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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.

Butter-coated powders standout among cosmetics and skin care ingredients

23-May-2016 - At this year’s NYSCC Suppliers Day event, Cosmetics Design checked in with Stellie Balthazard of Blue Sun International about that company’s butter-coated powder ingredients and the options that manufacturers have...

There’s a new cosmetics science certificate program in Canada

23-May-2016 - Seneca College in Toronto has launched a graduate-level certificate program meant to prepare students for careers in sales, regulatory, or laboratory roles in the cosmetics and personal care industries.  ...

New skin lightening ingredient passes safety tests

19-May-2016 - Specialty chemicals firm Sirona Biochem has announced that its new skin lightening compound has recently gone through safety and efficacy testing that has brought the innovation a major step closer...

The possibilities for 3-D printed hair seem endless…

17-May-2016 - 3-D printed skin has already made a splash as a non-animal alternative testing method, but now researchers have created new possibilities for 3-D printed hair using advanced software.

Smithsonian to digitize cosmetics and personal care collection

16-May-2016 - Making resources available online is a new priority for the museum and thanks to funding from a long-standing personal care brand, the project is moving ahead.

CD Buzz: Fision WrinkleFix

A look at TRI-K’s multifunctional anti-aging ingredient

12-May-2016 - At in-cosmetics Paris, Elzbieta Kaprzyk, director of innovation, research, and development for the company, spoke with Cosmetics Design reporter Deanna Utroske about Fision WrinkleFix.

Shiseido opens its new Americas Innovation Center

12-May-2016 - At a ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by Mayor Janice Mironov and the company’s top executives and R&D chemists, Shiseido shared its plans for new tech and product development as well as...

CD Buzz: Meadowderm

Ingredient Launch: Elementis Specialties debuted Meadowderm at in-cosmetics Paris

11-May-2016 - Senior Scientist Veronika Solotoff spoke with Cosmetics Design reporter Deanna Utroske about the new anti-aging ingredient.

CD Buzz: Defenscalp

A new ingredient for scalp care and anti-dandruff products

10-May-2016 - At in-cosmetics Paris, Cosmetics Design reporter Deanna Utroske sat down with Magali Borel, product manager of IFF Lucas Meyer Cosmetics, to discuss that company’s Defenscalp ingredient.

Industry turns to Korea: in-cosmetics gears up for second event

10-May-2016 - The cosmetics industry is set to turn its attention to Korea for the second in-cosmetics trade event there, in confirmation that the country continues to be a powerhouse at the...

Exclusive interview

How Shiseido makes makeup

09-May-2016 - Katsunori Yoshida, executive vice president of Shiseido’s newly operational Americas Innovation Center, talked with Cosmetics Design about how the company innovates, what differentiates brands and regions, and the forthcoming cosmetic...

New research links cosmetics and personal care products to reproductive problems

05-May-2016 - Scientists at SUNY Downstate Medical Center have demonstrated a link between three common ingredients and adverse health in newborn humans .

Research into Lemur secretions points to squalene as a key to longer-lasting scents

05-May-2016 - Scientists from Duke University in the U.S. believe that observing how Lemurs mix their own secretions to create effective scents could unlock some useful secrets for perfume-makers.

Stopping grey hair with science

03-May-2016 - NYU researchers Makoto Takeo, Wendy Lee, and their team have identified the molecular pathway that manages hair (and skin) color. And this latest ‘cure for grey’ is making headlines well...

Anti-ageing Special Newsletter

What’s trending in the natural anti-ageing category right now?

29-Apr-2016 - In the past few months we have seen a plethora of new natural-based ingredient launches targeting the anti-ageing beauty market, including, a raspberry extract, a green coffee oil ingredient and a new apple...

New testing model underlines how SPF30 sunscreen can delay melanoma

28-Apr-2016 - A new type of clinical trial carried out by scientists at the Ohio State University have proven that the use of SPF30 sunscreens can delay incidences of melanoma.

Sugarcane ingredient of choice to replace shark-derived squalene

28-Apr-2016 - Popular personal care ingredient squalene is an organic compound often derived from sharks’ livers - in response to consumer demand for cruelty-free and renewable ingredients, manufacturers are now looking elsewhere...

Environmental expert slams war on personal care microbeads

26-Apr-2016 - Further research carried out at the University of Michigan into the possible pollution effects of microbeads in waters in the Great Lakes have demonstrated a vastly different outcome.

Greater understanding of pollution leads to new Sederma active Citystem

22-Apr-2016 - Sederma has turned its innovation attention to the popular anti-pollution trend, developing its latest natural active ingredient Citystem to fight against visible and invisible pollution damage to the skin. 

Natureworks launches lab to develop methane to lactic acid process

18-Apr-2016 - Natureworks, which specializes in lactides and biopolymers, has invested in a development facility to convert methane into lactic acid, with applications in a spectrum of personal care products.

And the winner is… in-cosmetics 2016 awards announced

15-Apr-2016 - As the second day of the in-cosmetics trade show drew to a close in Paris, the hall filtered away from the main show floor and into the annual awards ceremony,...

Dow Corning invests in personal care manufacturing capabilities

13-Apr-2016 - Dow Corning has invested $6 million to expand its silicones manufacturing plant in Midland, Michigan to increase production of silicone elastomer blends for beauty and personal care.

Lucas Meyer unveils new pore-shrinking ingredient at in-cosmetics Paris

13-Apr-2016 - Lucas Meyer Cosmetics is unveiling its latest ingredient, a pore-minimizer called Miniporyl, at this weeks in-cosmetics event in Paris.

Palm-free ingredient portfolio stands out at in-cosmetics

13-Apr-2016 - Inolex, a Pennsylvania-based personal care ingredient company, is launching a new collection of ingredients at this week’s show in Paris, France, and seeing a terrific industry response to its alternatives...

in-cosmetics 2016 Paris in pictures!

13-Apr-2016 - With day one over and two yet to come of the in-cosmetics Paris trade show, take a look through this gallery at a snapshot of some of the highlights so...