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Cosmeto-textiles: State of the Art and Future Perspectives

Institute of Chemistry & Technology of Polymers – National Research Council of Italy, Pozzuoli (NA), Italy

The skin is the largest human organ. Its care and health are, therefore, essential. The skin can only be healthy and attractive when it is in balance. The pre-requisites for healthy skin are: the moisture content, the protective function, elasticity and cell renewal. All of these parameters are supported by applying pharmaceuticals and wellness substances.The newest movement in beauty is the hybrid of textiles and cosmetics called Cosmeto-Wear: consumers, especially ladies, expect clothing to have a positive effect on the conditions of their skin. Hence, finishers are being asked to create products that offer new and/or improved functions using a limited selection of starting materials.

The term “cosmeto-textiles” is  already in use today encompassing known textiles with coatings/finishes worn close to the body, which makes it possible to provide garments with active therapeutic or cosmetic ingredients that are imparted to the skin of the wearer or released from the finish while the garments are being worn. The objective of this paper is to discuss the state of the art and the future perspectives of cosmetotextiles products, focusing on the different ways of manufacturing, the choice of active components, the problem of their unwanted loss during washing.

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