Industry Trends

October 2022

See what has been happening in Asia’s pharma and personal care industries over the last weeks. What are experts and industry magazines talking about?

What has been happening?

Mushroom mycelium as natural and sustainable ingredient for cosmetics, The future of makeup, Beauty and science experts brainstorm NPD promise for menopause wellbeing, and more. See what industry experts have been discussing in the last four weeks.

Latest Industry Articles

Fantastical fungi: Food start-up pushing mushroom mycelium as natural and sustainable ingredient for cosmetics

A Singapore-based food start-up cultivating mushroom mycelium as an alternative protein source believes it can also serve the cosmetics industry as a natural, sustainable, and completely food-safe ingredient.
The future of makeup? Post-pandemic creativity and metaverse domination

Makeup trends over the next three years will be shaped by a rush of post-pandemic creativity and increasing engagement in virtual realities and tech, says WGSN.
The future of female health? Beauty and science experts brainstorm NPD promise for menopause wellbeing

Menopause is shifting out of taboo and into the spotlight as women worldwide seek a deeper understanding on changes during this time, carving out plenty of opportunity for beauty and wellness industries to support, educate and empower.
Starting one’s skincare journey
Daily Tribune

It’s safe to say that almost everyone has developed their own skincare regimen — and not just for aesthetics. The importance of having healthy skin followed soon after everyone realized what they were doing to stay healthy prior to Covid-19 wasn’t enough.
Glucose-Lowering Meds Compared for Use With Metformin in T2DM

For patients with type 2 diabetes receiving metformin, the addition of glargine and liraglutide is more effective than glimepiride and sitagliptin for achieving and maintaining target glycated hemoglobin levels, while the…
Sunscreen and Vitamin D: Aussie researchers to study if 'slip, slap, slop' leads to vit D drop

A world-first large-scale trial in Australia will assess if wearing high-factor sunscreen prevents healthy vitamin D production.
A.S Watson launches AI-powered Skinfie Lab in collaboration with L’Oréal’s Modiface in Asia
Global Cosmetics News

A.S. Watson has announced the regional launch of Skinfie Lab, a skin analysis tool that creates highly personalised skincare product recommendations based on customers’ selfies. The AI-powered tool is launched into Watsons Hong Kong and will be rolled out to Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia by early 2023.
For a healthier gut
Daily Tribune

It is such an inconvenience when diarrhea decides to strike while we’re not at home especially now that we find ourselves going out more often. According to the World Health Organization, diarrhea is defined as the passage of three or more loose or liquid stools per day. It can last for several days and may leave the body dehydrated. This disruption on our digestive health is caused by different factors.
Natural cosmetics purchasing behavior is gender fluid, finds study

Men might be from Mars and women from Venus, but when it comes to natural cosmetics, it could be outdated to suggest that women shop differently than men.
Air Pollution Tied to Stroke and Trajectories After

Ambient air pollution is associated with the progression of stroke, according to a study published online Sept. 28 in Neurology. Fei Tian, M.D., from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, and colleagues examined the…
L’Oréal breaks ground on smart operation center in Suzhou
Global Cosmetics News

Construction has begun on a smart operations hub in China for French beauty behemoth L’Oréal, according to a report published by Yicai Global. The center is designed to improve warehousing and logistics efficiency in the region. Based at Suzhou Industrial Park, the intelligent center will be operational by Q4 2023 and will feature automated sorting systems and robotic devices, reducing the time spent preparing packages for e-commerce and tripling D2C capacity by 2025.
All dolled up: Thailand’s Cathy Doll sets sight on premiumisation with perfume, make-up

Thai mass market megabrand Cathy Doll is working towards premiumisation with new offerings in perfume and colour cosmetics.
Cosmetics-associated dermatoses: How China is pioneering online courses to raise awareness and improve skin health


Free online courses could help reduce the incidence of cosmetics-associated dermatoses and increase skin care knowledge among Chinese consumers, say researchers behind a programme attended by 540,000 people.

Vietnam in group of countries with very high levels of antibiotic resistance


According to the assessment of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Vietnam is in the group of countries with very high levels of antibiotic resistance.

Singapore MOH to explore how TCM can complement Healthier SG scheme

The Malay Mail Online

The Ministry of Health (MOH) is looking at how traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can complement the Government’s Healthier SG plan, though this will depend on the outcome of two work groups, said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung. Addressing Parliament on Wednesday (Oct 5), Mr Ong said that these work groups have been focused over the past year on issues such as enhancing TCM clinical training and improving career development.

Generic meds safe, effective as branded drugs—DOH

Manila Bulletin

The Department of Health (DOH) assured the public that generic medicines are equally safe and effective as their branded counterparts. “People have to understand also whether it be branded or unbranded generics, pareho lang ang safety, efficacy (the safety and efficacy is the same),” said DOH Officer-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire in a recent press briefing.

Singapore’s Health Promotion Board aims to replace at least half of salt in market with lower-sodium alternatives, as hypertension rises

The Malay Mail Online

Healthier salt and seasoning products will be made more readily available to consumers, as part of the authorities’ latest effort to tackle the rising sodium intake among residents here as the prevalence of hypertension in the population continues to soar through the years.

Cannabis-based medication can be registered if proven safe, effective, says Khairy

The Malay Mail Online

The Health Ministry (MoH) will allow registrations for cannabis-based medication if there is solid evidence the product can be used safely and effectively to treat patients, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said. He said that the Institute for Clinical Research (ICR) under the National Health Institute was conducting reviews and discussions with experts, especially in the fields of ecology and palliative care.

Filipino beauty brands to watch in 2023

Daily Tribune

WGSN released its Ones to Watch 2023: NextGen Filipino Beauty Brands Report that highlights five homegrown brands that are making waves in the local beauty and wellness market. According to Christine Chua, beauty analyst of WGSN, Filipinos continue to have loyalty for their go-to brands. “Value-for-money would primarily drive purchasing decisions of Filipino consumers, trailed by ‘lazy’ beauty solutions that save on effort, time, and carbon footprint,” she added.

In $500M expansion, Merck opens one Singapore facility and breaks ground on another

Fierce Farma

Merck was one of the first Big Pharmas to realize the benefits of establishing a manufacturing stronghold in Singapore. Now, amid a rush of other biopharma companies into the island nation, Merck is doubling down there. Wednesday, the New Jersey-based company opened a new secondary packaging facility to churn out vaccines and biologics. It also broke ground on a plant that will produce inhalers and is set for completion in 2026.

Three lessons on moving into the Chinese market, according to SuperOrdinary


SuperOrdinary paved its way in beauty helping US brands move into the Chinese market, and as Honest Co begins that journey lessons can be learned by the industry.

Enhanced beauty tools? Deep tech start-up unveils ceramic alloy that accelerates wound-healing


A Singapore-based deep-tech start-up has developed a unique material that could pique the interest of the beauty sector because of its ability to reduce inflammation and accelerate wound healing.

Related Articles & Trends

Pharma & Personal Care Trends – January 2023

Pharma & Personal Care Trends – January 2023

Why mushrooms are the new anti-aging allies of your beauty routine, Acne-buster: Collagen application can enhance the anti-acne effects of red and blue light irradiation, Regular use of Vitamin D linked to fewer melanoma cases, and more. See what industry experts have been discussing in the last four weeks.

Pharma & Personal Care Trends – December 2022

Pharma & Personal Care Trends – December 2022

Positive results from skin cancer vaccine, Skinification: the art of treating hair like skin, Rising toll of antibiotic-resistant infections costs thousands of lives and billions, and more. See what industry experts have been discussing in the last four weeks.

Pharma & Personal Care Trends – November 2022

Pharma & Personal Care Trends – November 2022

Unleashing the power of red ginger, Eating more plants to reduce pain, Microneedle patches found to significantly improve undereye wrinkles, and more. See what industry experts have been discussing in the last four weeks.

Industry News . Once a month . No spam