function and the hydration of the skin.
The key factor is the effect that it has on
desmosomes, which are specialized cell
junctions playing a pivotal role in the attachment of cells to each other. In aged
skin, desmosomes are down-regulated or
Lack of cohesion results in dehydrated
scaly skin prone to infections. Applying
this hexapeptide to the skin sends cells
a signal to produce higher quantities of
desmoglein-1. As the sequence of peptide contained in Cellcon is derived from
desmoglein-1, the higher amount of this
sequence in a cell simulates desmosome
degradation. Based on the negative feedback process, a higher level of fragments
stimulates the cell to synthesize new
protein molecules of desmoglein-1. This
protein can be then incorporated into
desmosomes, or used for the formation of
new desmosomes in tissue.
Contipro Biotech is a European company specializing in the development of
new ingredients to combat skin aging.
COSM’Innov 2013, a global cosmetics innovation event, was attended by 95
companies and 64 research laboratories.
In-Cosmetics Asia Features
•THAILAND: While consumers have
their favorite products, they are constantly
on the lookout for those that promise to
do even more for their skin and hair. This
leaves manufacturers with the hard task of
finding the right ingredient to make their
product stand out from the crowd.
To help visitors pinpoint top ingre-
dients to look out for, In-Cosmetics Asia
asked industry experts to identify
the most popular categories at
the show and launched“Product
Trails” that lead visitors to se-
lected exhibitor stands to find
In line with the show’s
Korea Country Focus, Florence
Bernardin from Information
and Inspiration put together
her top 10 South Korean ingredients on display at the show.
Demonstrating the region’s dynamism, the South Korea trail includes an
ingredient that promises to fight thermal
aging as well as photoaging, a stabilized
whitening agent, a bee venom for anti-acne, and many more.
In addition to the South Korea product trail, there were also product trails for
anti-acne, anti-aging and skin whitening.
In-Cosmetics Asia was held in
Bangkok at the end of October.
Herbline Essentials Rebrands,
•UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: All natural beauty brand Herbline Essentials has
rebranded with a fresh new identity across
its product, packaging and marketing materials, and the firm is using the new look
to help fuel expansion across the Middle
East region and beyond.
Founded in 2005 by Harmony
Cosmetics, Herbline Essentials offers a
range of products for the face, body and
hair as well as specialist products for acne,
aging and slimming. Based on Ayurveda,
and made from 100% natural ingredients
sourced in the Himalayas, Herbline’s range
is paraben-, paraffin- and cruelty-free.
Products are available at leading pharmacies in the UAE, including Boots, Bin Sina,
Health First and United Pharmacies, including the Dubai Duty Free pharmacies
at Dubai International Airport.
“Our rebranding is a natural step in
our company’s evolution and reflects the
changing needs, lifestyles and expecta-
tions of customers today, as our goal
is to build upon a brand that is rooted
in customer trust and relevance,” said
Aly Rahimtoola, managing director of
Herbline Essentials’ range, which is
currently on sale in the UAE and Pakistan,
will roll out over the next six months to
Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Turkey, South
Africa and additional western and central
Herbline Essentials recently became a
certified member of PETA’s Beauty without Bunnies program. It is also included in
the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.
More info: www.herbline-essentials.com
Shiseido To Sell Skin Care
Brands to L’Oréal
•JAPAN: Shiseido Co., Ltd. has received
a proposal from L’Oréal to acquire Carita
and Decléor skin care, body care, hair care
treatments and products for approximately €230 million ($314.3 million at current
exchange rates). The beauty giants are
currently negotiating the terms and conditions of the sale, and the deal is subject
to standard closing adjustments.
Decléor and Carita brands are part of
the Shiseido Professional Division and
provide skin care products and services to
professional and retail channels mainly in
Europe. According to L’Oréal, the Decléor/
Carita group had sales of approximately
€ 100 million in 2012, which made it the
No. 2 player in the global professional
skin care market, which includes beauty
salons, spas and salons.
“This project presents a tremendous
opportunity for our division, which will
thus make a major move in this strategic
market for professional beauty very com-
plementary circuit the hairstyle,” said An
Verhulst-Santos, general manager of the
Professional Products Division of L’Oréal,
in a statement. “Decleor and Carita are
two fine brands that occupy a place in the
salons, particularly in Western Europe.
Development prospects, especially inter-
nationally, are very promising.”
Both Carita International S.A. and
Laboratories Decléor S.A.S. are based in
Paris. As of Sept. 30, 2013 Carita’s capi-
tal was valued at € 11. 29 million while
Decléor’s was € 19. 3 million. •
Dr. Iva Doleckova