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Is Silicone the Fountain of Youth?

By: Jeff Falk
Posted: September 5, 2008, from the August 2006 issue of GCI Magazine.

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“The postmodern cosmetic user is driven by performance skin care products that are desirable; desirable in that they fit individual life styles while protecting the environment,” said De Blasi of the source of these opportunities. “Complementing this is the demographic imperative. Our aging population will be with us a long time, but the good news is that most also will enjoy vitality and vigor. Antiaging, antiwrinkle, antiglycation and similar challenges are driving much of our development. Innovation should celebrate that good news, and that is the opportunity.

“Silicone and ‘actives’ development will contribute in at least two key ways. First, by providing skin protection from harmful stimuli such as UV, oxidation and pollution, coupled with a nourishment component such as moisturization, restored homeostasis and even enhanced biocommunication at the cellular level. Second, new developments will offer prevention formulations that counter the effects of both intrinsic and extrinsic skin antagonists,” De Blasi said.

These manufacturers also are vocal about their commitment to educating the industry on the use and benefits of silicones, and their grasp of the consumer impetus behind silicone’s growth makes them an invaluable and potent partner to both formulators and marketers.

“To move beyond being just a raw materials supplier, Dow Corning decided to share its application expertise, market understanding and global awareness with customers through a solutions approach,” said van Reeth. “In addition to developing and delivering new ingredients in a timely manner, the company strives to uncover consumer needs and opportunities throughout the world. Using this understanding and expertise, Dow Corning develops unique consumer product concepts that are aligned to market trends and demonstrate the benefits of silicones while stretching the imagination beyond existing solutions.”

GE operates application research centers in the U.S., South America, Europe and Asia where scientists are focused on achieving an in-depth understanding of the structure-function relationships of the company’s products and helping customers formulate innovative and value-added products.