Cosmetics trends to watch: 2018-2019

Cosmetics trends to watch: 2018-2019

in-cosmetics Global has finished for the year, leaving us with a whirlwind of new ingredients, cosmetics trends and exciting formulations to digest. We've put together the highlights of the 2018 in-cosmetics programme. Healthy ageing is a fast growing category. Kseniia Galenytska, a senior analyst in beauty and fashion at Euromonitor International, noted that skincare growth is outpacing all other beauty categories. Galenytska identified the fastest growing skincare sectors: Anti-aging Facial moisturisers Facial cleansers Facial masks Sun care Toners Galenytska says that growth in the anti-ageing sector will be driven by preventative products that…Read more …
Metagenomics | microbial world

Metagenomics | microbial world

Metagenomics offers a powerful lens into the microbial world and has the potential to revolutionise our understanding of life as we know it! The future in skincare is the development of bespoke products that treat skin disorders at a microbial level. However, before we can get to this point, we need a better understanding of the skin microbiome and the way the genetic diversity of microbiomes interact with our own unique DNA. Thanks to metagenomics, we may not be too far away.  So, what is metagenomics? Metagenomics is the application of modern genomics technique…Read more …
The best perfume for cosmetic and personal care formulas

The best perfume for cosmetic and personal care formulas

It’s not coincidence that most cosmetics and personal care products are scented to appeal to our sense of smell. For many consumers, a product deemed to have the best perfume is the one they will buy. When developing a new product, it is important to find the best perfume for your formula. This could be the difference between consumers buying the product and it remaining on the shelf. Although packaging makes the first impression on a consumer, when it comes to cosmetics and personal care, fragrance is as important as a product’s efficacy…Read more …
Epigenetics | anti-ageing at a genetic level

Epigenetics | anti-ageing at a genetic level

Cosmetic science is increasingly looking at anti-ageing processes at a cellular and genetic level. Until recently, it was accepted knowledge that humans weren’t able to control the genes we inherit at conception. However, research into feast-and-famine patterns of the 1800s in the very north of Sweden has challenged that theory. Scientists found that the life expectancies of later generations were dramatically affected by their ancestors’ diet. Enter the discovery of epigenetics: ie changes in gene expression not caused by changes in the DNA sequence. The beauty of epigenetics is that it may allow…Read more …
Revolutionising at home hair color

Revolutionising at home hair color

From Millennials to Baby Boomers, modern consumers are expecting more from their at-home hair-color kits than what was available a generation ago. In the past, if someone wanted to associate with a punk subculture, they’d walk around with an edgy ’do, bold hair color and a practised sneer. But today, you don’t have to belong to a fringe group to dye your hair pink, blue or even green. Bold hair colors have become mainstream, and modern consumers want all the colors of the rainbow available to them in their at home hair color…Read more …
Fermented beauty products | happening or hype?

Fermented beauty products | happening or hype?

Fermented (probiotic-rich) foods provide large quantities of friendly bacteria which nourish the gut. Thanks to a Korean trend, fermented skincare is now engulfing the Western world. But is there any truth to the hype around fermented beauty products? Gut bacteria influence immune responses. And to keep the gut healthy, people are turning back the clock and reverting to foods from past eras. They are rediscovering fermented foods. When eaten, the microorganisms in some fermented foods help fight illness and disease, and may significantly improve a person’s health. In recent years, thanks to a…Read more …