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The use of electrospinning in cosmetic applications is also increasingly developing. Cosmetic applications share a common objective similar to pharmaceutical applications: a number of active ingredients are to be released at a specific location in a controlled manner. In the case of cosmetics, these are cosmetic active ingredients, to be dosed at skin level – at the dermis or epidermis level – and with a release profile that can vary from a few seconds to several hours, depending on the target and active ingredients used in a particular application. Again, the characteristics of nanofiber membranes produced by electrospinning, such as porosity, high surface area, the possibility of encapsulating active ingredients in the fibres themselves, etc., make the electrospinning technique ideal for developing and innovating in a wide range of cosmetic applications.

Products such as facial masks, eye contour patches, patches to treat expression wrinkles on the forehead, patches to treat skin blemishes, among other cosmetic products, are currently available on the market in the form of electrospun nanofiber membranes. And there is still a long way to go in the cosmetics sector using electrospinning in beauty, hygiene, facial and body care products.

Find in this section some of the most interesting applications of electrospinning in cosmetics.

The integration of electrospinning in cosmetic applications is experiencing significant growth, paralleling advancements in pharmaceuticals where the goal is the targeted and controlled release of active ingredients. Specifically, in the realm of cosmetics, the aim is to deliver these active ingredients precisely at the skin’s surface, targeting either the dermis or epidermis, with a release profile that can span from mere seconds to several hours. This tailored release is dependent on the specific needs of the cosmetic application and the characteristics of the materials employed. The unique attributes of nanofiber membranes produced via electrospinning, such as their enhanced porosity, extensive surface area, and the capability to encapsulate active ingredients within the fibers, render the electrospinning technique exceptionally suited for a broad spectrum of cosmetic innovations.

Particularly, the advent of the electrospinning for face mask represents a significant leap forward in skincare technology. These masks, crafted from electrospun nanofiber membranes, are designed to adhere closely to the contours of the face, providing an efficient mechanism for the delivery of skincare actives. The electrospinning process ensures that these masks have a high surface area, allowing for a more uniform and effective distribution of the active ingredients across the skin’s surface. Moreover, it is possible to encapsulate only the active ingredients (removing additives and preservatives) into the ultrathin fibers, entering into a new approach called “pure cosmetics”.

Furthermore, the versatility of electrospinning for cosmetics extends beyond facial treatments to include products like eye contour patches, which target delicate under-eye skin for rejuvenation and anti-aging benefits; as well as forehead patches, neck patches and mouth contour patches for anti-wrinkle purposes. These patches leverage the same technology to deliver actives effectively, addressing concerns such as fine lines and dark circles. Similarly, patches designed to smooth expression lines on the forehead or to diminish skin blemishes utilize the precise delivery capabilities of electrospun fibers, ensuring targeted treatment and enhanced results.

Electrospinning for cosmetics is not limited to these applications; it encompasses a wide range of beauty, hygiene, facial, and body care products, each benefiting from the precise and controlled delivery mechanisms provided by electrospun ultrathin fibers. As the cosmetics industry continues to embrace this technology, we can anticipate the development of even more innovative products, such as even more advanced electrospinning face masks that cater to a variety of skin types and conditions, further personalizing skincare regimens.

The role of electrospinning in cosmetics is rapidly expanding. As research and development in this area progress, the potential for electrospinning in cosmetics continues to unfold, promising an exciting future for skincare innovation.