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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.

Dermatological treatment targets scalp conditions caused by harsh hair care products

20-Nov-2014 - A scalp care treatment has been launched that relies on an organic oil carrier to deliver the active ingredient fluocinolone acetonide, providing relief from symptoms often caused by harsh hair...

Scientists trace HIV back to shared manicure tool - but remind its a rare finding

19-Nov-2014 - Although beauty instruments used for manicures are not on the list of sources of HIV transmission, the University of São Paulo has looked into a case where the virus could have been passed on...

Study links ultraviolet filters to male fertility problems

19-Nov-2014 - Some ultraviolet sunscreen chemicals may impair a male’s ability to father children, according to a preliminary study in the US that researchers say needs more data to be confirmed.

Scientists investigate protein degradation for better UV protection mechanisms

19-Nov-2014 - Researchers from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have shown that certain peptides degrade under UV light by first passing through a triplet quantum state, a reactive arrangement that...

Sunscreen Innovation Act reaches the White House

18-Nov-2014 - Following on from senate approval for the Sunscreen Innovation act in October, the bill is set to go to President Obama for his signature and enactment into law.  

DSM gains further understanding of pigmentation’s role in skin repair

14-Nov-2014 - DSM Personal Care has completed a new study into skin pigmentation and found that it does not appear to play a role in the facial skin barrier integrity and repair...

Shiseido sunscreen’s UV protection enhanced after water contact

12-Nov-2014 - Shiseido claims to have developed a sunscreen that actually enhances UV protection once in contact with water or perspiration.

Plant’s natural sunscreen found to absorb all wavelengths of UV-B radiation

12-Nov-2014 - Researchers have uncovered the process that naturally protects plants from sunburn and it could help scientists create sunscreens that offer better protection.

Amyris launches sugar-derived hair and skin emollient for the mid-price market

11-Nov-2014 - The ingredient, Hemisqualane, is the second in Amyris’ Neossance product line, sustainably sourced and of early interest to prominent brands in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Vegetable peptones may delay skin aging from within: Study

06-Nov-2014 - Extracts from vegetables may boost skin health by promoting the production of type 1 collagen and proliferation of skin cells responsible for skin recovery, says a new study from Korea.

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Suncayr Marker: a nanochemical sunscreen solution built by students

03-Nov-2014 - Nanotechnology engineering students from the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada, devised the product, which when applied directly to skin changes colour to indicate when wearer’s sunscreen is no longer...

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...

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