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Cosmetics Product Innovation Service

The Cosmetics Product Innovation Service at Shannon ABC is designed to help companies in this sector to develop new products, improve existing products and to make quantitative, validated claims about their products.

The global cosmetics sector is estimated to reach US$675 billion by 2020; within the EU30, there was greater than €30 billion in trade in the cosmetics sector in 2015, and has shown consistent growth. The Irish skincare market was worth €110 million in 2010 and increased to €144 million in 2015 and remained relatively resilient to the economic downturn and is set to rise to €156 million by 2020.

The service is divided into 2 parts:

  1. Cell Culture testing for new product development and ingredient screening.

  2. Skin probe testing for product efficacy validation
  1. Cell culture testing allows us to test ingredients or final products against skin cells grown in the laboratory. This provides a valuable screening tool with which companies can make informed decisions regarding the performance and impact of their ingredients or products. Measures such as collagen production, wound healing, anti-oxidant protection, cell proliferation, skin barrier efficacy, anti-inflammatory activity and any detrimental impact on skin cells can all be made using cell culture testing. This can allow a company to make a decision on whether a particular ingredient may be suitable or not.

  2. Skin probe testing utilises non-invasive skin testing probes to determine measurements of skin such as elasticity, moisturisation, skin barrier efficacy and skin sebum/oil production

Shannon ABC has a reserve panel of approximately 100 volunteers that can be involved in efficacy testing of cosmetic products. Studies range from 24 hours to 4 weeks, depending on company requirements, end point measures required and products tested. The benefits to the company are the ability to market their product’s efficacy using scientifically proven, quantitative data and ensuring compliance with Commission Regulation (EU) No 655/2013.


Jennifer Stratton (MSc) demonstrating skin testing probes at Shannon ABCs recent Industry Open Day

For more information on the Cosmetics Product Innovation Service, please contact Dr Joanna Tierney (Joanna.tierney[at]staff.ittralee.ie)