• Josep Orellana, science journalist

    Cosmeceuticals: more than cosmetics?

    14 Mar Cosmeceuticals: more than cosmetics?



    American Academy of Dermatology

    Nowadays cosmeceuticals are the goose that lays the golden egg in the cosmetics industry. With many therapeutic effects, they are the panacea that keep skin healthy and looking good. And although not all the effects are scientifically proven, cosmeceutical sales are growing steadily.


    Traditional cosmetics are used for beautifying the body and improving the skin’s appearance. Cosmeceuticals are topical dermatological preparations (creams, lotions and serums) containing active ingredients that can influence the biological functions of the skin, basically by contributing nutrients that have an anti-ageing effect. Legally, they cannot be advertised as products that will prevent disorders or that have certain therapeutic actions. Read More

  • Fede Montagud, editor

    “Beauty drinks”: cosmetic refreshments

    24 Feb “Beauty drinks”: cosmetic refreshments



    Marketing Weblog

    We all want healthy skin that looks good, so we try to take care of it with good hygiene and the right products. Nutricosmetics, thanks to their functional ingredients, try to stimulate “beauty from within” as well as improve health. But it is not easy to convince consumers of the benefits.


    Coca-Cola soon plans to launch a line of market-based nutricosmetic drinks based on mineral water, fruit juices and active ingredients that, depending on the product consumed, will enhance your tan, strengthen your hair and nails, help you lose weight or enhance your vitality. Called Beautific Oenobiol, the drinks will be distributed in pharmacies under a marketing agreement with French drugmaker Sanofi. In trying to build consumer interest in nutricosmetic products, this new initiative to sell beauty from within is an attempt to succeed where Nestle and L'Oréal failed. Gaining consumer confidence is not easy, because the medical evidence regarding the effects of such products is not entirely convincing, while legislation increasingly imposes more stringent accuracy requirements on manufacturers.

  • Josep Orellana, science journalist

    Use and Abuse of Coenzyme Q10

    15 Nov Use and Abuse of Coenzyme Q10




    EFSA Report

    This summer, my sun cream (like almost all of them) contained coenzyme Q10, even though it appears that the skin cannot absorb it effectively. Its beneficial effects as a food supplement are more than questionable. So why has the use of coenzyme Q10 become so widespread in recent years?


    Coenzyme Q10 is a similar substance to vitamin E that was discovered in 1957. It occurs naturally in our bodies. The body’s cells need CoQ10 to obtain energy. It is also a potent cellular antioxidant. In fact, the body synthesizes CoQ10 when we eat fish, shellfish, spinach or nuts. It is used as a food supplement both in its natural and more active form, called ubiquinol (CoQ10-trans), and in its synthetic form. Product labels do not always specify clearly which form is being used. Read More

  • Anna Solana, science journalist

    Liposomes: transport via the skin

    Liposomes are used in anti-ageing creams, sunscreens, anti-cellulite products, hair treatments and even perfumes.  They are an excellent vehicle for transporting active ingredients directly to the body and releasing them in the right place in the right amount. There is no better transport for drugs and nutritional supplements that benefit the health of our skin.


    Although liposomes were described for the first time in 1965 by British haematologist Alec Bangham, the first preparation that contained them did not appear until 1988. That was in Switzerland, when the company Janssen-Cilag developed an anti-mycosis gel (to treat skin fungi).  Liposomes are spherical vesicles whose membrane is composed of a particular type of lipids (fats), called phospholipids, arranged in bilayers. Read More