Aqualicia® BIO (INCI: Hydrolyzed Acacia Macrostachya Seed Extract, Maltodextrin), an active ingredient from Laboratoires Expanscience, is gaining popularity in the cosmetic industry due to its exceptional moisturizing properties and its ability to mimic the way the Acacia tree naturally manages water. The demand for biomimetic and sustainable ingredients in skin care is increasing among consumers, making Aqualicia® BIO a highly sought-after choice.
Aqualicia® BIO: Inspired by Acacia Tree's Water Management
The Acacia tree, a shrub native to Western Africa, grows in hot, dry environments. It is well known for its remarkable ability to manage water, even in arid environments. To survive and grow in these harsh conditions, the tree has evolved to develop a variety of mechanisms that allow it to efficiently capture, store and use water.
The Acacia tree's natural ability to manage water is what makes the ingredient extracted from its seeds, Aqualicia® BIO, a valuable active in cosmetics. This patented ingredient is rich in peptides and obtained by a bio-enzymatic process. It can mimic the tree's water management strategies, allowing it to revitalize water flows in the skin through a 3-1 action:
- Trapping water;
- Distributing water; and
- Limiting water loss.
Aqualicia® BIO: Proven Efficacy in Skin Hydration
Clinical studies have confirmed the effectiveness of Aqualicia® BIO, expected from in vitro and ex vitro test results. In a specific study, women with dry skin applied a cream containing 0.5% Aqualicia® BIO for 29 days, leading to significant improvements in several hydration parameters versus placebo cream, including:
- Pyrrolidone carboxylic acid (PCA);
- Natural moisturizing factors (NMF);
- Water content; and
- Corneal layer thickness.
These findings demonstrate the strong hydrating capabilities of Aqualicia® BIO and its ability to enhance skin hydration levels.
Aqualicia® BIO: Ethical Beauty Through Sustainable Sourcing
Sustainability is a key focus for the Laboratoires Expanscience and their sourcing of Aqualicia® BIO is a testimony to this. The company has established partnerships with various stakeholders in Burkina Faso, including local farmers and cooperatives (local union of artisan women (Gassan) and local consultant), to ensure the sustainable cultivation and harvesting of the ingredient. The company also supports the local communities by providing training and development programs to improve the livelihoods of the people in the region.
Aqualicia® BIO is not just any cosmetic ingredient, it is a sustainable and biomimetic active ingredient that has been COSMOS certified from an organic source.
Expanscience has implemented responsible actions in its Burkina Faso plant supply chain that are in line with the sustainable development goals defined by the United Nations to transform our world. The plant has implemented the following:
- The training of 106 women in good harvesting practices and 36 women in organic farming.
- Promoting the schooling of around 300 children per year since 2011 in Gassan.
- Preserving biodiversity by helping protect Acacia macrostachya, and by promoting the sowing of diverse plant species. More than 2010 sowings in 2017 (Eucalyptus, Baobab, etc.).
With the sourcing of Aqualicia® BIO, Expanscience contributes to 5 of the 17 sustainable development goals:
Aqualicia® BIO: Key Takeaways on this Sustainable and Effective Cosmetic Ingredient:
Aqualicia® BIO is a natural and sustainable cosmetic ingredient with exceptional hydrating properties. Its sustainable sourcing practices and community development programs further add to the appeal of this ingredient. As the demand for natural and sustainable cosmetic ingredients continues to grow, Aqualicia® BIO is likely to remain a popular choice among formulators and consumers alike.
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