Winners Announced for Cosmetics & Toiletries R&D Awards

Cosmetics & Toiletries is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 R&D Awards. Dow Corning Corp. will take home the Best New Ingredient award for Dow Corning EL-7040 Hydro Elastomer Blend, while Yves Saint Laurent Beaute—L'Oréal Luxe has won the Most Creative Application award for its Forever Youth Liberator Serum.

The winners were announced at the Awards Ceremony at in-cosmetics 2013 on Apr. 16, 2013. Jeff Falk, editor in chief of Cosmetics & Toiletries, presented the awards to the winners, remarking, “Cosmetics & Toiletries is committed to advancing applicable scientific knowledge and strives to build pathways from suppliers to manufacturers – for it is at this supplier/manufacturer junction where innovative ingredients and technologies are given life in the creative applications that become successful products. It is, therefore, our great pleasure to honor these innovators for both their creations and the excellence that elevates the industry as a whole.”

Dow Corning EL-7040 Hydro Elastomer Blend is a new elastomer that extends the versatility of silicone elastomer gels, well-known for the unique sensory and mattifying properties they provide in products like primers, by introducing a polar functionality into the elastomer gel. This results in new types of delivery systems for both oil-soluble and water-soluble actives with new textures and refreshing, smooth and powdery skin feel.

Glycobiology has emerged as a key topic of science, and YSL Beauté has applied this concept to skin. Glycans are found on the surface of cells and can "unlock" them, to ensure that regeneration messages are transmitted appropriately. Data suggests that depending on their composition, glycans could differentially modulate keratinocytes, melanocytes or fibroblasts. Forever Youth Liberator is thus formulated with a complex of active ingredients to “unlock” cells and release youth-promoting messages.

The R&D Awards honor ingredients for their innovative design and finished products for the novelty and craft of their formulation. The winners were chosen from five finalists for each of the awards. The finalists were chosen based on the ratings of ten international experts in the cosmetics industry, from a mix of manufacturers and universities. Ratings were based on significance to the industry and long-term impact.

Check back with for the winners of in-cosmetics' Lifetime Achievement Award and Innovation Zone Award.

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