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 …
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 …
Sustainable companies | the greening of the cosmetics industry  

Sustainable companies | the greening of the cosmetics industry  

The cosmetics industry is under pressure from governments, NGOs, and more importantly consumers, to adopt more sustainable business practices and become responsible corporate citizens with sustainable companies. As more and more consumers are becoming environmentally aware, they are demanding ethical alternatives to products from mainstream corporations often with dubious environmental records. They are voting with their feet and are seeking out sustainable companies that are eco-focused and are reducing their carbon footprint. Rising ethical consumerism is engulfing the cosmetics and personal care industry, as its largest group of consumers, the Millennials, are becoming…Read more …
Travel-ready skin care

Travel-ready skin care

Double your sales by marketing trial-size products as travel size skin care in a travel-ready pack! When space in the suitcase takes top priority, then skin care miniatures are a saving grace. What’s more, you’re not reinventing the wheel, simply using existing resources to accomplish another goal. Win win for you. Win win for the consumer! And with more and more people taking to the air for business trips and holidays, it makes good sense. Trial-size If you are not already packaging your products in miniatures, then it may be an angle you…Read more …