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Multifunctional Natural Ingredients in Skin Protection and Care

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Natural Products Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 262

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Department of Cosmetology, University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszów, 35-225 Rzeszów, Poland
Interests: cosmetic plants; natural antioxidants; tyrosinase inhibitors; skin lightening compounds; melanogenesis regulators; cell cultures; 3D tissue models
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Chair and Department of Cosmetic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin, 70-111 Szczecin, Poland
Interests: skin penetration study; HPLC; pharmaceutical sciences; plant extraction techniques; antioxidants
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Natural raw materials are an interesting and largely unexplored source of active substances. In recent years, the global market demand for natural cosmetic ingredients has proliferated. Cosmetic preparations containing plant extracts are often characterized by multiple, beneficial effects on the skin. Moreover, there is increasing interest in the isolation of secondary metabolites from plants and their parts, which, as isolated pure compounds, have an extensive range of effects. A vast number of published studies focus on the possibility of utilizing plant secondary metabolites in cosmetology. These compounds can counteract the damage caused by free radicals and reactive oxygen species, which are involved in premature aging, pigmentation disorders and skin inflammation, among others. Moreover, plant extracts and isolated compounds often exhibit multiple biological activities and therefore may be employed as multidirectional skin care and protective ingredients.

Therefore, this Special Issue, entitled “Multifunctional Natural Ingredients in Skin Protection and Care”, aims to present novel data about plant extracts and biomolecules with at least two biological activities that are relevant to their application in cosmetic products.

In this Special Issue, we invite researchers to contribute original research papers regarding the biological effects of plant extracts or biomolecules, including their anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, UV-protecting, skin-lightening and anti-aging properties. Experimental work on the quantitative and qualitative analysis of plant extracts, the analysis of new cosmetic formulations containing plant-based ingredients, the assessment of the penetration of plant substances contained in cosmetics through the skin, and other issues related to the use of natural products in cosmetics is also welcome. We also invite you to submit review articles presenting the current state of knowledge regarding the application of natural products and biomolecules in cosmetology.

Dr. Katarzyna Gaweł-Bęben
Dr. Anna Nowak
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  • plant extracts
  • natural compounds
  • biological activity
  • cosmetics
  • antioxidant
  • anti-aging
  • skin lightening
  • UV protection

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