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Special Issue "Nanotechnologies in Cosmetics"
A special issue of Cosmetics (ISSN 2079-9284).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2015).
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Nanoscale materials exhibit unique optical, physiochemical and biological properties that are being increasingly exploited in the development of advanced skin care cosmetics. The miniaturization of carriers and active ingredients “by one atom or by one molecule” offer unique opportunities for scientific and technological progress in the medical and cosmetic sciences. For example, metal oxide nanoparticles have long been exploited for their ultra-violet radiation protective properties but in recent years many more types of metal, semiconductor, natural and synthetic polymer based nanoparticle systems, have been engineered into an ever increasing number of personal care product care products including deodorants, soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners, anti-wrinkle creams, moisturizers, foundations, lipsticks, and eye shadows. The cosmetic industry looks to nanoparticles and nanobiotechnology for improving skin hydration, ameliorating the delivery of active ingredients, and increasing comfort and aesthetic value of their products. Nanotechnology can be applied at all stages of cosmetic development; from formulation to applications providing intra cellular delivery possibilities and a controlled release guided by need. The increasing availability of nano-enabled cosmetic products to consumers in retails stores and on the internet has however, contributed to a growing concern for nanoparticle environmental health and safety (EH&S). Current challenges in this field involve understanding the issues related to toxicity and the environmental impact of nanoparticles and nano-materials to be used. This necessitates engineering systems for efficacious delivery of nanoparticle-based cosmetics and understanding their mechanisms of action, transformation, and potential toxic side-effects which are active and growing research areas. The requirements of biocompatibility and biostability in biological systems and in the environment present stringent and rigorous challenges that drive state-of-the-art research in the application of nanotechnology to the cosmetic and medical fields. It is unclear at this time whether the benefits of nanoparticles outweigh the potential risks associated with environmental release and exposure. This special issue is dedicated to highlighting the benefits of nano-enabled cosmetic products and provides a balanced view of potential health concerns.
Dr. Lisa A. DeLouise
Prof. Dr. Pierfrancesco Morganti
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- solid lipid nanoparticles
- hair follicles
- skin barrier
- transdermal delivery systems