Sustainability has long since become more than a temporary trend. Globally, we are seeing growing ecological awareness and, even in cosmetics, consumers are looking for natural formulations and demanding that producers treat nature with respect. The topic of sustainability is becoming an increasingly important one and is developing into a major differentiation point for cosmetic brands.
Palm oil is once again coming under heavy criticism. The most widely used oil in the world, palm oil is present in all kinds of consumer products – from margarine to ready-made foods, candy, cosmetics, and detergents. But what makes palm oil so appealing for use in cosmetics? Should we be looking for alternatives to meet the ceaselessly growing global demand for oils, or is it enough to pay careful attention to the origin of the palm oil we use?
A certain trend has been visible in the cosmetics market for some years now: knowledge in the fields of dermatology and cosmetics is starting to overlap into an ever widening grey area between pharmaceutical and cosmetic care products. Terms like dermocosmetics, dermaceuticals and cosmeceuticals reveal that cosmetics is pushing its way into the field of pharmaceuticals for more profound reasons than just complying with legal demands for proof of effectiveness. The transitions between care, prevention and healing are smooth, and many substances are being used as both cosmetically and dermatologically active ingredients.