Givaudan launches ‘breakthrough’ LMW hyaluronic acid

Givaudan Active Beauty has taken the wraps off PrimalHyal 50 Life, which is the most sustainable low molecular weight hyaluronic acid within the Swiss cosmetic ingredient maker’s portfolio.

Leveraging strain engineering and precision fermentation, Givaudan says its production methods have been “revolutionised” to become more environmentally friendly, achieving a 91% reduction in environmental impact.

The reduction is based on a cradle-to-gate life cycle assessment carried out by an external firm in 2023 using specific Givaudan data. It follows the principles of the ISO 14 040 and 14 044 standards and the Environmental Footprint calculation method.

PrimalHyal 50 Life comprises significant improvements across various environmental parameters, including a 92% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, 95% reduced acidification and eutrophication of water,  90% less non-renewable energy usage and 75% water consumption.

In addition, PrimalHyal 50 Life offers skincare benefits, including deep skin penetration, up to 120 μm; stimulation of tight junctions, preventing TEWL; boosted skin hydration for up to 72 hours post-application; and reduction of skin roughness by 66% in one month.

It also offers perceivable benefits in terms of skin texture, firmness, and hydration, as noted by volunteers.

"Thanks to the outstanding work of our scientists in strain engineering, we have totally reinvented the production method for low molecular weight hyaluronic acid,” said R&D director Romain Reynaud.

“By directly obtaining the molecular weight of interest during the fermentation stage, we have drastically reduced our global footprint. This is a breakthrough achievement for the beauty industry as a whole,” he added.

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