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Want to stay up to speed with the latest cosmetic research developments in skin care, hair care, fragrance, and colour cosmetics? 

Bookmark this section to find out what scientists are up to in areas like natural polymers, microalgae, as well as other innovative ingredients and research being carried out by universities, researchers, ingredient suppliers and manufacturers.

Discovery of hair structure ‘critical’ for cosmetics industry’s understanding

30-Jul-2015 - A new discovery about the structure of human hair will change the way scientists and researchers, as well as the cosmetics industry, view and explore it in the future, according...

Scientists develop inorganic IR blockers to help protect against skin ageing

28-Jul-2015 - A team of researchers have found that using metal oxide-coating PMMA or Talc as a new infrared blocker inhibits IR-induced decrease of collagens in the skin which could lead to...

Shiseido enters new skin research agreement with CBRC

23-Jul-2015 - Shiseido has entered into a new collaboration agreement with the dermatology research centre at Massachusetts General Hospital in the US for collaborative research into skin biology as well as efforts...

Research finds bee propolis is a beneficial additive in lipsticks

22-Jul-2015 - Researchers in Poland have, for the first time, explored the influence of beeswax on the rheological properties of lipstick and found that those with added propolis are more brittle and...

Lignin nanoparticles create 'nanobullets' with antibacterial properties

21-Jul-2015 - Scientists at North Carolina State University have presented research that points to an effective environmentally-friendly antibacterial agent developed using lignin nanoparticles.

New paper suggests there could be a case for wearing sunscreen indoors

21-Jul-2015 - Scientists in Brazil have suggested that as UVA and UVB rays can penetrate glass and commercial lamps, such as Tungsten and Fluorescent lamps, can also emit small amounts of radiation...

Symrise brings the ‘green smoothie’ trend to cosmetics

21-Jul-2015 - Symrise is extending its range of offerings to include freshly pressed plant juice varieties that can easily be incorporated into cosmetic applications, taking inspiration from the food and beverage industries...

Shiseido uncovers cause of sagging skin and suggests pine cone extract may be the cure

16-Jul-2015 - Shiseido has, for the first time, found that impaired function of dermal lymphatic vessels can lead to sagging of the skin and is looking into ways to develop cosmetics products...

BASF and Poietis sign R&D agreement on 3D bioprinting technology for skin care

14-Jul-2015 - BASF has joined the 3D bioprinted skin party by teaming up with biotechnology firm Poietis to help develop and test cosmetic bioactives for skin care applications.

'We've found a cure for baldness,' says Shiseido

14-Jul-2015 - After ten years of scientific research, Japanese personal care player, Shiseido has patented its RepliCel Hair-01 (RCH-01) hair regeneration technology.

Skin study suggests why wrinkles occur more in certain parts of the face

09-Jul-2015 - Ever wondered why you seem to get more wrinkles in certain areas of your face, or that some appear more severe than others? Well, a new study has identified that...

Protein extracts from rice starch could have cosmetics possibilities says EU project

09-Jul-2015 - Rice – good enough to eat, and now, potentially good enough to make new cosmetics, after an EU-funded project researching the extraction of small pieces of protein from rice starch...

Scrub Up On Science

SCS event encourages the next generation of cosmetics scientists

02-Jul-2015 - The Society of Cosmetic Scientists (SCS) held its first ever Scrub Up On Science competition at London’s Science Museum last week as it looks to inspire children to get into...

Study documents DNA damage and aims to aid development of anti-ageing products

02-Jul-2015 - A study into the full range of ultraviolet radiation damage on the skin could help sunscreen and cosmetics manufacturers develop and test better protecting products, as for the first time...

L'Oreal acknowledges South Korea for dermatology initiative

02-Jul-2015 - At the 23rd World Congress of Dermatology, South Korea represented the Asia Pacific region for its 'voluntary social responsibility and hard work' in the area of dermatology.

New microscope shows live cells in 3 dimensions

30-Jun-2015 - The revolutionary tomographic technology from Nanolive SA, a Swedish startup, is set to change R&D in the personal care and cosmetics industries.

Ashland taps into epigenetics to target skin care pollution

25-Jun-2015 - The Cosmetics Design team caught up with Joel Mantelin, global marketing manager, biofunctionals at Ashland Specialty Ingredients, to find out how epigenetics is playing an increasingly important role in the...

Cosmetics Europe Assembly reports EU cosmetics market recovery

23-Jun-2015 - At the second annual 'Cosmetics Europe Week' in Brussels, industry experts revealed that the EU cosmetics market showed signs of recovery with 0.5% growth in 2014 – 72.5 billion Euros.

SkinCare Ingredients 2015

The importance of applying a sunscreen properly on product efficacy

16-Jun-2015 - In the lab the product may pass all the tests, but if it is not applied properly then this could be irrelevant, meaning the spreadability of a product can be...

Newly developed probiotic has cosmetic potential

11-Jun-2015 - A newly developed thickener for the food industry could also hold the key to probiotic functionality in cosmetic and personal care products.

L’Oréal uses ultrathin skin devices to measure hydration and thermal transport

09-Jun-2015 - The cosmetics industry is no stranger to technology and L’Oréal has demonstrated how a wearable device could have a big future in cosmetology and dermatology for thermal evaluations in a...

Sunscreens need to feel good when applied and we must encourage continued use

05-Jun-2015 - Sunscreen plays an important role in protecting our skin and (hopefully) we all use them to avoid dangerous sunburn, but they must feel good when applied to encourage the consumer...

SkinCare Ingredients 2015

NuSkin applies scientific rigour to the essential oils trend

04-Jun-2015 - Essential oils have been valued by many cultures for centuries and recently, as consumers have moved towards a preference for natural cosmetics, essential oils have become more prevalent in beauty...

P&G sets off on 3D bioprinted skin research project

03-Jun-2015 - Consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble is following its rivals down the 3D skin printing road as it looks to fund a five year research project to develop a commercial...

Researcher uses ‘green chemistry’ to quantify components in cosmetics

03-Jun-2015 - A Spanish researcher has developed three ‘green’ analytical methods to simultaneously analyse various components used in cosmetics products such as sunscreens, perfumes and shampoos, all in the name of consumer...

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