Special Issue "Anti-aging and Anti-inflammatory Properties of Natural Compounds"

A special issue of Cosmetics (ISSN 2079-9284).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2018).

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Dr. Vasil Georgiev
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Laboratory of Cell Biosystems, Department of Biotechnology, The Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Plovdiv 4000, Bulgaria
Interests: biotechnology; plant cell, tissue and organ cultures; metabolite profiling; nutraceuticals; natural products; essential oils; nutricosmetics
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Dear Colleagues,

Skin is the largest organ of the human body. However, aging and inflammation processes cause biochemical disturbances in skin tissue, which could lead to modifications in physical condition and the appearance of undesirable visible signs on the skin surface. In contrast to inflammation, which is the local biological reaction of harmed tissue, aging is a permanent complex process, progressing over time. Inflammation is usually caused by external factors, such as irritants, injuries, wounds, or pathogen infections, and, depending on the time of inflammatory response in the affected tissue, it can be classified as acute (initial) or chronic (prolonged) inflammation. On the other hand, the aging process could be considered as chronological aging, which is due to the passage of time, and premature aging, which is caused by environmental factors, such as exposure to ultraviolet radiation, increase in reactive oxygen species in cells during oxidative stress, pollutants, unhealthy lifestyles, etc. To prevent inflammation of skin, and to reduce the visible effects of aging, various cosmetic formulations, loaded with synthetic or natural antioxidants, anti-aging, and/or anti-inflammatory compounds, can be used. Depending on the claims of expected therapeutic effects, these products could be classified as cosmeceuticals or nutricosmetics. However, over the past decade, there has been an increasing demand for cosmetics containing active ingredients of natural origin, rather than synthetic additives.  Herbal and medicinal plant extracts have been time-proved as effective active ingredients in cosmeceuticals, especially in topical formulations and skin-care products. In the meantime, many new natural compounds, derived from microorganisms, fungi, snails, algae, and even plant stem cells, have been advertised and introduced as powerful anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, or anti-wrinkle natural active cosmetic ingredients. However, the scientific evidence for the therapeutic effects and mechanisms of action for many of these ingredients remain scant in the scientific literature.

This Special Issue is dedicated to natural compounds with anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions, and their potential for application in skin-care formulations and cosmetics. Original research and review papers, dealing with the elucidation of mechanisms of action, therapeutic effectiveness, safety and regulatory aspects in the application of such biologically-active natural compounds are welcomed and encouraged.

Prof. Dr. Vasil Georgiev
Guest Editor

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  • Nutricosmetics
  • Cosmeceuticals
  • Natural Products
  • Herbal Extracts
  • Plant Stem Cells
  • Exopolysaccharides
  • Antioxidants
  • Flavonoids
  • New Delivery Systems
  • Cosmetic Additives
  • Skin Care Formulations
  • Photoaging

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Seaweeds as Source of Bioactive Substances and Skin Care Therapy—Cosmeceuticals, Algotheraphy, and Thalassotherapy
Cosmetics 2018, 5(4), 68; https://doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics5040068 - 22 Nov 2018
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Riverine, estuarine, and coastal populations have always used algae in the development of home remedies that were then used to treat diverse health problems. The empirical knowledge of various generations originated these applications, and their mechanism of action is, in most cases, unknown, [...] Read more.
Riverine, estuarine, and coastal populations have always used algae in the development of home remedies that were then used to treat diverse health problems. The empirical knowledge of various generations originated these applications, and their mechanism of action is, in most cases, unknown, that is, few more scientific studies would have been described beyond simple collection and ethnographic recording. Nevertheless, recent investigations, carried out with the purpose of analyzing the components and causes that alter the functioning and the balance of our organism, are already giving their first results. Water, and especially sea water is considered as essential to life on our planet. It sings all the substances necessary and conducive to the development of the living being (minerals, catalysts, vitamins, amino acids, etc.). Oceans cover over 70% of Earth, being home to up to 90% of the organisms in the planet. Many rich resources and unique environments are provided by the ocean. Additionally, bioactive compounds that multiple marine organisms have a great potential to produce can be used as nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, and cosmeceuticals. Both primary and secondary metabolites are produced by algae. The first ones are directly implicated in development, normal growth, or reproduction conditions to perform physiological functions. Stress conditions, like temperature changes, salinity, environmental pollutants, or UV radiation exposure cause the performance of secondary metabolites. In algae, proteins, polysaccharides, fatty acids, and amino acids are primary metabolites and phenolic compounds, pigments, vitamins, sterols, and other bioactive agents, all produced in algae tissues, are secondary metabolites. These algal active constituents have direct relevance in cosmetics. Full article
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