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Finalists Announced for 2012 Cosmetics & Toiletries R&D Awards

Posted: January 18, 2012

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Sederma, for its Resistem anti-aging ingredient combining eco-friendly production with a novel mechanism—hormesis. Based on vegetal stem cell cultures, the production method is designed to utilize natural resources sustainably while providing safe, high quality ingredients without causing damage to the environment. The mode of action is based on hormesis, i.e., the favorable biological protective and repair responses to low levels of stress. By activating the skin’s defenses via this approach, the ingredient has been shown to positively affect tissue regeneration, cell detoxification and cell longevity.

Interpolymer Corp., for its Syntran PC 5620, a water-based, film-forming polymer based on a novel acylate cross-linking technology. The material imparts superior gloss, adhesion, water-resistance and hardness. In addition, it provides quick dry time and easy removability with alcohol, and enables the formulation of nail polish that is hydrating, to promote the healthy growth of nails. Compatible with water-based actives, the ingredient eliminates concern for safety hazards, toxicity and VOC issues currently facing solvent-based nail enamels containing nitrocellulose without loss in performance.

Ashland, for its FlexiThix (INCI: Polyvinylpyrrolidone) rheology modifier, a polymer-based thickener demonstrated to work in difficult-to-thicken systems such as those having high salt content. The technology builds viscosity across a wide pH range and has been proven stable in the presence of a number of solvents and acids. It is also capable of thickening systems with varied polarity—from highly polar aqueous-based, to less polar ester-based formulations. This rheology modifier offers producers of water, alcohol and oil-based products a universal “drop-in” ingredient to solve difficult-to-thicken formulation challenges.