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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.

Toho University in the spotlight for ingestable hyaluronan

01-Oct-2014 - Toho University has been recognized for its work on the 'only hyaluronate compound' proven to be effective in increasing skin moisture in supplements to date.

L'Oréal obtains China license for skin model business

01-Oct-2014 - L'Oréal has been granted a license by authorities in China for its Episkin Biotechnology business, giving it the right to market its reconstructed skin model in the country.

Skin pigment understanding could lead to better sun protection products

30-Sep-2014 - Researchers in Sweden, France and Italy have worked out how the pigment of the skin manages to protect the body from the sun's dangerous UV rays, and this could lead...

Scientists behind cosmetic plastics and polymers nominated for Nobel Prize

30-Sep-2014 - Three Australian scientists have found themselves on the Nobel Prize contender list for the impact of their research in industries like cosmetics.

Work in the city? Pollution damaging your skin? Silicone specialties could help

25-Sep-2014 - New research from Dow Corning suggests that the ability of silicone specialties to form a film preventing the aggression from reaching skin, without impacting detrimentally aesthetics, could be of interest...

Medical device interests cosmetics companies as it monitors skin health

25-Sep-2014 - A new wearable ‘skin-like’ medical device that can warn the user if they are having cardiovascular trouble can also monitor skin health and say if it is time to put...

Study shows blueberry anti-oxidant prevents UV damage

24-Sep-2014 - 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...

Researchers develop beauty patch to enhance absorption of skin care products

23-Sep-2014 - A team of researchers in Finland have developed a disposable beauty patch that uses microampere current to enhance absorption of skin care products that will offer future consumers an opportunity...

Scientists develop novel microneedle patch to deliver collagen more effectively

23-Sep-2014 - Singapore based scientists have discovered a way to get collagen to penetrate deeper into the skin in a more efficient way. 

We want you: Scientific committee calls for cutting edge science at Probiota 2015

22-Sep-2014 - A newly established scientific committee are set to assess cutting edge research for the Probiota 2015 Scientific Frontiers poster session. Don’t miss your chance to present.

EU researchers cultivate seaweed for biodegradable bioplastics

19-Sep-2014 - SEABIOPLAS, an FP7-funded project is cultivating seaweed to develop sustainable biodegradable bioplastics.

EU invests €2.9 million in natural substitutes to synthetics

18-Sep-2014 - The EU-funded AGROCOS project is foraging through the plant world for natural substitutes to synthetic ingredients currently used in cosmetics and agrochemical products.

Scientists develop lucrative perfume fixative from Mexican plant

16-Sep-2014 - Scientists have found a more sustainable way to produce an ambergris-alternative perfume ingredient from a Mexican plant, which could prove lucrative.

Cyprotex expands skin sensitisation methods with KeratinoSens assay

11-Sep-2014 - Cyprotex a specialist contract researcher has launched a new in vitro screening service for determining skin sensitisation with the KeratinoSens test method. 

Oils specialist in UK set to profit from South American cosmetics boom

11-Sep-2014 - A rising player from the UK on the specialist oils for consumer goods scene is now looking to profit from the ongoing cosmetics boom in South America. 

Lancôme study finds women feel five years younger, until 45

10-Sep-2014 - With anti-ageing ever-present as a key concern on the beauty industry’s agenda, Lancôme has carried out a study which reveals that 45 is the age at which most women start to...

Dow Corning develops new PEG-free W/O emulsifier

09-Sep-2014 - Dow Corning claims that its new water-in-oil emulsifier provides expanded options for formulating stable PEG-free water-in-oil and water-in-silicone emulsions, for use in the cosmetics industry.

BASF teams up with RDTC to develop sunscreen for albinism protection in Tanzania

05-Sep-2014 - BASF has teamed up with the Regional Dermatology Training Centre (RDTC) to develop sunscreen for people affected with albinism in Tanzania.

Enzyme ‘Google’ to discover new possible reaction pathways

04-Sep-2014 - The Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) and the University of Graz have teamed up to develop a combination of database and search engine that can filter enzyme functions out...

Ecetoc advises toxicologists on "multiple perspective” framework for nano grouping

04-Sep-2014 - The European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology (Ecetoc) has published a report that suggests toxicologists build a comprehensive “multiple perspective” framework when grouping nanomaterials in future reviews.

Sun-kissed skin through eating fruit and veg

02-Sep-2014 - A new study into facial attractiveness has found that skin colouration is an important factor and that carotenoid colouration through the ingestion of fruit and vegetables may give the best...

Artificial micro-humans could spell the end of animal testing

02-Sep-2014 - Germany-based company TissUse has showcased its new artificial micro-human platform which enables the testing of drugs or chemicals on a set of miniaturized human organs emulating the biology of the...

Extraction technology from Phytonext could help reduce food waste and lower food and cosmetics prices

27-Aug-2014 - A botanical extract technology focusing on essential oils from citrus peel could help cut cosmetics and food prices as well as reduce food waste, the firm behind it is claiming....

Could taurine be the key to energised personal care?

27-Aug-2014 - Energised toothpaste, shampoo and skin care could be the next big thing for personal care consumers in the UK, as a new market report pinpoints consumers’ search for something new as a...

New research points to sunblock damaging marine life

26-Aug-2014 - New research is adding to the body of evidence that certain sunblock ingredients maybe potentially hazardous to marine life when they wash off in the sea.

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