Special Issue "Lignins as Natural Active Ingredients for Cosmetics"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Oihana Gordobil
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Visiting Scientist at InnoRenew CoE, Izola, Slovenia
Interests: biorefinery processes; lignin valorization; lignin modification; biobased materials; natural additives; lignocellulosic biomass; organic chemistry; spectroscopy
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Dr. Olena Sevastyanova
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Department of Fiber and Polymer Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Interests: carbohydrate chemistry; cellulosic materials; polymer chemistry; bio-based composites
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The growing concern about the environmental impact and human health risk related to the excessive use of synthetic ingredients in cosmetics and topical formulations calls for the exploration of safe and sustainable natural alternatives. Research on the diverse functional and bioactive properties of lignin polymer has recently led to increased interest in this available natural compound for cosmetic applications.

However, the high chemical variability of lignin still makes the understanding of structure–properties relationships challenging. Elucidation of possible interaction mechanisms could open new insights to control and enhance lignin efficiency and performance in such particular applications. Moreover, safety assurance of lignin application in human health care products is crucial in order to overcome the regulatory frame and consumer acceptance. Therefore, research on the biological activity of lignin polymer is required to ensure the safe application of lignin-based products on the human skin as well as for its industrial exploitation.

You are kindly invited to contribute interdisciplinary and original research articles and review articles focused on novel aspects and strategies related to lignin and lignin-derived compounds/materials application in the cosmetic field. Furthermore, articles including the challenges of lignin polymer to cover the current requirements linked to regulatory aspects, perception, and marketing of lignin-based cosmetics as well as developments of reliable, fast, and cost-effective quality control methods for lignin properties will be welcome for inclusion.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Sunscreen performance
  • Lignin color
  • Chemical modification
  • Particle size and morphology
  • Interaction mechanisms
  • Structure–bioactivity relationships
  • Antioxidant activity
  • Cytotoxicity
  • Synergic effects
  • Emulsion stabilizer
  • Multivariate data analysis

Dr. Oihana Gordobil
Dr. Olena Sevastyanova
Guest Editors

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Cosmetics is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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An Exploratory Study of Consumers’ Knowledge and Attitudes about Lignin-Based Sunscreens and Bio-Based Skincare Products
Cosmetics 2021, 8(3), 78; https://doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics8030078 - 27 Aug 2021
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Daily consumption of synthetic sunscreens is harmful to the environment and consumers’ health, so greener alternatives need to be produced. Lignin is a multifunctional and widely available biopolymer that can replace several ingredients, but its dark color and low sun protection limit its [...] Read more.
Daily consumption of synthetic sunscreens is harmful to the environment and consumers’ health, so greener alternatives need to be produced. Lignin is a multifunctional and widely available biopolymer that can replace several ingredients, but its dark color and low sun protection limit its perceived usefulness. With a survey made for this study, we explored the knowledge and attitudes of 230 consumers towards lignin-based sunscreen, their motives and barriers to purchase it, and how it relates to their environmental and health consciousness. Participants were also asked about their sunscreen habits, their familiarity with the environmental and health impacts of skincare, their perceptions of bio-based ingredients in general, and their skincare product purchasing decisions. Those who are more familiar with environmental issues have a positive attitude towards bio-based ingredients, are accustomed to purchasing more environmentally friendly skincare, and are likelier to be interested in a lignin product. Consumers are welcoming towards a natural, healthy, and environmentally friendly sunscreen alternative but are worried about the lower SPF. Because organic is perceived as luxurious, they are concerned about its price, and some are apprehensive about its pigmentation. While a lignin-based sunscreen at this stage of development is unlikely to take on the role of primary sunscreen on warm, sunny days, it may be more useful as a general-purpose, everyday product that can offer some protection, moisture, and coverage. Full article
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Lignin-Based Sunscreens—State-of-the-Art, Prospects and Challenges
Cosmetics 2020, 7(4), 85; https://doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics7040085 - 06 Nov 2020
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This review covers the latest developments and challenges in the field of broad-spectrum sunscreens and how sunscreens based on lignin address their requirements in terms of sunlight protection, antioxidants, and preservatives. Full article
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