Wacker unveils skin care and silicone wax ingredients
These biotech-derived ingredients form part of a growing portfolio of
highly technical ingredients that have been developed to provide
breakthrough solution for a range of skin care and hair care products.
as Cavamax, the a-cyclodectrin/linoleic acid complex has been developed
for skin care products and is thought to be one of the first times that
linoleic acid has been succesfully incorporporated into a cosmetic
This is because the substance oxidizes rapidly upon
contact with air and light, rendering it useless and giving it a rancid
smell, which made it extremely difficult to formulate, despite its
strong restorative properties.
However, Wacker has been able to
develop the ingredient by complexing the linoleic acid with
cyclodextrins stabilizers, which entrap the active properties in a
cavity, preventing it from oxidizing and going off.
This process, it
is claimed, also helps to alter the consistency of the ingredient,
producing an odourless powder that is simple to formulate, as opposed
to the more complicated oil-based formula.
The linoleic acid in
Cavamax is also said to provide retinol or tocopherol, which are
natural lipophillic antioxidants that prevent signs of ageing and can
restore skin damage caused by UV exposure, making it ideal for
anti-wrinkle products as well as a variety of sun screen and
Meanwhile the company is also introducing its
silicone waxes, developed for a wide spectrum of shampoo and
conditioner products. The two latest ingredients in this range include
CDM 3526 VP and high-melting CM 2026 VP.
Silicones have become an
increasingly important to part of cosmetics formulations in recent
years, playing in important part as texturing agents as well as
conditioners and dermal protection. In this particular instance the
ingredients have been developed for hair care products to provide added
texture, volume and conditioning properties to hair.
The company is
also introducing two new silicone elastomer gels. RG100 is a colourless
translucent gel with strong water and transfer resistance for a wide
range of skin care and cosmetic products, while RPG33 has similar
properties to RG100, but comes in a powder form, making it easier to
incorporate into products such as rouge or eyeshadow.
The latest additions to the Wacker portfolio were all presented at the recent In-Cosmetics show, held in Barcelona, Spain.