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Biosurfactants in cosmetic formulations: trends and challenges.

Authors
  • Vecino, X1, 2
  • Cruz, J M2
  • Moldes, A B2
  • Rodrigues, L R1
  • 1 a CEB-Centre of Biological Engineering , University of Minho , Braga , Portugal. , (Portugal)
  • 2 b Chemical Engineering Department, School of Industrial Engineering (EEI) , University of Vigo , Vigo , Pontevedra , Spain. , (Spain)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Critical reviews in biotechnology
Publication Date
Jan 12, 2017
Pages
1–16
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/07388551.2016.1269053
PMID: 28076995
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Cosmetic products play an essential role in everyone's life. People everyday use a large variety of cosmetic products such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, skin care, perfume, make-up, among others. The cosmetic industry encompasses several environmental, social and economic impacts that are being addressed through the search for more efficient manufacturing techniques, the reduction of waste and emissions and the promotion of personal hygiene, contributing to an improvement of public health and at the same time providing employment opportunities. The current trend among consumers is the pursuit for natural ingredients in cosmetic products, as many of these products exhibit equal, better or additional benefits in comparison with the chemical-based products. In this sense, biosurfactants are natural compounds with great potential in the formulation of cosmetic products given by their biodegradability and impact in health. Indeed, many of these biosurfactants could exhibit a "prebiotic" character. This review covers the current state-of-the-art of biosurfactant research for cosmetic purposes and further discusses the future challenges for cosmetic applications.

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