Top stories about cosmetic science and formulation in the APAC beauty space


1 – Chinese skin microbiome: females with sensitive skin have less diversity and species richness

Women with sensitive skin have less diversity and richness of the microbiome than those with normal skin, according to a study conducted in China.

Funded by the Guangzhou Science and Technology Program, the research also found that people with sensitive skin had lower hydration levels, higher levels of the genus Neisseria, and lower levels of the Neisseriaceae family, which is probably due to the weaker microbial barrier.

Sensitive skin causes itching, dryness, redness and swelling, after exposure to dry and cold climates, or to cosmetics due to damaged skin barrier function. Overall, self-reported sensitive skin is observed in approximately 70% of the adult population.

Similar to the gut microbiome, each individual’s skin carries a unique microbial population. Researchers in China therefore sought to analyze the skin microbiome of 60 female subjects in Guangzhou with normal or sensitive skin.

2 – “The hero is the bug”: New Zealand biotechnology company Blis Technology launches a new brand with a “skin-specific” probiotic strain

The New Zealand probiotic company got its start in the cosmetics business with its new skin care brand, Unconditional Skincare Co., which uses a probiotic strain naturally present in the skin.

Founded two decades ago, Blis Technologies Limited is a biotechnology company that manufactures advanced probiotics for the mouth and throat.

He recently entered the skin care arena with the development of BLIS Q24, a patented strain of micrococcus luteus that is listed in the brand as a key active ingredient.

BLIS Q24 acts as ‘crowd control’to reduce the number of bad bacteria in your microbiome. During its life cycle, it produces postbiotics, which fight bad bacteria while helping to modulate the skin’s immune system.

3 – Ultimate Upgrade: Shiseido’s Latest Ultimune Serum Builds on Groundbreaking Blood Circulation Research

The fourth iteration of Shiseido’s best-selling Ultimune serum features the company’s research into the correlation between blood circulation and skin health.

The latest serum features Shiseido’s The Lifeblood technology as well as new ingredients Houttuynia cordata and fermented hibiscus extract.

Shiseido’s latest dermatological discovery, dubbed Lifeblood Research, looked at the importance of blood circulation and its relationship to skin health and appearance.

“The latest groundbreaking Lifeblood Research is about fundamentally improving skin by constantly improving blood flow. This is different from conventional skin care technology, which only temporarily and only deals at the surface level of individual skin problems ”, said Ryota Yukisada, head of the Shiseido brand.

4 – The power of sandalwood: Quintis doubles the marketing of cosmetics thanks to its antioxidant efficiency

Australian sandalwood supplier Quintis is considering new opportunities in cosmetics after a peer-reviewed study found it to be a more powerful antioxidant than vitamin E.

Quintis Sandalwood is an Indian and Australian supplier of sandalwood raw materials including oil, powder, logs and chips.

It supplies sandalwood materials to multiple industries for use in perfumes, cosmetics, as well as incense and religious sculpture.

The company owns and manages an Indian sandalwood plantation that spans over 12,000 hectares in northern Australia and is home to more than 5.5 million trees.

5 – A herbal cream formulated with ginger, turmeric and Chinese cinnamon can slow down the formation of wrinkles

A herbal cream made from ginger, turmeric, Chinese cinnamon and Atractylodes chinensis extract has been shown to improve wrinkle formation in women with soft and delicate skin, suggesting that she can help prevent or slow down skin aging.

The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted in South Korea, which recruited 21 women aged 35 to 54, with wrinkles and classified as having So-eum (SE) skin.

Based on the Korean Sasang System of Constitutional Medicine, SE type individuals have soft and delicate skin. Other types include Tae-eum (TE) which has thin, white skin, Tae-yang (TY) for its thick, rough skin with large pores, and So-yang (SY) which has skin fine, smooth and resistant.

In this study, a herbal cream (1%) was specially formulated, containing the extracts of Zingiber officinale Roscoe (ginger), Atractylodes chinensis (Bunge) Kodiz, Curcuma longa L. (turmeric) and Cinnamomum cassia (L. ) J. Presl (Cinnamon from China).


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