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BASF’s New Skin Care Ingredient Boosts Emotional Well-being

Published on 2021-04-12. Author : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Natural/ Organic     Skin Care    

BASF_New_Sacred_PatchBASF launches Sacred Patch®, a new skin care active ingredient that helps boost emotional well-being. Sacred Patch® is based on BASF’s MicroPatch® technology to harness the potential of the valuable algal extract sacran.

Sacred Patch® works in three ways: it offers an instantly perceptible uplift in mood once applied to the skin, helps to soothe sensitive skin, and provides strong moisturization properties. According to ISO 16128, Sacred Patch® is 99.2 percent of natural origin.

Contains Soothing Properties

Extracted from the Japanese microalga Aphanothece sacrum, sacran has long been known for its soothing properties. BASF scientists have now discovered that the polysaccharide also helps to stimulate the release of oxytocin, a neuropeptide and wellness mediator. Taking advantage of this exceptional property, sacran has been integrated into a MicroPatch, consisting of the natural bio-polysaccharides pullulan, alginate, and hyaluronic acid, to form Sacred Patch®.

The active ingredient has been shown ex vivo to help stimulate the release of oxytocin in human skin explants by as much as 40 percent. Comprehensive in vivo testing confirmed that the molecular patch had a positive emotional effect immediately after application: 93 percent of the volunteers associated the use of Sacred Patch® with tenderness, 90 percent with joy and happiness, and 61 percent with desire.

Sensitive skin is an overreaction to external stimuli, such as irritants or microorganisms, and can be exacerbated if unwanted invaders manage to penetrate the skin. Once inside, the irritants cause the epidermal cells to produce inflammatory messengers, such as interleukin IL-8.

Sacred Patch® Reduces Inflammation

In an in vitro test conducted on human keratinocytes infected by Staphylococcus aureus, Sacred Patch® was shown to help significantly reduce inflammation by 93 percent compared to an untreated control. The active thus demonstrably helps to comfort irritated skin.

Disruptions within the skin barrier can lead to dehydration, contributing to a variety of unwanted skin conditions including discomfort, fine lines and wrinkles, and dull, flaky skin. BASF’s MicroPatch product forms a protective, comforting mesh on the surface of sensitive skin to prevent water evaporation.

Sacran – entrapped in the patch – has impressive water-attracting properties. It therefore helps to increase the skin’s natural water retention capacity, keeping it hydrated. Tested ex vivo on human skin biopsies, Sacred Patch® has been proven to offer immediate moisturization of the upper layers of the epidermis, lasting until at least 6 hours after application. Clinical tests confirmed this result: study participants rated the moisturizing and soothing effect of an emulsion containing Sacred Patch® at 2 percent with a score of at least four out of five after eight hours and 14 days of application.

The patch technology is a result of the company’s dual expertise in natural macromolecules and the controlled release of active ingredients. It forms the basis for a range of products in BASF’s active ingredients portfolio, including PatcH2O™ that offers immediate and long-lasting hydration for skin scalp, MicroPatch® Caffeine that helps to improve cellulite and decrease dark circles under the eyes, and the moisturizing MicroPatch® Serine. BASF plans to further expand its product range based on the MicroPatch technology in the future.

Source: BASF
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