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Spotlight on biomimetic materials

Spotlight on Biomimetic Materials

By Belinda Carli, director for the Institute of Personal Care Science

Biomimetics now plays a key part in cosmetic formulation, but what is true biomimetic activity and what to look for when determining biomimetic efficacy? And since it is about mimicking a natural process, are these materials better than synthetics?

Sacha Inchi image courtesy of Tri-K

TRI-K portfolio of natural peptides is growing

By Deanna Utroske

The specialty ingredients manufacturer launched the first ingredient in its NaturePep collection in late 2016 and a second just this spring. At the NYSCC Suppliers Day event in New York City this month, Cosmetics Design sat down with Elzbieta Kasprzyk,...

Cosmetics with self-healing polymers possible, Penn State research

Cosmetic formulations may soon include self-healing polymers

By Deanna Utroske

Researchers at Penn State University have discovered that synthetic imitations of the sort polypeptides found in squid ring teeth have uniquely desirable qualities and have filed a patent for the new technology.  

Oriental herb extract shown to be good candidate to treat hair loss

Oriental herb extract shown to be good candidate to treat hair loss

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Scientists have found that myristoleic acid, an active compound in Malva verticillata seeds, can activate Wnt reporter activity and increase cell proliferation in cultured human dermal papilla cells (DPC), making it a good candidate to treat hair loss.

The latest trend in hair care? Hairceuticals!

in-cosmetics Asia coverage

The latest trend in hair care? Hairceuticals!

By Michelle Yeomans

According to Datamonitor, global spending on hair care last year was $50 billion. As the segment continues to boom, new trends are rising up, particularly in the area of health & wellness. 

Scientists create biological version of synthetic coating

Scientists create biological version of synthetic coating

By Michelle Yeomans

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 clumping together.

Enzyme ‘Google’ to discover new possible reaction pathways

Enzyme ‘Google’ to discover new possible reaction pathways

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

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 of the thousands of protein structures used in the chemical, cosmetic...

Stem cells hold key to hair regrowth

Stem cells hold key to hair regrowth

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

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 become active.

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