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Microalgae as sustainable source of powerful actives
The sea has always been an immense source of precious materials, nutrients and inspiration to humanity as a whole. Throughout the centuries mankind has turned to the sea to obtain products to sustain its life and its evolution.

Powerful, stable antioxidant to combat pollution
Pollution and other external factors like UV rays have a severe damaging effect on the skin and its aspect, which is becoming a major widespread concern. The formation of reactive species is one of the consequences that leads to oxidative stress and DNA damage, as well as protein and lipid alteration. The appearance of the skin worsens as a result, so an effective scavenger of reactive species is necessary to prevent premature ageing and protect from external aggressors. Lipotec proposes a powerful topical antioxidant that quenches ROS and RNS, efficiently protecting cells from pollution and UV damage.

Plant-derived system boosts hydration and lipid barrier
The human skin is a multi-functional organ. It provides protection against numerous environmental factors and, among others, regulates the body temperature and water balance. The outer layer of the skin, the stratum corneum (SC), mainly consists of lipids (ceramides, cholesterol, fatty acids), proteins (filaggrin) and differentiated keratinocytes collectively which form a hydrophobic and antimicrobial barrier.1

Good hair day: wide range of innovative hair ingredients
The industry has never had so many functional materials to ensure that every day is a ‘good hair day’. The reason why we talk about bad hair days is because starting the day with unmanageable hair can completely ruin a person’s mood for the whole day, because when hair looks ‘wrong’, everyone notices.

Moisturisers product trail at in-cosmetics Asia
Moisturising is one of the basic requirements of personal care product consumers, yet it is also an area seen as unfulfilled by a large proportion of people. Dry skin is extremely common, and can be caused by multiple factors, from air pollution and washing, to vitamin deficiencies and air conditioning.

Bangkok all set for education and innovation
This month, the cosmetic industry from Asia and beyond will convene in Bangkok at the BITEC, Halls 101-103 in the Thai capital. For three days, formulators will have the opportunity to meet and discuss directly with ingredients manufacturers in order to better understand the latest innovations in the marketplace. Personal Care magazine will be in attendance at the show, on stand D70. We look forward to seeing you there.

Bangkok all set for education and innovation
This month, the cosmetic industry from Asia and beyond will convene in Bangkok at the BITEC, Halls 101-103 in the Thai capital. For three days, formulators will have the opportunity to meet and discuss directly with ingredients manufacturers in order to better understand the latest innovations in the marketplace. Personal Care magazine will be in attendance at the show, on stand D70. We look forward to seeing you there.

South Korea conference addresses skin care
A line-up of acclaimed speakers was behind the success of the first South Korea International Conference, from the organisers of in-cosmetics Asia.

Making Cosmetics – from concept to consumer
Making Cosmetics is a free-to-attend exhibition and series of 70+ technical seminars and workshops that brings an essential focus to the many different types of people working in the personal care market.

In vivo and in vitro evaluation methods: a comparison
The sun delivers energy as electromagnetic radiation, characterised by specific wavelengths. The spectrum of the electromagnetic radiation emitted by the sun and able to reach the Earth’s surface ranges between 290 and 300 nm.

Coventry show to be the largest yet
The Society of Cosmetic Scientists has packed SCS Formulate with more content than ever before. From 11-12 November 2014 at the Ricoh Arena, visitors will be able to take advantage of 26+ hours of content.

Twenty-five years celebrated in Barcelona
In 2015 in-cosmetics celebrates its 25th anniversary in Barcelona on 14-16 April, marking a major milestone in the show’s history. More than 680 exhibitors including Ashland, BASF, Bayer, and Merck are set to use the show as a launch pad for their innovations, as thousands of professionals come together to discuss the most important trends and challenges in the personal care industry.

Specialty silicones for skin lightening products
Consumers want smooth, even-toned skin that expresses youth and beauty, despite their age. However, as skin ages, it can become blotchy or develop uneven, dark spots, upsetting its natural uniformity and radiance. As a result, truly effective skin lightening (also referred to as whitening) formulations continue to be in high demand. As noted by Mintel:

A multilayer skin activator with cross-talk function
Communication between cells within a certain skin layer, but also across various skin layers and between different skin cell types, is imperative for the proper function of skin. The unique short-chain ceramide caprooyl phytosphingosine (trade name Sphingokine NP) was found to stimulate the cross-talk between different cells throughout the skin, resulting in visibly plumped and reshaped skin.

Restrictions on three preservatives in 2015
A press release1 was issued by the European Commission in Brussels on 26 September 2014 restricting the use of three preservatives in cosmetic products. The commission stated the restrictions: “further strengthened the protection of consumers, in particular babies and young children.”

Anti-plaque effect of zinc citrate measured
The global oral care market was estimated by Mintel at US$30.5 billion in 2013 and is estimated to grow around 5% annually over the next five years.1

Can innovation reverse the decline in sales?
Despite promotions on personal care products being at an all-time high, growth in sales across Europe is declining, and price increases have become difficult to justify. With promotions no longer exciting consumers and driving increased volume sales the way they used to, a need for innovation has come to the fore.

Non-hydrogenated vegetal butters boost skin-feel
A large number of ingredients are used in cosmetic applications. Lipids are commonly known as water non-soluble compounds. Depending on their structure, they can be classified as: fluid lipids (oils), pasty lipids (butters) or solid (waxes). Lipids are constituted by triglycerides (esters) and a fraction called ‘insaponifiable content’.

Ingredients focus: hair care
At this year’s in-cosmetics show in Hamburg, there was a wide array of new ingredients designed to make stand-out products in the hair market. From styling polymers to conditioning agents, there was plenty to support formulators in their quest to develop new products in what is an increasingly competitive and demanding environment.

Broad band, photostable prevention of UV damage
Exposure to sunlight is of the utmost importance in vitamin D3 formation and has the additional cosmetically desirable effect of imparting a bronzed tanned glow to our skin in the summer months.
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