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12 Cosmetic Ingredient Trends To Watch in 2016

Earlier this month, one of the world’s most prestigious cosmetics industry award shows took place in Paris. It showcased some of the most anticipated and innovative cosmetics products on the market. New ingredients formulated by manufacturers were one of the main attractions of the event. Polymers and natural materials like once derived from aquatic plants were particularly impressive. The in-cosmetics awards is just one example of scientific creativity in the cosmetics industryy, with other new developments in ingredients unfolding in the first few months of 2016. With all of the recent developments in cosmetics, it can be challenging to keep up with the trends. This lead us to research and discover 12 cosmetic ingredient trends to watch in 2016. 


Givaudan revealed a groundbreaking development at the in-cosmetics event with the introduction of Neuraphroline, an active ingredient that prevents the formation of cortisol. This is the first product to accomplish the feat. It is derived from wild indigo seeds. It can also boost the production of endorphins. Ayurvedic medicine, the practice of which thousands of years ago in ancient India- sourced some of their remedies from the indigo seed as well.

Marine Organisms 

Agrimer was another company that generated a lot of buzz with their new product called Seaweed Caviar. As the name suggests, it is derived from marine organisms. The pearl-like substance will be used as a dispersal vector in active ingredients, and melt onto the skin without leaving any residue.


AkzoNobel unveiled a new type of polymer intended for use in hair care products. The polymers provide a better stiffness and resistance to humidity, as well as improved durability and style retention. DSM Personal Care introduced another type of polymer that is expected to change hair care routines.

Natural Boreal Forest Ingredients 

Alban Miller displayed a line of products made with natural ingredients from boreal forests. Many of the award winners at in-cosmetics earned their recognition based on their innovative new ingredients that have the potential to revolutionize the cosmetics industry.


Some of the most creative concepts in the development of cosmetics are based around ingredients that might not be commonly associated with personal care. For instance, scientists recently discovered that licorice possess some truly useful properties in skin care products. Like the timeless confectionery treat, the black licorice found in cosmetics comes from the herbaceous root. Licorice can help block hyperpigmentation and balance out colour, and it can remedy some inflammation issues.


Probiotics are another family of items regularly linked to food and beverages; but they have their cosmetic advantages, too. They are suggested as a way to prevent harmful bacterial growth, and can also be used to treat inflammation.



Ceramides are already a naturally-occurring substance in the human body, blocking the skin from dryness and other effects, but they can also be an additive in skin care goods to give it a supplemental boost.


There’s been a lot of chatter about the potential applications of algae. It is expected to play a large role in the future of energy, as an ingredient in plastics, and much more- including cosmetics. Algae can help fight toxins in the skin due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Irish moss and carrageenan have been used in cosmetics for quite some time now, acting as a binding agent.


Dapsone has been used in cosmetics to help fight acne, and it’s much more mild than some other products aimed at the same purpose. It can be applied without feeling any of the uncomfortable burning or itching sensations, which makes it particularly helpful for those with sensitive skin. Doctors have suggested that it could come in especially handy during the winter, when the skin is more prone to dryness.

L-Sodium PCA

L-sodium PCA was once used by ancient Egyptians, and it’s making a comeback in cosmetics today. Adding it to hair care products can provide moisture and a shine effects to hair. Like dapsone, these characteristics could be quite advantageous when cold weather strikes.


Honey has been an ingredient in cosmetics products for a while, but it is likely to see an increase in demand from the cosmetics industry. It possesses unique antimicrobial and healing properties that can be found in cleansers, moisturizers, foundations, and lipsticks. Manuka honey is often cited as one of the best types of honey for cosmetic applications.


Zeaxanthin is the carotenoid {a pigment} that gives paprika peppers, saffron, and carrots their bright red color. Just as vegetables like peppers and carrots are included in a healthy diet, zeaxanthin also has hygienic characteristics in cosmetics. The stuff is loaded with powerful antioxidants that can prevent the effects of aging and hydration from becoming visible in the skin. Hyaluronic acid is one more ingredient of note that is going to appear in cosmetics products, due to its exceptional capabilities to provide the skin with moisture and softness.

Cosmetics and Modern Innovation

The recipes for cosmetics have changed drastically since they were first formulated millenia. Countless different ingredients have come and gone, but modern innovation is adjusting to the fashion trends with products improved in both health and appearance. Scientists have unlocked the secret to synthesizing beneficial chemicals for the cosmetics industry. Many of the most clever ideas were found where one might not ordinarily search, although the natural ones have been around all the way along. Some were even used in the distant past and forgotten until now, as their properties are gaining recognition in cosmetics once again.