Recent Progress on the Development of lignin as future ingredient biobased cosmetics

Harits Atika Ariyanta, Eko Budi Santoso, Lisman Suryanegara, Enos Tangke Arung, Irawan Wijaya Kusuma*, Mohamad Nurul Azman Mohammad Taib, M. Hazwan Hussin, Yeni Yanuar, Irmanida Batubara, Widya Fatriasari*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

14 Scopus citations


Because phenolic compounds in the structure of lignin function as free radical scavengers and UV blockers, lignin offers potential capabilities, particularly in terms of antioxidant and antibacterial properties. These qualities have led to its use as a natural sunscreen, anti-inflammatory, whitening agent, and anti-aging ingredient in cosmetic formulations. Furthermore, because of lignin's low cytotoxicity, lignin-based cosmetics can help to improve user safety to some level. In certain investigations, lignin was added to commercial sunscreen in varying concentrations, and a synergistic effect was achieved when paired with an existing inorganic ingredient. Differences in lignin absorptivity as a lignin-based sunscreen result from different sources and methods of lignin extraction processing, leading to the discovery of the most effective lignin structure as a sunscreen. Furthermore, the potential anti-inflammatory, wound treatment, tyrosinase inhibitory, and anti-aging activities of lignin have been reported to have potential as a new generation of bio-based cosmetic products. This review helps to understand better how to develop lignin as a natural cosmetic, including sunscreen, anti-inflammatory, whitening, and anti-aging agents, along with its mechanisms for environmental purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100966
JournalSustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy
StatePublished - May 2023
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022


  • Antioxidant and antimicrobial agent
  • Cytotoxicity
  • Lignin-based cosmetics
  • New biobased cosmetic
  • Synergistic effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


Dive into the research topics of 'Recent Progress on the Development of lignin as future ingredient biobased cosmetics'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this