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A Feel for Innovation

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: September 2, 2008, from the September 2006 issue of GCI Magazine.

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“In Asia, a woman’s beauty starts with the appearance of her hair. It needs to be shiny, soft, silky and healthy looking,” said Vince Ungvary, marketing director, Dow Corning Personal Care, Asia. “This need can be met by leave-in conditioners, one of the fastest-growing segments of the global hair care market.”

Combining Lipids and Silicones

According to the company, Dow Corning® natural lipids are stabilized against oxidation so they can be formulated with silicones to improve the feel of hair and skin products. The lipids line is the result of an alliance with International Cosmetic Science Centre (ICSC), a research and development center and supplier of high-quality natural ingredients to the cosmetic industry.

Dow Corning stated its lipids, rich in fatty acids, are good moisturizers and hair conditioners, especially for ethnic hair care products, and can restore the skin’s barrier function. They can be used in combination with silicones, which are good emollients that improve the feel of formulations to create products with low film residue, greasiness and tackiness. Incorporating natural lipids in formulations had been difficult because of their inherent oxidative instability, especially for lipids with a high content of essential fatty acids. Rosemary extract has been found to stabilize the lipids against oxidation. To deliver these lipids in concentrated emulsions combined with silicones provides additional benefits for the cosmetic formulator,” said Gyzen.

Replicating practices that have been used for centuries, Dow Corning’s lipids are derived naturally from plant seeds, fruit nuts or kernels, mango, kokum, black currant, evening primrose, borage, camelina and shea, which are sourced from such locations as India, Pakistan, East Africa, Mexico, Central America and China.