Biosurfactants in Cosmetic Formulations

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019) | Viewed by 834

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1. Chemical Engineering Department, School of Industrial Engineering (EEI), University of Vigo, 36310 Vigo, Spain
2. Chemical Engineering Department, Escuela de Ingeniería de Barcelona Este (EEBE), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)-BarcelonaTECH, 08930 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: bioactive ingredients; surface-active compounds; natural products; cosmetic formulations; green technology; waste valorization; fermentation; Lactobacillus species; probiotic and prebiotic properties
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Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, an increasing trend in the use of natural ingredients in the cosmetic and personal care industry in order to obtain more green and biocompatible cosmetic formulations has been observed. In this sense, biosurfactants, also known as microbial surfactants, are surface-active compounds used in cosmetics (such as in soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, skin care, perfume, make-up, among other products) due to their detergency, emulsification, dispersion, solubilization of hydrophobic substrates, wetting, foaming, and ability to modify surfaces, among other possible activities or roles. Furthermore, the demonstrated bioactivity of biosurfactants, as antimicrobial, anti-adhesive, or antifungal agents provides them with additional very interesting properties as cosmetic ingredients. Moreover, some biosurfactants with antimicrobial capacity could have a prebiotic role favoring skin microbiota balance. On the other hand, biosurfactants are interesting compounds because they can be produced from renewable and sustainable resources through a biotechnology process using bacteria, yeast, or fungi, making their production more feasible at an industrial scale.

This Special Issue focuses on: (i) the applicability of biosurfactants in cosmetics and personal care formulations, (ii) the benefits of biosurfactant usage for cosmetic applications in comparison with the chemically synthesized ones (surfactants), (iii) the impact on health of these active-surface compounds by means of toxicity or cytotoxicity tests, and (iv) the cosmetic regulatory perspectives for these natural detergents. For that purpose, original research articles, reviews, industrial cases, and short communications are welcomed and encouraged.

Dr. Xanel Vecino
Guest Editor

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  • Biosurfactants
  • Agroindustrial waste revalorization
  • Fermentation
  • Bioactivity
  • Toxicity
  • Cosmetic formulations
  • Emulsions
  • Natural products
  • Personal care products
  • Cosmetic safety regulations

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