Bio-Inspired Cosmetics and Nanocosmetics: Innovations and Limitations

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 September 2018)

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Department of Nanomedicine and Advanced Technologies, CIC-Fluorotronics, Inc., San Diego, CA 92037, USA
Interests: nanomedicine; biomedicine; medicine; natural compounds; pharmaceutics; biophysics; sustainability; metallic nanoparticles; photocatalysis; bioremedication; imaging; green chemistry; integrated nanotechnologies; renewable nanomaterials; biomaterials; ecotoxicity
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Biotechnology Department, Federal University of Paraiba, João Pessoa, Brazil
Interests: oxidative stress; hypertension; anti-aging products

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Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Gomal University, DI Khan City, Pakistan
Interests: cosmeceuticals; skin formulations; biophysical evaluation of skin formulations; rheology; transdermal patches; emulgels
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since the last decade, innovation in the cosmetics field has attracted tremendous worldwide interest. Both industries and academic institutions are developing novel skin care formulations (e.g., nutricosmetics) based on technological advancements, the emergence of green chemistry and benefits of natural bioactive molecules or extracts. The high diversity, abundance, renewable and biostructural complexicity of natural compounds often implicate the use of high-throughput screening and rigorous testing before translation approval from the bench top to the human side. The rational design and development of skin care formulations, including skin care nanoformulations, usually involve single or combined selected bioactive molecules or even extracts, as well as characterized (nano)materials and/or green chemicals.

This Special Issue "Bio-Inspired Cosmetics and Nanocosmetics: Innovations and Limitations" aimed at presenting the rational design (including in silico studies), innovative methods and development of original bio-inspired skin care formulations, and their translation from the benchmark to the market side (e.g., compound screening, testing, efficacy, safety, in vivo tolerance, quality control, validations, regulatory affairs, product market, marketing, encountered difficulties, negative results, special cases).

Original research articles, clinical case articles, reviews, and short communications are welcomed and encouraged.

Dr. Farid Menaa
Dr. Barkat Ali Khan
Dr. Valdir A Braga
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  • bioactive compounds
  • botanicals
  • marine animals
  • cosmetics 
  • nanotechnology
  • formulations
  • activities and functions
  • natural products
  • nutricosmetics
  • regulatory affairs
  • pharmacognosy
  • toxicity
  • tolerance
  • anti-aging
  • innovation
  • green chemistry
  • quality control

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Thermosensitive Hydrogel Mask Significantly Improves Skin Moisture and Skin Tone; Bilateral Clinical Trial
by Anna Quattrone, Anna Czajka and Sara Sibilla
Cosmetics 2017, 4(2), 17; - 1 Jun 2017
Cited by 20 | Viewed by 17902
Objective: A temperature-sensitive state-changing hydrogel mask was used in this study. Once it comes into contact with the skin and reaches the body temperature, it uniformly and quickly releases the active compounds, which possess moisturizing, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties. Methods: An open [...] Read more.
Objective: A temperature-sensitive state-changing hydrogel mask was used in this study. Once it comes into contact with the skin and reaches the body temperature, it uniformly and quickly releases the active compounds, which possess moisturizing, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties. Methods: An open label clinical trial was conducted to evaluate the effects of the test product on skin hydration, skin tone and skin ageing. Subjects applied the product to one side of their face and underwent Corneometer® and Chromameter measurements, Visual assessment of facial skin ageing and facial photography. All assessments and Self-Perception Questionnaires (SPQ) were performed at baseline, after the first application of the test product and after four applications. Results: After a single treatment we observed an increase in skin moisturisation, an improvement of skin tone/luminosity and a reduction in signs of ageing, all statistically significant. After four applications a further improvement in all measured parameters was recorded. These results were confirmed by the subjects’ own perceptions, as reported in the SPQ both after one and four applications. Conclusion: The hydrogel mask tested in this study is very effective in improving skin hydration, skin radiance and luminosity, in encouraging an even skin tone and in reducing skin pigmentation. Full article
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