The cosmetic industry has evolved over the last 50 to 60 years from an era of secret formulas, elusive promises and false hope to an entirely new industry based on science. No longer are the cosmetic giants isolated scions. There is ever-growing interaction and interdependence among cosmeceutical, pharmaceutical, biochemical, and medical communities. Thus new development has been successfully translated into more effective ameliorative treatments as well as preventive treatments of dry or aging skin.
For anti-aging purposes, active compounds of new cosmetic products must be carefully selected to obtain the best efficacy and safeness. Innovative cosmetics have become more sophisticated in both formulation and presentation, meanwhile new tests have been developed to ensure not only quality and safety but also the validation of products claims.
A case in point is chitin nano-fibrils. Different in vitro and in vivo tests report to the capacity of chitin nanofibrils to act as an effective penetration enhancer as well as a stand-alone compound in anti-aging products.
P. Morganti1, G. Fabrizi2, P .Palombo3, M. Palombo4, E. Ruocco5, A.Cardillo6 and G. Morganti7 1 Professor of Applied Cosmetic Dermatology, II University of Naples;, Visiting Professor of China Medical University Shenyang; R&D Director, Mavi Sud s.r.l. – Aprilia (LT) - Italy 2. Head Department of Dermatology, Medical School University of Molise – Campobasso– Italy 3. Head, Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Saint Eugenio Hospital - Rome – Italy 4. Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Saint Eugenio Hospital - Rome - Italy 5. Department of Dermatology, University of Naples II, School of Medicine and Surgery - Naples – Italy 6. R&D ISCD, Roma - Italy 7. R&D MAVI Sud , Roma – Italy Received: JULY, 2008.
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