Anti-Aging / Skin Whitening

South Korea skin care device demand drives innovation

South Korea skin care device demand drives innovation

By Michelle Yeomans

Without question, Korea has one of the longest beauty routines in the world and seekers of perfect skin have recently been introduced to devices that make that regime easier. South Korea start-up, Way is one firm innovating for this trend with a digital...

Fujifilm signs new deal with Algatech to expand astaxanthin supply

Fujifilm signs new deal with Algatech to expand astaxanthin supply

By Michelle Yeomans

After almost a decade of sourcing Algatech’s astaxanthin as the main active for its Astalift skin care products, Fujifilm has now signed a supply and long-term agreement to distribute the company's astaxanthin raw materials in Japan.

Kao further invests in Shanghai market

Kao further invests in Shanghai market

By Michelle Yeomans

Kao has invested in its' third facility in China with a ¥5bn plant in Shanghai which will focus on producing key ingredients for shampoo and other cosmetics.

Shiseido sees opportunity in Japan's pollen concerns

Shiseido sees opportunity in Japan's pollen concerns

By Michelle Yeomans

As well as experiencing a high pollen count this spring, Japan has been hit by the pollution coming from China, which has opened up a new segment of opportunity for cosmetic players... 

Chanel - favoured by China’s luxury consumers

Chanel - favoured by China’s luxury consumers

By Michelle Yeomans

According to L2’s Digital IQ Index, Chanel is the luxury brand China's shoppers are most likely to buy, thanks in part to social media platforms helping to influence and facilitate the purchase. 

Who knew! Sea anemone found to combat skin ageing

in-cosmetics coverage

Who knew! Sea anemone found to combat skin ageing

By Michelle Yeomans

On speaking with Dr Alain Khaiat at in-cosmetics Barcelona, he directed Cosmetics Design's attention to his relationship with StartletDerma, whose work with sea anemones has led to a new method in collagen delivery.

'Lab grown' diamonds could mean more affordable luxury skin care

'Lab grown' diamonds could mean more affordable luxury skin care

By Michelle Yeomans

Diamond encrusted skin care creams are indeed a luxury both for the wearer and their pocket, but now scientists say they can replicate the gem in labs, which suggests cheaper production costs, which may in turn, become more affordable for the consumer.

2015: The Year of the Chinese Mask

2015: The Year of the Chinese Mask

By Michelle Yeomans

More and more Asian beauty industry shows have been dedicating areas to face mask investment and innovation, dubbing 2015 'The Year of the Chinese Mask.'

Sorbet natural cosmetics making headway in NZ

Sorbet natural cosmetics making headway in NZ

By Michelle Yeomans

An ambitious Christchurch cosmetics start-up is elbowing its' way to the forefront of New Zealand's cosmetics market. Which just goes to show that it's not just the big players changing the game.

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.

One of Snowden's premium placenta lines

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 can be found in blueberries

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..

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