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 …
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 …
Probiotics in skincare | treats skin complaints | improves complexions

Probiotics in skincare | treats skin complaints | improves complexions

So you want to add another line to your skincare range. Probiotics in skincare can influence our skin microflora and treat skin problems, and may just give another dimension to your beauty brand. Before refrigeration, much of the food our ancestors ate had to be preserved. These fermented or cultured (probiotic-rich) foods provided them with large quantities of friendly bacteria which nourished the gut. As probiotics in foods are largely missing from modern diets, people have been taking supplements or returning to age-old recipes to improve digestive and immune health. Some of these…Read more …
Cosmetic clay | natural wonder

Cosmetic clay | natural wonder

Used in beauty regimes since antiquity, clay is a cosmetic natural wonder. Rich in minerals and with countless beneficial properties for the skin and hair, it’s not surprising that clay is enjoying a revival in the beauty industry. Cosmetic clays come in various colours and textures, each differing in mineral content and the benefits they provide. However, it is safe to say that all clays are rich in minerals and offer varying degrees of absorbency, which is excellent for cleansing the skin and drawing out excess oil, dirt and toxins. Clay is also slightly…Read more …
Neurocosmetic | the holistic approach to skin care

Neurocosmetic | the holistic approach to skin care

Neurocosmetic is a new concept that acts on the mind via the skin. Based on the communication between the nerve system and the skin through neurotransmitters, Neurocosmetic is providing consumers with a holistic approach to caring for their skin. Neurotransmitters are chemical messages released by skin nerve fibres with similar characteristics to nerve cells. Recent research has found that skin cells, such as keratinocytes, melanocytes, and fibroblasts, produce and secrete neurotransmitters. Unlike traditional cosmetic actives, which limit the consequences of daily aggressors on the skin, Neurocosmetic actives either inhibit or activate messages to the…Read more …
Sheet face masks | a growing trend

Sheet face masks | a growing trend

A long-time staple in Asian beauty care, sheet face masks are now trending around the world – and the high demand is not just coming from Millennials. Sheet face masks are great for the time poor and women on the go. Often referred to as the ‘lazy girl’s facial’, they can be used anytime, anywhere and are great when flying. They are easy to apply. Don’t need rinsing. And you can pack them in your handbag for times when your complexion needs a little ‘pick me up’. With the spotlight focused firmly on…Read more …