Protection and Microbiome

Is this new polymer the next quick fix face lift?

Is this new polymer the next quick fix face lift?

By Simon Pitman

A group of researchers has developed a silicone-based polymer that acts as a second layer of skin, creating a temporary tightening effect that could be the next anti-aging solution.

New directions in anti-ageing

Anti-ageing Special Newsletter

New directions in anti-ageing

By Deanna Utroske

Cosmetics Design surveys this distinctive beauty category by looking forward at formulation trends and reflecting on innovative launches and business moves from the past year.

Cosmetics Design Anti-Ageing Special Newsletter

Anti-Ageing Special Newsletter

Cosmetics Design Anti-Ageing Special Newsletter

By Simon Pitman

Welcome to this special edition newsletter on anti-ageing, covering all the latest trends and scientific breakthroughs in what is one of the most vital and inspiring categories in the industry.

Scientists identify dormant stage as crucial to healthy hair growth

Scientists identify dormant stage as crucial to healthy hair growth

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

A new study shows that the dormant phase for hair can actually be important for maintaining the cells' rejuvenating activity over time, as inhibiting a specific stem cell gene can speed up hair growth cycle, but also wear out and damage the hair...

Scientists identify grey hair gene for first time

Scientists identify grey hair gene for first time

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Scientists at University College London have identified the gene for greying hair for the first time, as well as the genes influencing hair shape and density and this could have a big impact on products to delay the ageing process.

Tattoo trend inspires new Rahn skin active

Tattoo trend inspires new Rahn skin active

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

The increasing number of people getting tattoos is an unlikely source of inspiration for Rahn’s newest Liftonin-Xpert active, due to the specialised skin care required after-inking.

Study links air pollution to dark spots on the face

Study links air pollution to dark spots on the face

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

A study on women from Germany and China has shown that there is a link between traffic-related air pollution caused to dark spots on the face, known as lentigenes or liver spots.

BASF raises vitamin A products prices to reflect global demand

BASF raises vitamin A products prices to reflect global demand

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

German firm BASF announces that it is increasing the global prices for its Vitamin A products by 20% in order to reflect the demand and supply situation on the market, and this will affect the anti-ageing and skin care categories.

Croda launches latest skin smoothing ingredient

Croda launches latest skin smoothing ingredient

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Ingredient supplier Croda has launched its new high molecular weight protein hydrolysate Prolevis, which targets skin wrinkles and imperfections, claiming to instantly smooth the skin.

Algatechnologies is launching AstaPure 5% natural astaxanthin oleoresin and is lloking to win the category's first health claim. Image: Algatechnologies

Health claims hole fails to dampen astaxanthin growth

By Lynda Searby

Algatechnologies is targeting the food supplements sector with a new grade of natural astaxanthin oleoresin, as interest in the carotenoid as a skin, eye and heart health ingredient builds.

Raspberry extract shows strong anti-ageing potential

Raspberry extract shows strong anti-ageing potential

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Research carried out by two biotechnology companies has found that an extract from the raspberry plant is effective in promoting skin hydration and protecting the cells from excessive water loss, meaning it could have potential for skin care and anti-ageing...

Multi-benefit natural products to drive skin whitening market

Multi-benefit natural products to drive skin whitening market

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Skin whitening is a trend big in Asia, but is also present in Europe and the US in anti-ageing as consumers seek a uniform skin tone, and with natural ingredients in-vogue at present, multi-faceted ones will be in big demand as they help to decrease costs.

Sun tan tattoos don’t have to be harmful if done the self-tan way

Sun tan tattoos don’t have to be harmful if done the self-tan way

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Ingredient supplier DSM says that the Erythrulose self-tanning enhancement ingredient can meet the demand of people wanting to temporarily ‘tattoo’ their skin, rather than by exposing skin to dangerous levels of sun as has been shown in the recent ‘sunburn...