Three articles on upcycled cosmetic ingredients

Lushin’ your line: Six possible applications for ingredients from wine waste – Study

Winemaking byproducts could be a source of bioactive ingredients in cosmetics, according to this research team. © Getty Images – Morsa Images

Many consumers already drink wine for its potential health benefits, but the waste from its production can be a good source of bioactive cosmetic ingredients.

A research team from Lebanon and Italy, Hoss et al, published a review article in Cosmetics exploring the viability of extracting active ingredients for cosmetics from wine waste.

Winemaking waste is made up of approximately 25% seeds, 25% stalks and 50% skins, called grape marc. Hoss et al postulate that grape pomace could be a good source of phenolic compounds, known for their antioxidant, anti-aging, anti-hyperpigmentation, and photoprotective effects.

“Among the various by-products, generally considered waste, those obtained by the wine industries have attracted the attention of a wide variety of companies, other than winemakers.”Hoss et al said. “In particular, grape pomace is considered interesting because of its high content of bioactive molecules, especially phenolic compounds.”

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Beer by-product possible source of cosmetic antioxidant ingredients: study

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Beer brewing by-products can provide biodegradable antioxidants and be part of a circular economy approach. © Getty Images – Portrait

In the name of sustainability, craft beer byproducts could get a second life as antioxidants in cosmetics.

The Italian research team, Censi et al, set out to determine the phenol level and antioxidant activity of the by-product of several types of craft beer and assessed the impacts of beer waste extracts on human keratinocytes to demonstrate what uses they could have in beauty products.

As craft beers grow in popularity in the United States and Europe, the research team said the unpasteurized and unfiltered nature of the product presents a unique opportunity to derive personal care ingredients.

“Thus, the assessment of antioxidants in waste from beer production may be of great importance considering the rapid growth of the craft beer market worldwide,”says the newspaper. “Harnessing brewing by-products to develop health products such as cosmetics and/or supplements would help increase the sustainability of beer production.”

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From cup of coffee to cosmetics: Colombian company introduces coffee cherry ingredient with big protection claims

A cup of coffee next to coffee cherries.
A Colombian company has developed a recycled botanical antioxidant ingredient with strong third-party data. © Getty Images – Dusty Pixel

While the fruit of a coffee tree is an antioxidant-rich superfood, it is often thrown away. A Colombian company has transformed this waste into an ingredient with protection claims.

Colombian company Sanam has partnered with US company Flora Reserve to bring its antioxidant ingredient Naox Derma to the beauty industry. While the ingredient has already entered the supplement space internationally, Flora Reserve CEO Jeff Avila said it has huge potential in cosmetics.

Naox Derma is a coffee cherry extract derived from the pulp of the fruit, which is normally discarded, and among the benefits of its cosmetics are anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties and protection against blue light, among others. Avila said he sees the ingredient entering a wide range of personal care items, including creams and serums.

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