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The beauty industry seeks inspiration from food

SpecialChem / Imogen Matthews – Mar 3, 2008

For centuries food ingredients have been used in cosmetic formulations, but never more so than now. In the search for new efficacious ingredients, companies are discovering that many foodstuffs, such as coffee, tea, tomatoes, ginger and yogurt have beneficial cosmetic properties. Not only are cosmetic companies incorporating more food ingredients into their formulations, but a new industry for beauty food supplements, drinks and foods is emerging. Consumers are being led to believe that beauty is not just surface deep, but that what happens on the inside is just as important. Researchers Kline & Company value global sales of nutricosmetics at $1.5bn, compared to $168bn for the cosmetics and toiletries industry. Carrie Mellage, director, consumer products, Kline & Company, explains why nutricosmetics is catching on. "With the West's expanding acceptance of holistic treatments, the growth of this trend signifies another phase in the quest for youthful looks despite the inevitability of ageing."

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