Improving skin feel and achieving measurable cosmetic effects: Cognis Care Chemicals and Laboratoires Sérobiologiques at In-Cosmetics Asia

Monheim am Rhein, (PresseBox) - At this year's In-Cosmetics Asia trade show, Cognis Care Chemicals and its active ingredients business Laboratoires Sérobiologiques (LS) presented sophisticated products and formulation concepts that meet the demand from Asian consumers for convenience, natural beauty and sustainability. Key benefits in focus included an appealing skin feel, mild cleansing and anti-aging and whitening effects.

The Cetiol C5 emollient is the latest addition to Cognis' portfolio of eco-label approved ingredients. Made from 100 percent renewable feedstocks, it has been granted Ecocert, NPA, BDIH and NaTrue certifications and can be used as an alternative to cyclic silicones in various applications, including facial, body, sun and hair care products, and decorative cosmetics. It has good skin compatibility, excellent spreadability and a unique sensory profile.

Cosmedia Triple C is a cationic rheology control additive for hair conditioners and skin care formulations. This innovative PEG/EO-free product offers superior electrolyte tolerance and improves the stability and viscosity of formulations over a wide pH range. It also contributes to excellent skin and hair sensorics, and measurably improves the combability of both wet and dry hair.

The company's booth also featured alkyl polyglucoside (APG®) surfactants. Combining strong skin cleansing performance with exceptional mildness, these are ideal for creating formulations for the sensitive skin and fragile hair typical of Asian consumers. They can also be used for a broad range of other high-performance personal care applications, and because they are obtained from renewable plant-derived raw materials such as vegetable oils and starch, they also fit with the green trend. With the recent opening of a new APG® facility in China, Cognis can now serve its customers in the region better than ever.

New active ingredients for beautiful skin

LS too used In-Cosmetics Asia to showcase a number of innovative ingredients, in this case primarily serving the growing interest in anti-aging skin care products.

On display was Eterniskin, a maitake mushroom extract with a dual anti-aging action. It both helps the skin to combat stress, and stimulates the synthesis of different types of essential collagens present in the dermis and dermo-epidermal junction (DEJ). This counteracts the age-related decrease of these substances, and helps maintain a more youthful DEJ and dermis. As a result, skin thickness, firmness and elasticity are increased and skin looks plumper and younger.

Another innovation on show was Elestan, a leaf extract from the African Manilkara tree that helps restore skin tonicity. It protects elastic fibers from excessive degradation by elastases and has an anti-glycation activity. In addition, it stimulates the synthesis both of elastin and of essential elastin-related proteins, maintaining an optimum structure in the elastic fiber network. As a result, the elasticity, firmness and resilience of the skin are all increased.

New formulation concepts for the Asian market

Cognis Care Chemicals and LS also launched some new formulation concepts at this year's show. Among these was "Beauty and the city around Asia". In-depth market research shows that urban Asian women want a stylish modern lifestyle, but one that also respects their cultural heritage. Cognis' new formulation concept reflects this attitude, and gives manufacturers new ideas on how to create products that are both traditional and convenient.

In response to the growing demand from Asian consumers for improved natural looks, Cognis Care Chemicals introduced its "BB Cream: Blemish Balm for the wonderful nude skin of Asian beauty" concept, combining the benefits of skin care products and decorative cosmetics. It is also aimed at urban Asian consumers. The advent of the digital age has had a big effect on the beauty industry, as the heightened scrutiny of high-definition means people increasingly seek truly flawless skin. Urban consumers are increasingly looking for high-quality products that provide multi-functions of skin care and decorative cosmetics for a moisturized, luminous, and natural look. The new Cognis concept shows how to meet this demand by including the company's latest emollients, emulsifiers and skin sensory modifiers.

Formulators are also increasingly looking for ways to develop hair care products that do not contain silicone. With "Silicone-free solutions for hair care" Cognis presented a formulation concept that replaces silicones with alternatives based on natural, renewable raw materials. Using the example of a transparent microemulsion and a micronized lipid dispersion, it shows how these can be used to formulate silicone-free shampoos that offer the same excellent performance as conventional products.

Young-Yull Kim, Vice President Care Chemicals Sales and Marketing Asia-Pacific, comments: "At this year's In-Cosmetics trade show in Asia, Cognis Care Chemicals and LS showcased a comprehensive portfolio of innovative ingredients and formulations that perfectly serve the demands of the Asian market. With our in-depth knowledge of consumer trends and our technological expertise, we are ideally positioned to help our customers develop new products that combine performance properties with sustainability and well-being benefits."

About Laboratoires Sérobiologiques

Laboratoires Sérobiologiques is Cognis Care Chemicals' active ingredients business. It specializes in the development, manufacture and marketing of innovative cosmetic concepts and active ingredients.

BASF Personal Care and Nutrition GmbH

Cognis is a worldwide supplier of specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients, with a particular focus on the areas of wellness and sustainability. The company employs about 5,500 people, and it operates production sites and service centers in 30 countries. Cognis has dedicated its activities to a high level of sustainability and provides value adding solutions and products based on renewable raw materials. The company serves the food, nutrition and healthcare markets, and the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. Another main focus is on products for a number of other industries, such as coatings and inks, lubricants, as well as agriculture and mining.

Cognis is currently owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2009, Cognis recorded sales of about 2.6 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (operating result) of 364 million euros.

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