Editorial Board Members' Collection Series: "Sustainability in Materials and Processes in Cosmetic Science"

A project collection of Cosmetics (ISSN 2079-9284).

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Editors

Project Overview

Dear Colleagues,

During their active life, skin and cosmetics share an intimate reciprocal relationship, beginning at the moment the cosmetic is brought into contact with the external surface barrier of the human body, such as skin and its appendages and the mucous membranes.Thus an in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of both these structures (skin and mucous membranes), as well as the chemistry of the cosmetic ingredients, are fundamental to developing effective and safene formulations. As cosmetic produces often comprise substances that are alien to the skin. For all these reasons, the use of natural ingredients and biopolymers, obtained from organic and forestry waste by innovative bionanotechnologies, is necessary to preserve the natural raw materials and biodiversity for future generations. Thus, advanced cosmetic science aims to discover new biodegradable bioactive ingredients and biopolymers that are skin- and environment-friendly, characterized by minimal reactions and interactions, which oculd potentially regenerate tissue functions by the induction of specific cellular responses and reabsorbable scaffolds. Moreover, these natural molecules and polymers should have the possibility of being

used as active ingredients for innovative cosmeceuticals and nutraceuticals, and in biodegradable packaging. The aim of this Special Issue is to provide new ideas for innovative carriers and cosmetic products by the smart use and delicate orchestration of natural biological ingredients obtained from food and agro-forestry waste.

Prof. Dr. Pierfrancesco Morganti
Prof. Dr. Alina Sionkowska
Guest Editors

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Cosmetics is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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Published Papers (2 papers)

2023

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Article
New Composite Materials Based on Chitosan Films Reinforced with Chitin Nanofibrils for Cosmetic Application
Cosmetics 2023, 10(2), 51; https://doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics10020051 - 17 Mar 2023
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Bioactive biodegradable chitosan films containing chitin nanofibrils have been developed for use as face masks in cosmetology. It was found that thermal modification of chitosan films promotes the transformation of the polymer into insoluble form without the use of alkali or aldehydes. The [...] Read more.
Bioactive biodegradable chitosan films containing chitin nanofibrils have been developed for use as face masks in cosmetology. It was found that thermal modification of chitosan films promotes the transformation of the polymer into insoluble form without the use of alkali or aldehydes. The structure and properties of the films were studied by IT spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and X-ray structural analysis. Analysis of infrared (IR) spectra showed that the addition of nanofibrils accelerates the process of thermal transformation in the composite films. This is apparent from the observed increase in the intensity ratio of 1030 cm−1\1580 cm−1 peaks in the spectrum of the thermally treated film (as compared to the spectrum of the initial sample and the spectrum of a chitosan film without chitin nanofibrils). The prepared composite films containing chitin nanofibrils possess improved mechanical characteristics: tensile strength 99 MPa and tensile strain 14%. The tetrazolium bromide (MTT) test revealed good viability of human dermal fibroblasts cultivated in the presence of the conditioned medium obtained after incubation of all types of films in the nutrient medium. The used process of thermal modification of chitosan and composite films (which is efficient and environmentally safe) allows one to prepare bioactive materials for applications in medicine and cosmetology. Full article
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Review
Natural Polymers and Cosmeceuticals for a Healthy and Circular Life: The Examples of Chitin, Chitosan, and Lignin
Cosmetics 2023, 10(2), 42; https://doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics10020042 - 28 Feb 2023
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The present review considers the design and introduction of new cosmeceuticals in the market, based on natural polymers and active molecules extracted from biomass, in a biomimetic strategy, starting with a consideration of the biochemical mechanisms, followed by natural precision biopolymer production. After [...] Read more.
The present review considers the design and introduction of new cosmeceuticals in the market, based on natural polymers and active molecules extracted from biomass, in a biomimetic strategy, starting with a consideration of the biochemical mechanisms, followed by natural precision biopolymer production. After introducing the contest of nanobiotechnology in relationship with its applicability for skin contact products and classifying the currently available sustainable polymers, some widely selected abundant biopolymers (chitin, chitosan, and lignin), showing specific functionalities (anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, etc.), are described, especially considering the possibility to combine them in nanostructured tissues, powders, and coatings for producing new cosmeceuticals, but with potentialities in other sectors, such as biomedical, personal care, and packaging sectors. After observing the general increase in market wellness and beauty forecasts over the next few years, parallelisms between nano and macro scales have suggested that nanobiotechnology application expresses the necessity to follow a better way of producing, selecting, and consuming goods that will help to transform the actual linear economy in a circular economy, based on redesigning, reducing, recycling, and reusing. Full article
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