New active ingredients target skin conditions’ root causes

Every day, our skin is exposed to harmful environmental influences and the negative effects of our fast-paced lifestyles. Oily skin, pigment spots, fine lines and wrinkles, or dry skin with itching and tingling sensations are common consequences.

During Cosmet’Agora (  taking place 15 and 16 January 2019 in Paris, BASF will present several new active ingredients that were derived from the research activities on epigenetics, microbiome and extraction, addressing the dermatological roots of these skin conditions and helping manufacturers meet end-consumers’ needs.

Blue light protection inspired by plant defence strategies

Skin aging is driven by several external factors and especially by light. Blue light radiating from our cell phones and computers, but mainly from the sun, deeply penetrates the skin and can create damages in the dermis and even in the DNA. Besides the approach to scatter blue light by particulate UV filters BASF developed three unique leaf extracts, inspired by plant defense strategies, to offer a complete protection against multiple sources of light, especially blue light.

One product, a rockrose extract adapted to arid climate, protects the DNA of skin cells from the effects of UVB exposure and prevents the deleterious effects of blue light. The second product, a candle bush leaf extract, promotes the cell’s youth during sun exposure.

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