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Use of nutritional ingredients in cosmetic products

SpecialChem / Apr 19, 2006

The secrets and goodness from foods are starting to play an essential role in cosmetic products.

Textures, flavours and nutritional ingredients have not only found a place in skin care products but also in hair care, body care and colour cosmetic. Textures such as mousses, soufflés, fresh cream, sorbets, butter and yogurt are made to enhance the consumer into a new dimension of appreciation, pleasure and desire. Cosmetic companies have moved further with this trend by introducing and/or valorizing nutritional ingredients, in particular those which consumers already associate with good health and well being. Omega-3, a fatty acid well known for its heart-health benefits "is generally associated with anti-ageing and/or anti-oxidant benefits, as well as the treatment of dry and irritated skin". According to GNPD (Trendspotting 30th march 2006), "the skincare category accounted for around 7% of all omega 3 launches in 2006, a large percentage of which due to the introduction of the Nutritionist range from Garnier across Europe".

"Memorist Time Blocker" from Ultima II is also an anti-ageing cream with omega extracts "to nourish the skin to maintain an active and healthy balance. The product contains omega 3, 6 and 9 extracts of fatty acids which the skin cannot synthesize but are required by cell membranes to function". Omega-3 is also starting to be used in colour cosmetic products, for example "Colour Riche" lipstick sold by L'OREAL.

Honey also has certain valuable attributes and is used in all cosmetic categories. For example, in Avon's latest skin care cream available under the trade name "Conditioning Milk & Honey Face Cream", honey is associated with hydrolyzed milk proteins. In lip products, honey is a well known ingredient. In recently launched formulations it has been combined with royal jelly. For example in Shiseido's "Benefique Theoty" lipstick, in Shiseido's "Fitit Majolica Majorca" gloss, and in Helena Rubenstein's latest lipstick, "Wanted Rouge".

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