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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.

Innovation Zone in-cosmetics preview: Rainbow cream by Gova

23-Mar-2017 - Ahead of the in-cosmetics event, we shine a spotlight on some of the most innovative ingredients and formulas set to be on display at its Innovation Zone.

ProDERM webinar on raman spectroscopy in dermatological trials announced

23-Mar-2017 - A clinical research organisation, proDERM, has announced it will be hosting a free-to-attend webinar on raman spectroscopy in dermatology trials.

Truth or dare? Natural color cosmetics that work

22-Mar-2017 - Whether from natural-first indie brands like Evelyn Iona or top beauty industry companies like L’Oréal, color cosmetics formulated partially or entirely with natural ingredients are gaining popularity. And effective all-natural...

Innovation Zone in-cosmetics preview: SensAmone P5 by Mibelle for sensitive skin

21-Mar-2017 - Ahead of the in-cosmetics event, we’re shining a spotlight on some of the most innovative ingredients and formulas set to be on display at its Innovation Zone.

Lucas Meyer to roll out two new ingredients at in-cosmetics Global

21-Mar-2017 - Lucas Meyer Cosmetics has built a reputation for itself as one of the most innovative ingredients players in the market, and has traditionally used in-cosmetics as its global launch pad.

DuPont Tate & Lyle celebrates biotech ingredient milestone

16-Mar-2017 - The two companies formed a joint venture ten years ago and this month in Tennessee brought together partners, distributors, customers, local officials, employees, and the press to mark the anniversary...

Lipoid Kosmetik gets in on anti-pollution trend

16-Mar-2017 - Expect to see a rash of new product launches targeting the very hot anti-pollution trend at next month’s in-cosmetics Global event in London, and Lipoid Kosmetik is one of them....

Anti-pollution beauty and testing: your questions answered

09-Mar-2017 - At our recent anti-pollution forum, we gathered industry experts to discuss the global rising trend. Here, we look back at some of the top questions submitted by listeners on the...

Olay data shows skin care matters more than DNA

08-Mar-2017 - Earlier this week at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, the skin care brand presented skin aging data gathered in conjunction with the consumer genetics company...

J&J on formulating top quality baby care

01-Mar-2017 - Johnson & Johnson revealed top industry insight on baby care product formulation at the recent PCHi trade show in China.

PCHi 2017: in pictures

28-Feb-2017 - With this year's PCHi ingredients show in China a particularly special edition - its 10th anniversary - CosmeticsDesign was on hand to capture some of the highlights. 

DuPont’s latest skin care ingredient targets water balance

23-Feb-2017 - DuPont Industrial Biosciences has launched a new skin care active ingredient called Genencare OSMS MI. Perhaps most interesting is the fact that it targets optimal water content for skin cells.

Anti-acne still a focus: Ashland releases new range

17-Feb-2017 - Global specialty chemicals company Ashland has released a new concept range surrounding anti-acne skin care.

Free-from cosmetics claims in the spotlight

16-Feb-2017 - With this year’s annual FreeFrom Skincare Awards open for nominations and clean beauty increasingly in the spotlight, we take a look at the current state of the consumer enthusiasm for...

Technical access to 30,000 personal care ingredients: new programme announced

15-Feb-2017 - in-cosmetics, a B2B events series for personal care ingredients, has announced its collaboration with SpecialChem, the B2B digital marketing company specializing in chemicals and materials.

Guest article

What customization means to the personal care industry

13-Feb-2017 - Customization is set to be one of the biggest trends for personal care in 2017 – so just what does it mean to the Personal Care industry and what should...

Exclusive interview

What’s new in cosmetic green chemistry?

09-Feb-2017 - We caught up with Dr Barbara Olioso, founder of The Green Chemistry Consultancy, to get her take on the latest in green cosmetics chemistry.

Hair loss: untapped potential says latest data from Euromonitor

26-Jan-2017 - Hair loss as an issue holds greater potential for the beauty and personal care industry than is currently being met, according to recent data from a Euromonitor International beauty survey.

New study considers how solvents influence skin properties

24-Jan-2017 - A study by researchers at the University of Lund, in Southern Sweden, is taking a closer look at how solvents used in creams and lotions can impact the skin.

Scientists look at hair on a nanoscale

19-Jan-2017 - Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, in collaboration with a scientist out of Zurich, Switzerland, have published new data on the structure and mechanics of hair that has...

Johnson & Johnson at work on skin care that modulates bacteria

05-Jan-2017 - The multinational company has partnered with a biotech firm specializing in probiotic skin care and cosmetics as part of its new JLINX program.

Indie Beauty Expo goes to Los Angeles in January

22-Dec-2016 - The leading personal care and cosmetics event for independent brands is happening in LA next month and will include a new feature called Indie Connect, an educational and networking forum...

Ingredients manufacturer M&A activity in 2016

21-Dec-2016 - It has been a big year for merger and acquisition activity among some of the biggest players in the fine chemical and ingredients supplier segment.

Natural formulation innovation highlights of 2016

21-Dec-2016 - As rapid growth in natural and natural-based cosmetics and personal care products continues, formulators are under pressure to develop products that meet this demand without compromising efficacy.

Guest article

5 Top Actives of 2016

20-Dec-2016 - We’ve seen some fantastic materials launched this year with strong science and significant clinically proven results. There is no doubt ‘high science’ was on the agenda. Here are industry expert Belinda Carli's...