• Fede Montagud, editor

    Ayurvedic cosmetics

    27 Dec Ayurvedic cosmetics



    Cosmetics & Toiletries

    In India they know how to care for the skin. For thousands of years they have done so using natural and sustainable methods. New consumer trends around the world – including in India – and a growing preference for greener, organic products free of synthetic ingredients, point to a great future for Ayurvedic cosmetics.


    Ayurveda, which in Sanskrit approximately means "science of life", is the traditional philosophy regarding health in India. This ancient form of medicine emphasises balance between body, mind and nature. It is the most widely used traditional medicine system, with almost half a million ayurvedic doctors and 2,500 ayurvedic hospitals. A typical ayurvedic formula may contain more than 20 medicinal herbs and spices, selected from among the 2,700 used in India. In fact, the Indian Ministry of Health officially recognizes 418 plants. Read More

  • Josep Orellana, science journalist

    Seaweed to rejuvenate the skin

    20 Dec Seaweed to rejuvenate the skin



    Cosmetics Design

    Seaweed (alga) is a hit in the anti-ageing skin care market. Many cosmetics are using seaweed as their star ingredient, attributing it with beneficial properties for enhancing our appearance. Creams and lotions of all kinds are prepared from "seaweed extract". How genuine is its anti-ageing properties? Or is this a question of misleading advertising?


    Many companies, especially from France, Canada, the USA and Australia, sell harvested seaweed extract as an ingredient for personal care products. Their advertising usually emphasizes that the extract is a very useful anti-skin-ageing alternative. Algae are organisms that are simpler than land plants. There are thousands of species worldwide, some used since time immemorial for various purposes (in China they have been used since 5,000 years ago). Read More

  • Fede Montagud, editor

    Agave for wrinkles

    16 Dec Agave for wrinkles



    Premium Beauty News

    Mexicans say that blue agave – the plant used to make tequila, the national drink of Mexico – has many health benefits. Now it seems that it also helps reduce skin wrinkles. We’ll soon have cosmetics based on agave tequilana.


    A French company specializing in the production of natural ingredients for the cosmetics industry has launched an active ingredient in the market that could represent an alternative to the hyaluronic acid used in many cosmetic formulas. As we age, the production of hyaluronic acid in our skin decreases. The new ingredient, based on yeast oligosaccharides from blue agave leaves, works by stimulating the natural internal synthesis of hyaluronic acid. The skin is better hydrated and so becomes softer and smoother. Read More

  • Josep Orellana, science journalist

    Apps for the skin: consult your doctor

    10 Dec Apps for the skin: consult your doctor



    JAMA Dermatology

    The growing popularity of smartphones and tablets worldwide has led to the emergence of thousands of medical apps, a good number referring to care, problems and disorders of the skin. Some are professional tools that facilitate the work of doctors, but others are aimed at the general public. Are all of them risk-free? Can we safely use them for our skin?


    Some 40,000 medical apps are available; most likely you have already downloaded some to your mobile device. Undoubtedly, these new technological advances will bring great benefits to the world's population in the future. Creators of apps have not failed to notice the growing interest in skin care, which explains why hundreds of apps are available today offering tips to keep our skin healthy and beautiful and diagnosing all types of skin disorders. There are even apps that will tell you if a mole could be cancerous. Most skin care apps are free. Read More