Sci-Fi Skin Cells

Cosmetic companies are often under fire for their use of animals when testing out new and updated products. L’Oréal has become the first cosmetic company to test products on something other than animals. The company has used 3D printing to produce synthetic human skin to test cosmetics. This comes at a day in age where companies are being held accountable for their morality and ethics. L’Oréal hasn’t faced too much criticism when it comes to animal testing, as they have not been on record as testing on animals since 2013. However, the L’Oréal executives want to reestablish they’re testing practices before there is a problem to be solved. Since 2013 the company has spent a lot of time growing human skin samples in a lab. They would take discarded skin samples from cosmetic surgery procedures and break the cells down to their most vulnerable state. Once the cells were broken down, the company used an accelerated procedure to grow more skin. The company has teamed up with a bioengineering lab to produce more skin fragments at a larger more efficient rate. This is the first time that the beauty and cosmetic industry has used technologic means to test their cosmetics according to a few Brazilian lawyers. The program is still in its early stages, but L’Oréal isn’t worried about competitors getting their hands on this technology. The company will retain exclusive rights to use 3D printing as a means to test their cosmetics.

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