Innovation in the personal care industry

J Cosmet Dermatol. 2010 Sep;9(3):260-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1473-2165.2010.00515.x.


When considering opportunities to develop novel, eye-catching and consumer-relevant personal care (PC) products, it is important to understand and reflect on how science has changed over the last two decades and how this has generated a new body of data from which to draw ideas and technologies. This article outlines some advances in scientific technologies and new ways of thinking in science, which lead to new insights into skin biology. How these innovations may impact and be leveraged into the development of new products in PC is also discussed. For example, fundamental discoveries in skin biology and the advancement of scientific methodologies are enabling step changes in technology in PC. Two examples of areas where we have seen much advancement are discussed. This article is based on and summarizes a presentation given at the HBA in Sep 2009 as part of a session entitled "Emerging Technologies and New Opportunities in Antiaging in PC."

MeSH terms

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Cosmetics / standards*
  • Cosmetics / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Industry / trends
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • Research / trends
  • Skin Aging / drug effects
  • Skin Aging / physiology*


  • Cosmetics