Innovation in cosmetic ingredients targeting the skin microbiome is surging, but the ultimate dream is to be able to incorporate beneficial live bacteria into formulations, says a principal scientist at L’Oréal Research & Innovation.
Interest in the skin microbiome – an ecosystem made up of fungi, bacteria and viruses – had soared in recent years, driven by expanding scientific research and knowledge, new product development and consumer interest in skin health. But as the beauty and personal care industry continued its efforts in research, innovation and education in this field, where exactly were the biggest target opportunities? And what sort of goals did beauty majors like L’Oréal have in mind?
‘The skin is here to protect us’
Dr Magali Moreau, principal scientist and head of the microbiome laboratory group at L’Oréal Research & Innovation, presented at this year’s IFSCC Congress in London on just exactly the group believed the skin microbiome could be harnessed.
“Today, we have to consider the microbiome when we consider applying anything on our skin, regardless of our intention, because it is part and parcel of the skin barrier function,” Moreau told attendees during her keynote presentation at the Congress.