Special Issue "Cosmeceuticals from Natural Sources"

A special issue of Scientia Pharmaceutica (ISSN 2218-0532).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2019)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Chih-Chien Lin

Department of Cosmetic Science, Providence University, 200, Sec. 7, Taiwan Boulevard, Shalu Dist., Taichung City, 43301, Taiwan
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Interests: biotechnology; cosmeceuticals; cell biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cosmetics are a necessity of modern people’s daily lives and are used for skin cleaning, moisturizing, covering, beautifying, protection, and even repair. Therefore, they are very important for most people. Cosmeceuticals is a term from the hybrid of “cosmetic” and “pharmaceutical”, which perform the purposes of cosmetic use for health-related functions. Cosmetics can be naturally derived or chemically synthesized. However, ideally, cosmeceuticals obtained from nature sources should be better for safe/healthy and economic/commercial requirements.

This Special Issue, "Cosmeceuticals from Natural Sources", will publish papers covering the current developments in natural cosmeceuticals/ingredients for cosmetics. It not only helps the readers to gain the knowledge form all the contributions, but also provides overviewing of the field to improve cosmetic industry growth in the future.

Prof. Dr. Chih-Chien Lin
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • cosmetics
  • cosmeceuticals
  • dermatology
  • plants
  • herbs
  • marine resources
  • natural products
  • bioactive compounds
  • extraction

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Open AccessArticle Application of Butterfly Pea Flower Extract in Mask Development
Sci. Pharm. 2018, 86(4), 53; https://doi.org/10.3390/scipharm86040053
Received: 13 November 2018 / Revised: 4 December 2018 / Accepted: 5 December 2018 / Published: 5 December 2018
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(1) Background: Clitoria ternatea (butterfly pea), a plant species belonging to the Leguminosae (Fabaceae) family, is useful for medical treatments and has been used in folk medicines and to cure different diseases. The antioxidation ability of the total phenolic compounds of butterfly pea [...] Read more.
(1) Background: Clitoria ternatea (butterfly pea), a plant species belonging to the Leguminosae (Fabaceae) family, is useful for medical treatments and has been used in folk medicines and to cure different diseases. The antioxidation ability of the total phenolic compounds of butterfly pea is useful for preserving flavor, and colour and for preventing vitamin destruction in processed foods. In this study, a butterfly pea flower fermentation solution was added to cosmetics as a whiting ingredient. (2) Methods: After the phenolics, flavonoids and ascorbic acid content of the butterfly pea flower extraction had been determined, lactic acid bacteria fermented the extraction. The whitening and moisturizing effect was assayed by SSC3 and NF333 analyzers. (3) Results: This study demonstrated that the butterfly pea flower fermentation solution has free radical scavenging ability, a reducing power in high concentrations, a moisturizing effect, and a whiting effect. (4) Conclusions: The results showed that the butterfly pea flower fermentation solution not only inhibits redness, itching, allergies, and irritation to the skin, but also has antioxidation properties and promotes moisture retention and whitening effects, and the results increase as the concentration increases. Therefore, butterfly bean flowers may be suitable as a raw material for natural beauty care products. Full article
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Open AccessArticle In Vitro Antimicrobial Activity of Essential Oils from Sardinian Flora against Cutibacterium (Formerly Propionibacterium) acnes and Its Enhancement by Chitosan
Sci. Pharm. 2018, 86(3), 40; https://doi.org/10.3390/scipharm86030040
Received: 15 August 2018 / Revised: 9 September 2018 / Accepted: 11 September 2018 / Published: 13 September 2018
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The in vitro antibacterial activity of some essential oils from Sardinian flora, both alone and in combination with chitosan, was investigated against a strain of Cutibacterium acnes, a bacterium involved in pathogenesis of acne. The composition of the essential oils was determined [...] Read more.
The in vitro antibacterial activity of some essential oils from Sardinian flora, both alone and in combination with chitosan, was investigated against a strain of Cutibacterium acnes, a bacterium involved in pathogenesis of acne. The composition of the essential oils was determined by gas chromatography and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. The results of this investigation demonstrated that some of the oils examined, characterised by different chemical profiles, possessed some activity against C. acnes. Interestingly, this antibacterial effect was enhanced by sub-inhibitory concentrations of chitosan. These observations suggest the potential application of this synergy in the development of innovative topical formulations useful in the management of acne. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Skin Penetration and Stability Enhancement of Celastrus paniculatus Seed Oil by 2-Hydroxypropyl-β-Cyclodextrin Inclusion Complex for Cosmeceutical Applications
Sci. Pharm. 2018, 86(3), 33; https://doi.org/10.3390/scipharm86030033
Received: 31 July 2018 / Revised: 23 August 2018 / Accepted: 30 August 2018 / Published: 1 September 2018
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This study aimed to encapsulate Celastrus paniculatus seed oil (CPSO) in 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPβCD) cavities and investigate their biological activity, physicochemical stability, and skin penetration by vertical Franz diffusion cells of the CPSO-HPβCD inclusion complex formulations. For biological activity studies—including 2,2-diphenyl-1-picryhydrazyl radical (DPPH) scavenging, [...] Read more.
This study aimed to encapsulate Celastrus paniculatus seed oil (CPSO) in 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPβCD) cavities and investigate their biological activity, physicochemical stability, and skin penetration by vertical Franz diffusion cells of the CPSO-HPβCD inclusion complex formulations. For biological activity studies—including 2,2-diphenyl-1-picryhydrazyl radical (DPPH) scavenging, metal ion chelating, and inhibition of lipid and tyrosinase inhibition activities—the CPSO-HPβCD inclusion complex exhibited lower inhibition activity than free CPSO. CPSO-HPβCD dispersion, serum, and gel formulations were prepared. All formulations containing the CPSO-HPβCD inclusion complex showed no significant changes in physical characteristics after three months’ storage. The percentages of oleic acid remaining in all formulations were over 80% of the initial amount during a three-month stability study. For the skin-penetration study, compared to other formulations, the CPSO-HPβCD serum formulation exhibited the highest cumulative amount of oleic acid in the whole skin and flux through receptor fluid, after six hours, of 32.75 ± 1.25 µg/cm2 and 1.02 ± 0.15 µg/cm2/h, respectively. The CPSO-HPβCD serum formulation also showed the proper viscosity. Hence, the CPSO-HPβCD inclusion complex will be beneficial for the further development of cosmeceutical products. Full article
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