DSM’s Personal Care Business Unit provides ingredients and innovative solutions for some of the world’s best-selling beauty products. Its scientific backbone, combined with local consumer insights, results in innovative and transformational ingredients and concepts that help to build brands and benefit the end consumer. The extensive portfolio includes key ingredients, such as peptides, natural bio-actives, UV filters and vitamins and is complemented by a range of services in the areas of quality assurance, technical support and regulatory as well as many others.
All the creativity and solutions-based thinking is dedicated to inspiring customers worldwide, allowing DSM Personal Care to create together a brighter, more beautiful world for people today and for generations to come.
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DSM Personal Care – An Introduction
When you are a business to business company (B2B) it can be difficult to explain exactly what your work is to the end user; people that benefit from your results, but do not even know that it comes from you. We created the video “DSM Personal Care – An introduction” to create something tangible and transparent for anyone who looks at us. By creating a simple but effective story, we want to show how close we are in everyone’s daily lives and how we support our customers in creating products that really matter.
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The DSM House of Naturals - A guide to DSM’s natural, organic and sustainable beauty ingredients
With more and more consumers adopting healthier lifestyles, natural beauty products are becoming an integral part of caring for their appearance, overall wellbeing and the environment. As a consequence, natural ingredients and green credentials became a priority for many facial skincare users. With technology providing instant access to information beyond the product label, consumer demands for more transparency on green claims, ingredients, and processes will continue to rise. Clear, easy-to-understand definitions of terms such as “natural” and “organic” would go a long way towards meeting their expectations. Building on this, DSM has summarized an overview of all its naturals in the DSM House of Naturals a portfolio of 55 ingredients that are of natural origin , verified natural , or certified organic . This range represents more than 60% of the entire DSM Portfolio and is followed by a simple 3-icon system with clear definitions fully in line with DSM’s long-term commitment to providing transparent facts. This House of Naturals navigation aid offers our customers transparency as to the degree of naturalness of our ingredients and production processes.
Creating the spark in the world of vitamins
The demand for vitamins is greater than ever, with one in every two personal care products containing a vitamin. Right now, no other ingredient category inspires such awareness and feelings of trust among consumers as vitamins. DSM will be sharing exciting new scientific discoveries that underline our commitment to our role as pioneers in vitamins, and key insights on what consumers really want. Plus we’ll be showing how vitamins have a key role to play in meeting current and future trends, such as NIACINAMIDE PC . Recent proprietary research by DSM revealed that it could prove a powerful ally in the latest challenges facing the beauty industry: environmental pollution and ubiquitous blue light.
The skin microbiome – a new hot topic
At DSM, we see maintaining balance in the skin microbiome as an integral part of epidermal care. This is because the epidermis both provides the environment in which microbes thrive and acts as a barrier, protecting the body against bacterial infiltration. A strong epidermal barrier and balanced skin microbiome are both needed to restore, strengthen and preserve healthy skin. DSM Microbiome Beauty Approach is underpinned by two well-established ingredients that support the skin microbiome. SYN-UP™ improves skin barrier resilience by down-regulating bacteria activity and its induced protease activity in the skin. PENTAVITIN balances microbial activity in the scalp barrier, reducing dryness and irritation. This concept is supported by two ready-to-use formulations.
BEL-EVEN® - Future-Proof your skin against the effects of daily stress
Stress triggers cortisol release in the skin. Small amounts of cortisol helps handle stress, but excessive amounts of cortisol can damage the skin, causing unwanted visible signs of ageing like lines and wrinkles, less elasticity, and reduced barrier functionality. Watch the video and be inspired by BEL-EVEN® a patented synthetic small molecule, developed for skin care applications by using a rational design approach. This active ingredient helps counteract the damaging effects of stress on skin. BEL-EVEN® selectively inhibits the enzyme 11β-HSD1, particularly in keratinocytes, but also in fibroblasts, leading to rebalanced cortisol levels. It locally rebalances the negative, long-term effects of stress on skin and visibly reduces signs of a stressful lifestyle.
DSM’s heritage PARSOL® brand was set to expand
We’re committed to broadening horizons in the sun care industry, and with two brand new UV filters - PARSOL® Max and PARSOL® Shield- and our ambitious investment in PARSOL® products generally, we aim to revolutionize sun care. The photostable UV-filter PARSOL® Max offers the broadest protection currently available that breaks through the boundaries of UVB and UVA to continue into the blue light spectrum.
With PARSOL® Shield a little goes a long way! This photostable broad-spectrum filter efficiently boosts UVB and UVA protection across the full range of application forms at low concentrations. It demonstrates excellent compatibility with both organic and inorganic UV filters and is readily compatible with other PARSOL® products , in particular.
Taking total protection into the blue
Consumers are exposed to blue light every day, whether from the sun or electronic devices. Blue light penetrates deep into the skin and has the ability to damage all skin layers. Knowing consumers are looking for solutions that offer day-long total protection without affecting their activities, DSM is taking total protection to the next level – into the blue. The result is two effective formulations based on cutting edge technology: UV filter(s) such as the newly introduced PARSOL® Max which extends UV protection in the blue wavelength range, selected vitamins such as Niacinamide PC counteract oxidative stress, and a new microalgal bioactive called PEPHA®-AGE stimulates skin’s own defense – all backed by strong claim substantiation.
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Maintaining Beauty in Times of Stress
All over the world, people are increasingly concerned about the effects of stress on their health and appearance. Consumers are looking for ways to effortlessly streamline their beauty regime into their busy lifestyle, leaving them more time to relax and re-energize.
As an industry, we are called on to provide effective personal care ingredients and products that save precious time while ensuring that the needs of skin and hair for care and protection are being met – even when they are exposed to psychological and external stresses.
DSM’s NO-STRESS ingredients are designed to support consumers looking to ease their stress, whether at home or on the go. Besides effective skin care ingredients it includes novel hair care formulations to ease people’s stress in their daily routine and on trend sun care formulations designed to appeal to fast-living Millennials , a hitherto overlooked target market. More information
Firming and remodeling by hyaluronan from within
One of the current most sought-after non-surgical procedures worldwide is cosmetic contouring, i.e. the dermal filler.
Of the types of filler currently available, the most widely used is hyaluronic acid (HA). Moreover, because of their natural-looking and reversible results, HA fillers are now the fastest growing non-invasive cosmetic treatment in the US. 50% of the body’s HA is in the skin, where it plays a key role in skin structuring. With age, HA in the dermis decreases, causing facial skin to lose volume in key areas, including the cheeks, under the eyes, the jawline and around the mouth. HA fillers counter this process by plumping up these areas and firming the skin.
With SYN®-HYCAN a patented cosmetic tripeptide, there is a new solution available for an injection-free way proven to boost skin’s own renewal of hyaluronic acid, resulting in a visible remodeling effect and firmer, more moisturized skin. It significantly improves skin firmness across multiple facial areas and delivers consumer-perceivable increases in skin suppleness, smoothness, and moisture. More information
BEAUACTIVE®: Corrects both conspicuous facial pores and age spots
Most people looking for beautiful skin think first of eliminating lines and wrinkles. But other concerns, such as conspicuous facial pores and age spots, may be equally troubling. These arise after the age of 30 and are mainly caused by the aging process, exacerbated by sun damage. DSM is addressing these concerns with BEAUACTIVE®, a potent Hydroxystearic acid of high purity which is manufactured using green technology.
DSM researchers discovered that, in vitro, BEAUACTIVE® activates the master cell regulator PPARα which triggers multi-target effects for better skin. Upon UVB stress BEAUACTIVE® hinders the production of both sunburn cells and the stress marker p53 which can increase skin pigmentation.
BEAUACTIVE® also helps the skin to make more collagen, a key structural factor in the prevention of conspicuous facial pores. In vivo studies have confirmed the outstanding efficacy of BEAUACTIVE® which results in a visible reduction of conspicuous facial pores and age spots, giving skin a younger, improved appearance after the age of 30.
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PEPHA®-AGE : Stimulates skin’s own defense against sunlight
Sun irritation is considered as being potentially the largest contributor to skin ageing. The need of using sun filters (PARSOL®) is generally accepted, however there is still a lack of attention on biological processes ongoing in skin after light exposure that goes beyond UV light only. At the same time there is increasing demand for natural, sustainable ingredients with proven performance.
Specialized in the development and manufacturing of active ingredients from natural origin, DSM researchers have identified, for the first time, the potential of the freshwater algae Scenedesmus rubecens to stimulate skin’s own defense against the negative impact of sunlight.
Extended studies on Collagen III, free radicals and epidermal cell protection confirmed outstanding protection and regeneration of Scenedesmus rubecens against the effects caused by UV and blue light.
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AMPHISOL® K : Revealing the power of robust emulsification
AMPHISOL® K became the gold standard for formulation types difficult to stabilize. Being well established as signature emulsifier for sunscreens and convinced with compelling emulsification power in other applications as well. AMPHISOL® K provides highest flexibility for various application forms such as from creme to sprays or over a broad pH-range. This emulsifier is proven for thermal and long-term stability. For the first time, DSM has visualized the mechanism of action of AMPHISOL® K in a video. Do not miss it – click here to watch it!
ALPAFLOR® EDELWEISS: Discover a new level of protection for an ultimate skin sensation
ALPAFLOR® EDELWEISS rebalances UV-induced stress markers to normal levels and enhances the skin’s resistance to external stress factors: All of which helps preserve the natural balance of the skin for an ultimate sensation. Exposure to strong UV radiation and extreme temperatures in its mountain habitat have combined to make the Edelweiss flower an expert in self-preservation. So at DSM we decided to use our bright science to optimize the cosmetic performance of Edelweiss even further by creating a new variety called Leontopodium alpinum ‘Helvetia’- which forms the basis of our ALPAFLOR® EDELWEISS extracts. ALPAFLOR® EDELWEISS stimulates key genes and proteins in the cornified envelope for optimal skin protection. Read more
TILAMAR®: Dare to change your hair routine with our new TILAMAR® conditioning polymers.
Why wait for a change? Dare to be different as fortune favors the brave. After all, your new look becomes your new outlook, so go on, do it! Hair is very emotional as it delivers a quick and effective way of saying who you personally are to the outside world. A proprietary DSM Consumer Insights study revealed that most of the people are imprisoned by a routine in hair care. However, people also want to feel a sense of freedom and therefore use their products to regain some level of experimentation and balance.
The DSM solution brings the right balance between routine and freedom: Dare to change your hair routine with our new TILAMAR® polymer range & formulation concepts. Read more about our new members: TILAMAR® Quat 710, 711, 712; TILAMAR® Quat 641 and TILAMAR® Quat 2241!
VALVANCE™: Instantly glimmer
In a fast-paced world, consumers expect that everything goes quick and perfect.
And cosmetic products are no exception: 66% of consumers judge important to have an immediate effect on the appearance of their skin (DSM survey conducted with 468 consumers).
Cosmetics have to deliver instant effects and strong benefits to consumers while offering pleasant textures and maximized comfort.
For Personal Care companies proposing such products is the guaranty to boost consumers’ loyalty in matching their promise with what their formulations really deliver.
DSM is entering the field of color cosmetics with its newcomer in the VALVANCE™ range: VALVANCE™ Touch 250. VALVANCE™ Touch 250 offers multiple consumer benefits in lipstick formulation, blush and foundation. Read more to discover our full range
SYN-UP™: Boost the skin’s resilience for confidence in great looking skin
Today we know that skin resilience is all-important. Skin with high resilience offers new opportunities to act sustainably against dry skin conditions. The epidermis has a key function in skin resilience and DSM research has shown that urokinase and plasmin, two serine proteases in the epidermis, play a crucial role in the development of good skin resilience. DSM therefore designed SYN-UP™, a unique patented synthetic peptide derivative, to restore the skin’s youthful resilience to dry skin conditions. SYN-UP™ has a great capacity to rebalance urokinase and plasmin. It provides a perceivable defense against dry skin conditions and unpleasant sensations, meaning consumers can have confidence in achieving great looking skin. Read more