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Patent Pick: Lips Sealed with Improved Occlusion

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According to Glaxosmithkline inventors, there remains a need for cosmetically elegant compositions with improved levels of occlusivity, as compared with existing lipid mixtures. This was the focus of a recently submitted patent.

The object of this work was to provide a topical composition that minimizes trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) from skin, especially in lip care applications. Additionally, the topical composition aimed to be convenient, easily applied and cosmetically elegant.

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Novel occlusive compositions
U.S. Patent Application 20180311121
Publication date: Nov. 1, 2018
Assignee: Glaxosmithkline Consumer Healthcare Holdings

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Abstract: Described herein is a topical o/w emulsion with skin moisturizing, protecting, repairing or restoring benefits for the lipid barrier of the lips. More specifically, disclosed is an emulsion comprising: a) a discontinuous oil phase; b) a continuous aqueous phase including water; c) a thickening agent; and d) at least one lamellar membrane structure comprising an alkyl amphiphilic component, an ester of a branched fatty acid and a branched fatty alcohol, a fatty acid, a fatty alcohol, and optionally, a phospholipid. In use, the patented composition has a water vapor transmission rate of less than 65 g·m−2·hr−1 measured in vitro.

The compositions in this invention comprise at least one lamellar membrane structure. Generally this refers to a planar lipid bilayer sheet, or a slight curve around a droplet of oil. They may also exist as separate discrete lamellae in the bulk aqueous phase. This is in contrast to a rounded, formed liposomal structure.

In another embodiment, the respective lamellar membrane structures form two or more stacked lamellar membrane structures, sometimes referenced as a liquid crystal. Two lamellar membrane structures stacked together, one on top of the other, is known as a double lamellar membrane structure.

Patent application accessed on April 15, 2019.

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