroske

Underlying the latest men’s grooming product trends here in the States is a longing for wellness. Be they topical skin care items, anti-aging creams, facial hair care essentials or nutraceuticals, men’s toiletries tend toward organics.

Asia’s skin whitening market is often misunderstood

Asia’s skin whitening market is often misunderstood

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

The skin whitening market in Asia is a booming one but it is also one that can be misunderstood, particularly in the West or where cultural, social, and physiological behaviour is different.

'Glabra' - the 'go to' ingredient for face masks?

'Glabra' - the 'go to' ingredient for face masks?

By Michelle Yeomans

As brands scramble to cater to Asia’s demand for a higher level of user experience in skin care, various brands have been investing in 'Glabra' – also known as golden collagen for face masks.

As the seasons change, so do Korean men’s skin barriers

As the seasons change, so do Korean men’s skin barriers

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

When the seasons change so can our mood or outlook, or even… South Korean men’s skin. A new study by the Inha University College of Medicine claims the factors that can maintain homogeneity of the skin barriers may noticeably change by seasons in the...

IBR gains Australian patent for anti-ageing Snowflake ingredient

IBR gains Australian patent for anti-ageing Snowflake ingredient

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Natural active ingredient supplier IBR has been given a boost in its quest to penetrate the Eastern markets after it was granted a patent for its IBR-Snowflake product in Australia, to go with the one it has already picked up in China.

Lignin shown to enhance sunscreen effectiveness

Lignin shown to enhance sunscreen effectiveness

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

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 better.

Red hot competition as placenta businesses jockey for supremacy

Analysis - Japan

Red hot competition as placenta businesses jockey for supremacy

By RJ Whitehead

With more than a quarter of Japan’s population over the age of 60, it is said that country suffers more from the issues of an ageing population than any other country. That’s no doubt why the anti-ageing industry is doing so well.

Snail skin care trend hits the US

Snail skin care trend hits the US

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

The benefits of snail mucus on the skin have been known to the cosmetics industry for a while, and having seen a big trend in Korea, it is now heading to American shores and is expected to be the ‘newest fad’.

Pterostilbene prevents UV skin damage

Study shows blueberry anti-oxidant prevents UV damage

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

A stilbenoid found in blueberries and grapes may have the capacity to prevent several types of UV-mediated damage, reddening of the skin and loss of skin barrier function when applied topically.

Pond's skin whitening ad in Pakistan raising eyebrows

Pond's skin whitening ad in Pakistan raising eyebrows

By Lucy Whitehouse

Western observers of the ever-popular skin-whitening trend in Asia continue to voice their disapproval, with a recent Pond’s advert in Thailand, which features the tagline ‘Dark Out, White In’, sparking debate.

Mintel: eye care innovation in Asia

Mintel: eye care innovation in Asia

By Michelle Yeomans

Asia is often viewed as the centre of cosmetic innovation. Here, Mintel rounds up some of the eye care products dominating the region's markets..

Whitening product innovation sees new focus on melanogenesis

Asia in Focus

Whitening product innovation sees new focus on melanogenesis

By Michelle Yeomans

This month we are looking at innovation in whitening products, which represented around 30% of total skin care business in 2014. While there are no new molecules to boast of, there is however, new stories on melanogenesis, according to our AP expert. 

Payouts start for Kanebo over skin whitening complaints

Payouts start for Kanebo over skin whitening complaints

By Michelle Yeomans

Japanese cosmetics firm Kanebo is to offer short term compensation payments to 4,000 people who suffered from skin problems after using its whitening products containing the chemical Rhododeno.

Hair loss and fat – it’s all linked finds new study

Hair loss and fat – it’s all linked finds new study

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

A new study combining science from Australia and the UK has suggested that losing weight and halting hair loss could go hand-in-hand after findings show that the skin can regulate fat production.

Estée Lauder - ready to make an acquisition?

Exclusive Insight

Estée Lauder on the look-out: Ready to acquire… if the deal is right?

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

The rumour mill is in full swing but it is not too ridiculous to suggest that Estée Lauder could be ripe to join the acquisition trail given its history and the current state of the market. It is not exactly out of character for the big players either…

The rise of the silkworm cocoon in skin care

The rise of the silkworm cocoon in skin care

By Michelle Yeomans

Silk cocoon-based skin care formulations are really starting to take off in Asia as consumers seek an alternative way to keep the skin radiant and treat the ageing process.

Beiersdorf R&D head says it’s OK to appreciate external innovations

Beiersdorf R&D head says it’s OK to appreciate external innovations

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Traditionally cosmetics companies have adopted a ‘not invented here’ attitude, but big benefits can be gained from changing to a ‘proudly found elsewhere’ mindset and being open with external partners, says Beiersdorf’s head of research and development.

Ashland showcases skin defence plankton extract in China

Ashland showcases skin defence plankton extract in China

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Aquatic plankton rich in GP4G nucleotides dampens the effect of infrared and ultraviolet radiation on the appearance of skin, according to new studies showcased at the Personal Care and Homecare Ingredients Exhibition (PCHi) in Shanghai.

Mibelle Biochemistry unveils anti-ageing snow algae extract

Mibelle Biochemistry unveils anti-ageing snow algae extract

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

An extract of snow algae can protect the skin against environmental stress factors and improve the barrier function and has been developed by Mibelle Biochemistry. Here, Dr Fred Zülli gives Cosmetics Design an exclusive insight.

Japanese men investing in anti-ageing products

Japanese men investing in anti-ageing products

By Michelle Yeomans

With Chinese, Japanese and Korean males indicated to be the most active consumers of grooming products, preferences have long grown from aftershave and shaving foam staples and innovation in skin care is booming to cater to this demand.

Japanese luxury cosmetics segment seeing success

Japanese luxury cosmetics segment seeing success

By Michelle Yeomans

Japanese cosmetic giants may now start to invest in bespoke facial care after seeing brands like Shiseido, Kao and Kose Corp cashing in on consumer demand for luxury products despite the recession in recent years.

Stem cell answer to beat the bald

Stem cell answer to beat the bald

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

A trio of studies have delved into the regeneration of hair follicles and described some of the factors that determine when hair grows, when it stops growing and when it falls out.