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Bioactive Compounds from Hermetia Illucens Larvae as Natural Ingredients for Cosmetic Application

CBIOS-Research Center for Biosciences & Health Technologies, Universidade Lusófona, 1749-024 Lisboa, Portugal
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Biomolecules 2020, 10(7), 976; https://doi.org/10.3390/biom10070976
Received: 29 May 2020 / Revised: 22 June 2020 / Accepted: 24 June 2020 / Published: 29 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from Bio.Natural Meeting 2019)
Due to the sustainable organic matter bioconversion process used as substrate for its development, the Hermetia illucens (Linnaeus) larvae biomass is considered a source of compounds with high aggregate value and quite a promising market. The materials that can be extracted from H. illucens larvae have opened the door to a diverse new field of ingredients, mainly for the feed and food industry, but also with potential applicability in cosmetics. In this review we succinctly describe the larval development and rearing cycle, the main compounds identified from different types of extractions, their bioactivities and focus on possible applications in cosmetic products. A search was made in the databases PubMed, ScienceDirect and Web of Science with the terms ‘Hermetia illucens’, ‘bioactives’, ‘biochemical composition’ and ‘cosmetics ingredients’, which included 71 articles published since 1994.
Keywords: Hermetia illucens larvae; biomass composition; bioactives; cosmetic applications. Hermetia illucens larvae; biomass composition; bioactives; cosmetic applications.
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Almeida, C.; Rijo, P.; Rosado, C. Bioactive Compounds from Hermetia Illucens Larvae as Natural Ingredients for Cosmetic Application. Biomolecules 2020, 10, 976.

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