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R&D Awards Finalists Announced
Posted: January 19, 2011
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Croda Europe Ltd., for its Solaveil SpeXtra inorganic UV absorber: This inorganic UV filter is based on titanium dioxide and enables the production of high SPF sunscreen products that meet the European Commission’s 1/3 UVA protection factor guidelines. While other sunscreens have been produced that meet these guidelines, they are based on cocktails of ingredients that are sometimes unsuitable for sensitive skin, and whose SPF performance is often limited. Solaveil SpeXtra is a single, natural, photostable technology developed via a new thermal process for treating inorganic particles to ensure that exact particle sizes are achieved to block UVA radiation while maintaining SPF performance.
In the Most Creative Application category, the finalists are:
Immanence Integral Dermo-Correction (IDC), for its Ultim-Age mature skin care: This product is designed for mature skin and simultaneously addresses all the major known molecular events involved in skin aging. These mechanisms include: hydration, barrier function, oxidation, DNA damage and repair, energy production, oxygenation, immunity, pigmentation, keratinization, skin cohesion, protein modification, cell anchoring, glycation, extracellular matrix (ECM) turnover, ECM integrity, inflammation and microcirculation. Ultim-Age successfully integrates 45 carefully selected, complimentary actives for a total of 70 activities, providing the highest concentration of actives (42% w/w) ever formulated into skin care.
Skin Health Technology, LLC, for its vitamin D UV activation sensors: This product addresses recent industry concern that the use of sunscreens may cause vitamin D deficiency. Since the most efficient way to replenish vitamin D levels is by exposure to sunlight, these sensors were developed to allow skin exposure to the minimum dosage of sunlight required for the body to produce vitamin D before signaling the user that it is time to apply sunscreen. This indicator is triggered well before a minimal erythemal dose is received; after just enough exposure has taken place, the sun graphic fades away and a visible letter D appears, indicating it is time to apply sunscreen.
Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, for its Tantasia natural self-tanner: This formula works with the user’s own melanin to develop a safe, long-lasting and natural tan. Acetyl tyrosine and Monk’s Pepper stimulate melanin synthesis, allowing the developing shade to mimic the user’s natural tanned color. The contribution of both ingredients activates a regular, even and persistent tan while simultaneously enhancing the natural protection factor of the skin against UV radiation. Further, wheat protein provides soothing, natural hydration while vegetable-sourced natural silicone imparts a silky feeling. This product is reportedly free from any after-scent, and has been sensitivity-tested for use on the body or face.