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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.

Columbia University Medical Centre pill to reverse hair loss

19-Sep-2014 - Scientists at Columbia University have taken a pill that treats bone marrow disorders and used the treatment to reverse hair loss in patients with alopecia.

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.

Scientists working on nail polish that detects date-rape drugs

26-Aug-2014 - North Carolina State University is attempting to produce a nail polish that will reveal the presence of Rohypnol and GHB in a drink by changing colour.

Beiersdorf develops active ingredient to soothe sensitive skin

22-Aug-2014 - Beiersdorf has conducted research into skin irritation and its causes and used this information develop its new active ingredient that will be used in its Eucerin skin care range.

9th World Congress on animal testing alternatives starts next week

21-Aug-2014 - The latest developments on animal testing alternatives will be tabled for discussion at next week’s World Congress on Alternatives and Animal US in the Life Sciences, in Prague, next week....

Kao research identifies natural enzyme to produce sustainable surfactants

21-Aug-2014 - Kao has found a natural enzyme that can produce medium chain fatty acids used as raw materials in the production of surfactants for shampoos and cosmetics, through its research, particularly...

BASF UV filter 'first in its nano form' to make new EU regulation list

20-Aug-2014 - BASF claims it is the first to have its' UV filter 'Tinosorb' included in the positive list (Annex VI) of the new EU Cosmetics Regulation.

Could antiperspirant be making matters worse?

19-Aug-2014 - New research by a team of scientists in Belgium may suggest that using antiperspirant on a regular basis could actually contribute to underarm body odour.

Micronutrients have a role to play in anti-ageing skin care

14-Aug-2014 - Micronutrients are essential for our diet but can also play a role in maintaining healthy skin in topical applications, according to a leading dermatologist.

The secret to anti-ageing could be in skin sugars

13-Aug-2014 - Glycans, which are sugars on the surface of cells, might hold the secret to ageing of the skin which bodes well for skin creams being developed, but more research needs...

Stress could worsen skin’s appearance

12-Aug-2014 - Feeling pampered and relaxed could be the key to healthy skin as an inflammatory skin condition or a breakout of spots or a rash could worsen or be caused by...

Something fishy? No, it’s just sunscreen

08-Aug-2014 - After eating a nice piece of fish, few of us would think of using the leftovers as the basis for an effective sunscreen but that is the basis of some...

Study is the first to link natural moisturizer to food allergies

24-Jul-2014 - Research conducted into natural ingredients in products targeting dry skin has demonstrated evidence of a link between the topical application and the subsequent development of food allergies.

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