LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany -- What is the secret to looking young? One answer lies in taking good care of the skin around the eyes. Delicate, nearly twice as thin as the rest of the skin on the face and involved in all motion of the surrounding muscles, the eye contour is always the first to show signs of aging, such as wrinkling and sagging. Another consequence of the fragility of the eye contour area is the formation of "dark circles" which contributes to the overall dull skin and tired appearance.
With its renown expertise in skin biological aging, Beauty Creations, the cosmetic active ingredient business of BASF, is now offering Shadownyl™ a potent brown seaweed extract to combat the formation of wrinkles and "dark circles" around the eyes for a fully refreshed and enlightened eye contour.
Eye contour wrinkles and dark circles formation
One of the causes of the formation of dark circles is blood leakage into the dermis and epidermis, linked to breaking of small fragile blood vessels present in the eye area. Degradation of leaked blood cells leads to the release of pigmented degradation products such as heme, which accumulates in the dermis and epidermis and is responsible for the violet coloration that shows through the skin under the eye and is commonly called "dark circles". Additional consequences of free heme release within the skin are the production of free radicals and the skin's inflammatory response, which leads to fine lines and wrinkles formation. Therefore scavenging and disposal of free heme is critical.
Shadownyl™, the eye contour luminizer
Shadownyl™ is a water extract of Fucus vesiculosus, which utilizes a novel biological pathway targeting heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), an enzyme involved in the reduction of free heme content in the skin - a major cause of dark circle formation. In addition, Shadownyl™ was shown to exhibit antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory properties, helping thereby to preserve the skin cells and may also contribute to counteract the dark circle formation process. Finally, Shadownyl™ showed very good in vitro results for collagen type-1 stimulation activity, which may lead to a skin re-plumping effect.
Clinically proven efficacy
Two clinical studies were conducted on 27 and 22 volunteers respectively with Shadownyl™ incorporated at 2% in an eye cream formulation. Both studies highlighted Shadownyl's ability to visibly decrease the coloration associated with dark circles across the eye contour area in just a two week regiment. Finally, in just a one week treatment, Shadownyl™ demonstrated a three-dimensional anti-wrinkle effect - acting simultaneously on three key parameters. Shadownyl™ was able to reduce wrinkle length, surface and volume in comparison with the placebo eye cream.
Comments Tony Jaillot, BASF Beauty Creations Global Marketing Director: "The delicate skin of the contour of the eye is extremely thin- becoming even thinner with age - which makes it subject to unsightly age-related changes in appearance, including the formation of dark circles and wrinkles around the eyes. With Shadownyl™, Beauty Creations is now offering a dual approach to revive the contour of the eye in a comprehensive and efficient manner while addressing the key corrective actions of this area: reduction of dark circles and crow's feet wrinkles for a youthful and revitalized look. Shadownyl™ offers perfect skin tolerance and perfectly fulfills market demands for potent eye contour care products offering, revitalizing as well as brightening benefits, all at once. "Shadownyl™ is obtained from renewable, highest quality, marine based vegetal raw material Fucus vesiculosus, which is a certified organic material with all its components listed in "International Cosmetic ingredient standard Chinese name" (2007 & 2010) as well as the Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients in China (IECIC, 2012).
- INCI name: Water (and) Algae Extract (and) Hexylene Glycol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Xanthan Gum
- Aspect: Reddish/Brown - Brown
- Dose of use : 2.0 % (recommended)
About BASF Care Chemicals
BASF Care Chemicals division offers a broad range of ingredients for hygiene, personal care, home care, industrial & institutional cleaning, and technical applications. They are one of the global leading suppliers for the cosmetics industry as well as the detergents and cleaners industry and support our customers with innovative and sustainable products, solutions and concepts. The division's high-performance product portfolio includes surfactants, emulsifiers, polymers, emollients, chelating agents, cosmetic active ingredients, pigments and UV filters. Superabsorbent polymers developed for the full spectrum of hygiene applications complete the range. They have production and development sites in all regions and are expanding its presence in emerging markets.
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