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Bicosome Encapsulates Carotene and Antioxidants for IR/UV Protection

January 28, 2015 | Contact Author | By: Katie Anderson
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At in-cosmetics 2015 in Barcelona, Bicosome is launching a complex that boosts the skin's ability to protect against ultraviolet and infrared radiation. Bicotene Antiox (INCI: Water (aqua) (and) Lecithin (and) Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine (and) Lysolecithin (and) Glycine Soja Oil (and) Phenethyl Alcohol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Tocophyeryl Acetate (and) Caprylhydroxamic Acid (and) Disodium EDTA (and) Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract (and) Beta-Carotene (and) Tocopherol) is a system that encapsulates and delivers stable carotenes and antioxidant vitamins to the deeper layers of the epidermis, providing biological protection against solar radiation.

The use of sunscreens does not guarantee complete protection from the sun's radiation, according to the company. Therefore, an extra supply of antioxidant molecules is essential to reinforce the skin's defense mechanism through the so-called “second defense line.” Carotenes are botanical antioxidants known for their effectiveness against phototoxic effects in oral therapies. Topically, their limitation resides on the instability of these molecules, that if not properly formulated, quickly lose their protective effects. Once carotenes penetrate the stratum corneum, they may remain active for days to quench free radicals.

Bicotene Antiox protects the skin collagen from IR degradation, immediately neutralizes free radicals present in the skin, blocks the generation of free radicals during UV exposure and reinforces the outer layers of the skin, preventing the signs of photoaging.

It is recommended at 2-3% in its liquid form and 0.4—0.6% in its lyophilized form in anti-aging moisturizers and daily serums, pre- and post-solar formulations, sunscreens, tanning products, anti-pollution treatments, makeup, lipsticks and general skin care products. It is added in the water phase of emulsions during the cooling process.