Review on renewable sources applied in personal care formulations

In a recent study Fotini Mellou and Co-workers review some examples of active ingredients or raw materials used in cosmetics,personal care and biomedical products that are coming from either through biotechnological systems, or as byproducts of several industries.

Environmentally friendly ingredients

According to Cosmetics Europe—The Personal Care Association, 450 million of Europeans daily use a variety of cosmetic products, such as soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, skin care, perfume, and make-up. A global tendency for products considered environmentally sustainable, and ecologically obtained led the industry related to personal care formulations to fund the research and the development of personal care/cosmetics containing ingredients from natural resources. Furthermore, consumers are aware of environmental and sustainability issueans, thus not harming the environment represents a key consideration when developing a new cosmetic ingredient.

In their study the researchers also prepared a skin formulation containing biosynthetic actives and describe its dermocosmetic properties are also described. The need for the standardization processes, the safety assessment tools, the improvement of the exploitation methods of these renewable sources in order the production to be ecologically and economically better are also discussed.

The review has been published in International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2019, https://doi.org/10.1111/ics.12564

 

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