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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.

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...

Could taurine be the key to energised personal care?

27-Aug-2014 - Energised toothpaste, shampoo and skin care could be the next big thing for personal care consumers in the UK, as a new market report pinpoints consumers’ search for something new as a...

DNA profiling paving the way in personalised beauty

27-Aug-2014 - Bespoke beauty treatments based on the individual's genetic code are no longer a notion of the future. Here, Cosmetics Design looks at what biotech companies are doing to advance the segment....

New research points to sunblock damaging marine life

26-Aug-2014 - New research is adding to the body of evidence that certain sunblock ingredients maybe potentially hazardous to marine life when they wash off in the sea.

Beiersdorf develops active ingredient to soothe sensitive skin

22-Aug-2014 - Beiersdorf has conducted research into skin irritation and its causes and used this information develop its new active ingredient that will be used in its Eucerin skin care range.

Columbia University Medical Centre pill to reverse hair loss

19-Aug-2014 - Scientists at Columbia University have taken a pill that treats bone marrow disorders and used the treatment to reverse hair loss in patients with alopecia.

Could antiperspirant be making matters worse?

19-Aug-2014 - New research by a team of scientists in Belgium may suggest that using antiperspirant on a regular basis could actually contribute to underarm body odour.

Consumer demand for cosmetics in China means ingredients suppliers are turning to imports

18-Aug-2014 - As China’s cosmetics market has continued to witness increased demand due to improving lifestyles and rising disposable income ingredients supplier Fenchem says it is riding that wave by turning to the...

Micronutrients have a role to play in anti-ageing skin care

14-Aug-2014 - Micronutrients are essential for our diet but can also play a role in maintaining healthy skin in topical applications, according to a leading dermatologist.

Drinks, pills… Sometimes sunscreen and shade is the best sun protection says expert

12-Aug-2014 - Sun protection innovation has peaked this year with the introduction of sunscreen pills, drinkable sunscreen, and ultraviolet (UV) monitoring bracelets, so here is a closer look.

Something fishy? No, it’s just sunscreen

08-Aug-2014 - After eating a nice piece of fish, few of us would think of using the leftovers as the basis for an effective sunscreen but that is the basis of some...

Wyss Institute spin off to put organ-on-chips technology in labs worldwide

07-Aug-2014 - Having developed devices that mimic genetic characteristics of human organs to assess the toxicity of chemical compounds, Harvard’s Wyss Institute has now set about making this technology available for scientists worldwide. ...

Scientists synthesize cellulose nanoparticles from waste cotton fibers

05-Aug-2014 - Researchers in Iran have successfully synthesized cellulose nanoparticles by using two environmentally-friendly processes and this could help save costs for the cosmetics industry.

AkzoNobel and Solazyme expand agreement to develop palm oil replacement

01-Aug-2014 - Amsterdam-based AkzoNobel and renewable oils company Solazyme have expanded their partnership agreement as they look to further develop the production of algal oils.

Researchers engineer hair color alterations using ion beam technologies

29-Jul-2014 - Researchers at the University of New Mexico (UNM) have taken a break from their normal subject focus of engineering and found a cosmetic application that can benefit from ion beam...

Study is the first to link natural moisturizer to food allergies

24-Jul-2014 - Research conducted into natural ingredients in products targeting dry skin has demonstrated evidence of a link between the topical application and the subsequent development of food allergies.

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How the bar is being constantly raised on natural ingredients

23-Jul-2014 - New technologies and applications, greater sustainability, and more traceability are some of the key areas helping to raise the profile of natural cosmetic ingredients, according to one industry expert.

Stem cells hold key to hair regrowth

21-Jul-2014 - Stem cells could hold the key to telling hair follicles to grow after US researchers found that Transit-Amplifying Cells emit a signal that tells quiet hair follicle stem cells to...

Furthering melanoma understanding could lead to better sunscreens

16-Jul-2014 - Scientists may look to develop additives that can be included in sunscreens to ramp up the skin's ability to deal with UV damage, after a study into melanoma furthered understanding.

Genetics’ effect on skin aging is limited, finds Olay

10-Jul-2014 - Olay has conducted a study into whether cosmetics products can overcome your genetic make-up, by using pairs of identical twins to trial their ProX range.

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