Our First Cosmetics Design Summit: What Does the Skin Microbiome Industry Look Like?

By Natasha Spencer

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Our First Cosmetics Design Summit: What Does the Skin Microbiome Industry Look Like?
On 24th-25th June, we held our inaugural Cosmetics Design Summit on the skin microbiome in Amsterdam to ask, converse and answer the questions dominating the new space that meets beauty, health and wellness.

More than 100 scientists, entrepreneurs, manufacturers and multinational brand personnel attended our first Cosmetics Design Summit. Taking place over two days, the Summit sought to shed light and open up discussions on the emergence, development, challenges and future opportunities within the skin microbiome space.

Exploring the Skin Microbiome Segment

Simon Pitman, Senior Editor of the Cosmetics Design publishing portfolio and Deanna Ustroske, Editor of Cosmetics Design US, chaired the event. Introducing two days of conferences and networking, the event was complete with the latest scientific research, ingredient selection choices, finished product developments and brand and marketing techniques from leading authorities and industry players. 

Our inaugural event was sponsored by leading brands in the field of skin microbiome: DSM, Givaudan, Sabinsa, Solabia, Atlantia and Mibelle Biochemistry. Dedicated and interactive areas were set up throughout the event for attendees to explore how these brands’ were focusing their ingredient selections, R&D product development efforts, along with packaging and claims labelling decisions to appeal to the skin microbiome segment.

Influences Impacting the Skin Microbiome in Cosmetics

Over our two-day event, our accomplished speakers came from all areas of the skin microbiome industry including scientific R&D, manufacturing, regulations, brand development and marketing, packaging and entrepreneurship.

Day 1 of the conference focused on:

-       The role microbiome plays in skin health

-       How the built environment has changed the skin’s microbiome over time

-       The interconnection between probiotics and wellness

-       How technology and insight tools are contributing towards the business landscape

Following our conference on Day 1, our delegates joined Cosmetics Design on a boat across the famous Amsterdam canals before reaching Amsterdam’s sky lounge. Overlooking the entire city, we engaged in an evening of further discussion, business networking, drinks and canapes.

On Day 2, we continued to explore topics and insights on the skin microbiome space, specifically:

-       The regulatory environment and how it can support and alter the new selection of products

-       What our growing knowledge of all things microbiome means for ingredient development, product formulation and packaging

-       What we can expect from the future of skin microbiome

On Day 2, attendees were invited to engage in speed networking to introduce themselves to new contacts, build existing relationships and grow networks to enhance business opportunities.

Roundtable lunches followed giving delegates the opportunity to select a specific table and engage in an in-depth and exploration discussion on one of the core areas impacting and leading discussions on the skin microbiome trend.

Roundtable discussion were held on:

  1. Skin Microbiome exploration for active ingredient innovation hosted by Givaudan’s Catherine Zanchetta to explore innovations used to create new active cosmetics ingredients in the beauty space.
  2. The misuse of the terms probiotic and prebiotic in cosmetics led by Dr Dalida Chuoci, Global Regulatory Affair Manager of Personal Care and Aroma Chemicals at DSM. The table discussed the definition of prebiotics, postbiotics and probiotics, along with the terms microbiome, microbiota, symbiosis, commensal, homeostasis and dysbiosis.
  3. Piloting the populations of probiotics and postbiotics by Dr Umar Jan, the resident director of Sabinsa Europe. Conversations revolved around how the cosmetics industry can ensure a successful formulation when new cosmeceutical products targeting the skin microbiome are launching every day.
  4. What we know about the skin and microbiome balance by Celine Blanchard, Cutaneous Biology Research Engineer at Solabia to talk about the key ingredient strategies used to manage the skin’s microbiome health.
  5. Bringing skin microbiome innovation to the market: A cliivc research approach hosted by Julie O’Sullivan, Skin microbiome research at APC Microbiome Ireland to delve into how brands in the insurer can delve into the design and development of human clinical trials to provide the health benefits of skin health-based products.
  6. Emerging innovation and partnership opportunities in the skin microbiome space hosted by Dr Harini Vengataraman, an analyst at Lux research. Together, the table looked at emerging innovation and engagement opportunities to drive growth.
  7. Beyond acne, does the microbiome influence skin ageing? Dr Thomas Wells of research and development at Henkel led the conversation of the impact that microbiome can have on the skin’s ageing, and whether molecular process can support skin ageing changes?
  8. A look at the safety assessment of live probiotics and what we can learn from the food industry by Bernhard Paetzold, CSO of S-Biomedic. The discussion asked how we can adapt guidelines from the food industry to measure the safety of bacteria in the cosmetics industry.

We rounded off our two-day event with a panel discussion on the provisions for the future of the microbiome in beauty and personal care. Our Senior Editor, Simon Pitman was joined on stage by panlists Celine Hanain, Development Product Manager, Solabia; Dr Umar Jan, Resident Director, Sabinsa Europe; David Tyrell, Global Skincare Analyst, Beauty and Personal Care at Mintel; and Kit Wallen Russel, Co-founder and R&D director of JooMo.

We explored questions on why skin microbiome is forming the next gen of skin care products, the impact of pre and post biotics to support consumer understanding, how the efficacy of microbiota-targeted products can go to the next level, whether microbiome has longevity and what the industry anticipates the skin microbiome will look like in five years’ time.

Over the next coming weeks, we will be publishing our in-depth spotlight content, articles and video interviews from our first ever Cosmetics Design Summit, plus information on next year’s event.

Keep an eye out for all upcoming skin microbiome information, and news of our Cosmetics Design Summit 2020. 

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