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Want to stay up to speed with the latest cosmetic research developments in skin care, hair care, fragrance, and color 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.

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

29-Oct-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 as entries close on...

Lignin shown to enhance sunscreen effectiveness

28-Oct-2014 - Scientists in China and Canada have shown that the addition of lignin to commercial sunscreens can actually enhance their effectiveness and that exposure to sunlight may help them work even...

Developed on earth, tested in space - NASA's anti-aging patent

27-Oct-2014 - Technology Applications International Corporation (NUUU) has concluded a clinical study to test the efficacy of anti-aging products, developed on earth and tested in space by NASA.

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Nobel Prize for Chemistry to affect Beiersdorf R&D on skin aging

21-Oct-2014 - Beiersdorf, the skin care company behind Nivea and Eucerin, proudly counts a recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry as a corporation partner and is looking forward to newly...

Naturally Australian Products launches new range of oils

21-Oct-2014 - Tapping into the growing interest in natural ingredients from Australia, Naturally Australian Products has launched a new range of ingredients sourced from all over the country.

Could Dow’s controlled-release polymer technology help fight Ebola?

16-Oct-2014 - Dow has recently teamed up with the research and development team for Unilever’s Lifebuoy soap, tackling the challenge of incorporating controlled release technology to enhance ingredient efficacy.

How sustainable is the EU's production scheme?

16-Oct-2014 - How much is Europe investing in the bioeconomy today, and just what state are those sectors in? The scientific and technical arm of the EC now has a dedicated website...

Vitamin D3 can reduce atopic dermatitis in kids via 'innate immunity': Study

15-Oct-2014 - Vitamin D supplementation improves winter-related atopic dermatitis (AD) in children at risk of vitamin D deficiency and could provide a safe alternative to UV light treatment, according to a new...

Scientists create biological version of synthetic coating

15-Oct-2014 - UC Berkeley scientists have taken proteins from nerve cells and created a biological version of a synthetic coating used in everyday liquids such as cosmetics, to keep small particles from...

Researchers develop stable lightweight foam

14-Oct-2014 - Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new type of stable foam that could be used to make lightweight, sustainable materials.

Grape antioxidant shown to treat acne effectively

14-Oct-2014 - Research from across the pond has shown how resveratrol works to inhibit growth of the bacteria that causes acne and can also be combined with benzoyl peroxide, a common acne...

New Jersey passes legislation to ban microbeads

13-Oct-2014 - Legislation that prohibits the manufacture or sale of cosmetics containing plastic microbeads in New Jersey has been unanimously passed by the state Assembly.

Nova Technology launches one-stop testing solution for skin hydration

02-Oct-2014 - New Jersey-based Nova Technology has launched a new one stop solution for the testing of skin hydration that incorporates a noninvasive method of data collection.

Ammonia-oxidizing bacteria shown to improve skin health

01-Oct-2014 - Scientists found that topically applying a strain of bacteria that metabolize ammonia, a major component of sweat, may improve skin health and could be used for the treatment of skin...

Pack Expo 2014 targets cosmetic and personal care packaging

01-Oct-2014 - Pack Expo International 2014 will open its doors in Chicago from November 2nd, and its organizer says there will be plenty of technology and product launches geared toward cosmetic packaging professionals.

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...

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...

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. 

Can a worsened skin appearance be put down to stress?

18-Sep-2014 - It has long been thought that breaking out in a bout of spots or pimples is the result of stress and this may be true, particularly if there is an...

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.

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. 

NUUU extends NASA agreement to further develop anti-aging cosmetics

10-Sep-2014 - Technology Applications International Corporation (NUUU) will continue its exclusive licensing agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop cosmetics and hair care products.

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...

Engineers develop new sensor to detect tiny individual nanoparticles

02-Sep-2014 - A team of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a new sensor that can detect and count nanoparticles, at sizes as small as 10 nanometers, one at...

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