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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.

Study documents DNA damage and aims to aid development of anti-ageing products

02-Jul-2015 - A study into the full range of ultraviolet radiation damage on the skin could help sunscreen and cosmetics manufacturers develop and test better protecting products, as for the first time...

Could a new pulse technology be the long-awaited Botox alternative?

01-Jul-2015 - A newly developed non-invasive pulse technology is being heralded as the next step in the search for effective solutions to treat degenerative skin disease.

New microscope shows live cells in 3 dimensions

30-Jun-2015 - The revolutionary tomographic technology from Nanolive SA, a Swedish startup, is set to change R&D in the personal care and cosmetics industries.

Nanomaterials found detrimental to sea life

24-Jun-2015 - Published research from the University of California, Davis, casts doubt on whether personal care products can be safely designed with nano-zinc and nano-copper oxides.

Research reveals confusion over sunscreen terminology

18-Jun-2015 - New research shows that consumers in the United States are often confused by the terminology used on sunscreen labels, while a combined star rating and SPF system may make things...

L’Oreal bringing wearable electronics out of the lab and on to consumers

18-Jun-2015 - Flexible wireless sensors, developed in collaboration with engineers from the University of Illinois, measure skin conditions and gather data that L’Oreal can put to good use.

Induchem Science Symposium focuses on the future role of omics

16-Jun-2015 - Switzerland-based specialty chemicals player Induchem recently held its annual Science Symposium in New York, which this year focused on the role that omics is playing in cosmetics development.

SkinCare Ingredients 2015

The importance of applying a sunscreen properly on product efficacy

16-Jun-2015 - In the lab the product may pass all the tests, but if it is not applied properly then this could be irrelevant, meaning the spreadability of a product can be...

Newly developed probiotic has cosmetic potential

11-Jun-2015 - A newly developed thickener for the food industry could also hold the key to probiotic functionality in cosmetic and personal care products.

Brazil’s Natura Cosmetics to formulate with microalgae oil

11-Jun-2015 - The direct-sales beauty and personal care company has signed a purchasing deal with Solazyme to use AlgaPūr in its products.

TerraVerdae joins growing number of microbead alternatives

08-Jun-2015 - With the hand of the law increasingly turning against plastic microbeads in the United States, TerraVerdae has joined a growing list of biodegradable alternative ingredients.

Minnesota study underlines waterways pollution from cosmetics

04-Jun-2015 - A new study has been released by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that confirms pollution from cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and endocrine disrupting compounds across the state’s waterways.

SkinCare Ingredients 2015

NuSkin applies scientific rigour to the essential oils trend

04-Jun-2015 - Essential oils have been valued by many cultures for centuries and recently, as consumers have moved towards a preference for natural cosmetics, essential oils have become more prevalent in beauty...

Supercomputers make better formulation partners, thanks to tech improvements

03-Jun-2015 - Personal care companies can use big data more effectively and efficiently with the help of newer, faster, cheaper machines out of Silicon Valley.

P&G sets off on 3D bioprinted skin research project

03-Jun-2015 - Consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble is following its rivals down the 3D skin printing road as it looks to fund a five year research project to develop a commercial...

Suppliers’ Day 2015: Interview with Jennifer Donahue, Croda Inc marketing manager skin care

02-Jun-2015 - Cosmetics Design caught up with Jennifer Donahue, marketing manager for skin care at Croda Inc, to find out about the latest launches, the company's focus on sustainability and the move...

Botox improves pliability and elasticity of skin, study shows

01-Jun-2015 - A new study by scientists in Canada claims that Botox injections can help improve both the elasticity and pliability of skin for up to four months after the treatment is...

Here’s how colorful bugs will transform cosmetics

28-May-2015 - Biophotonic nanostructures made by beetles, butterflies and other bugs just might be the blueprint that scientists need to make iridescent pigments commercially practical.

Symrise opens Amazon production facility in Brazil

28-May-2015 - Ingredients player Symrise has opened up a new production facility in the Amazon region of Brazil, with the aim of sourcing natural ingredients for its global beauty care business.

Bio-identicals, the next step in sustainability

27-May-2015 - Ingredient labs are producing high tech biomimetic materials, and one personal care industry expert predicts these next-generation naturals will trump organics before long. 

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Plant stem cells are a natural way to speak about anti-ageing, says expert

18-May-2015 - Younger consumers in particular, prefer plant stems cells to traditional ingredients like retinol, giving brands an opportunity to tailor their messaging for different age groups in South Korea.

Dow Europe showcases expertise in oils and long-lasting soaps

15-May-2015 - Cosmetics Design caught up with Stephanie Sandrolk-Beunat, global strategic marketing manager, Dow Europe at the recent in-cosmetics event in Barcelona to find out about how the latest ingredient launches are...

Naturex develops biomimetic botanical extracts for cosmetics with NaDES technology

14-May-2015 - Ingredient supplier Naturex has developed biomimetic botanical extracts using breakthrough NaDES technology for the cosmetics industry, having successfully applied for a patent.

L’Oréal corners the market on bioprinted skin

07-May-2015 - The 3-D human tissue company Organovo filed a current report this week with the SEC stipulating the conditions of that company’s arrangement with L’Oréal USA, which is a game changer...

Croda breaks ground on first ever facility to produce sustainable non-ionic surfactants

06-May-2015 - Croda International has started construction on a site in Delaware that will be the first ever manufacturing facility to produce sustainable non-ionic surfactants.

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