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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.

Study points to plastic particles found in cosmetics as damaging

01-Sep-2015 - Face scrubs, cosmetics and cleaning products that contain microbeads could be harming the environment and in particular marine life, according to a new study by Plymouth University.

From waste prawn shells to shampoo - scientists develop new polymer

28-Aug-2015 - So you have made a lovely prawn cocktail, but what to do with the waste? Well, scientists have looked into producing shampoo using polymers found in seafood shells in a...

Researchers identify insect repelling compounds in sweetgrass

26-Aug-2015 - Most of us have at some point in our lives have had to deal with mosquito and/or insect bites and while investigating potential repellents, researchers have identified two chemicals in...

Scientists develop 'liver-on-chip' device to help with cosmetic product development

25-Aug-2015 - According to scientists from Israel and Germany, tighter EU regulations prohibiting the use of animals in safety testing, although more humane - is ultimately hindering new cosmetic product development.

New database helps formulators quantify long-term ingredient exposure

24-Aug-2015 - Just how much personal care and cosmetics product are loyal consumers in contact with? That’s what a team of researchers from the US and Europe – including two pros from...

Fresh science on anti-aging, from Avon

24-Aug-2015 - Avon researchers have identified two biological factors that make for a more nuanced understanding of why skin changes with time and how lines and wrinkles form.

L’Oréal research points to continuous hair care regimen to limit damage in curly hair

19-Aug-2015 - L’Oréal research has found that damage from grooming and environmental factors can lead to unpredictable breakage in African-American hair and that to combat this it recommends a continuous hair care...

Researchers develop PDMS elastomers that could have cosmetics application

19-Aug-2015 - A team of polymer physicists and chemists has developed a way to create an ultra–soft yet dry silicone rubber that although is intended for medical use, could also be of...

Belcorp study looks at efficacy of hot and cold moisturising formulations on skin water content

13-Aug-2015 - A study carried out by beauty firm Belcorp and a university in Colombia has found that hot and cold formulations make effective moisturizers and that the effect of hot formulation...

Study points to new active compound that could control body odour

11-Aug-2015 - Scientists have found that the cyclic oligosaccharide beta-cyclodextrin is capable of interacting with different components in sweat and body secretion and this could position it as an active for use...

Shiseido finds licorice extract and facial exercises stop skin sagging

07-Aug-2015 - Having studied how the loss of dermal anchoring structures leads to skin sagging, Shiseido has discovered that exercises to contract and relax facial muscles can stimulate fibroblasts to prevent this,...

Research suggests skin damage from UV radiation is reversible

05-Aug-2015 - A team of researchers based at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore believe they may have found proof that photoaging damage from ultraviolet radiation could be reversed.

Fraunhofer refines method to analyse nanoparticles in cosmetics

05-Aug-2015 - German research institute Fraunhofer has developed a process to calculate the nanoparticles in sunscreens and cosmetics by advancing and refining an existing method.

Mechanical engineers rethink how heat affects the natural curl structure of hair

04-Aug-2015 - Rather than studying hair according to ethnicity, researchers from Purdue University are categorizing hair by curl patterns and investigating the threshold at which each can tolerate heat styling. 

Moisturising cream better for dermal absorption of hyaluronic acid, says study

04-Aug-2015 - A research team in Poland has suggested that moisturising creams rather than ointments are better to carry hyaluronic acid for dermal absorption as they contain more water meaning the formulation...

All-natural sunscreen developed from algae to tackle pollution issue

03-Aug-2015 - A team of global scientists claim they have come up with a natural-based sunscreen that has been inspired by the strategy fish, algae and microorganisms develop as a means of...

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...

Shiseido's on the cusp of finding a cure for baldness...

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.

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