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Shin-Etsu Presents Soft-focus Effect Finding on Silicone Powders

February 11, 2015 | Contact Author | By: Katie Anderson
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Shin-Etsu Silicones of America, Inc. presented new "soft-focus" findings on its KSP Series Hybrid Silicone Powders (100, 101, 102, 105, 300, 411, and 441). In its latest experimental studies, the company found the powders masked skin imperfections while achieving a soft-focus effect.

This soft-focus effect helps blur wrinkles, and the powders were also found to reduce shine and absorb sebum. The powders primarily were known for their sensory benefits of a soft, silky feel with good dispersibility and reduced agglomeration. Besides refractive Index (RI) and particle size, empirical drivers such as volatility and absorption properties of the powder were found to dominate visual effects.

The new findings will enable chemists to select the best blurring ingredient(s) to “dial in” the visual effects, along with the best skin feel to develop the ideal blurring products. These new properties provide additional benefits for formulators who are developing anti-aging products, skin lotions and cream, anhydrous skin treatment serums, powder foundations and blushes, liquid foundations and creams, hot pour, and mascaras.

Therefore, in addition to a pleasant skin feel such as light, fresh, smooth, silky, etc., formulators are now able to use the powders to provide every age group with options in formulation to achieve a soft focus, natural look that blurs skin defects such as wrinkles, fine lines, and blemishes.