Ashland launches its water-free Blumilight P biofunctional

Powder version of anti-blue light stress active ingredient can be used in colour cosmetics

Ashland’s active ingredient Blumilight biofunctional is now available in powder form under the trade name Blumilight P biofunctional.

Launched in 2016, the original ingredient was introduced to the market to help prevent blue light stress and reduce digital ageing.

Blumilight P biofunctional boasts additional sustainability credentials as no water and no solvents are used in its production. It is also COSMOS-validated.

The new powder format answers the needs of formulators making colour cosmetics, as Karine Deruddre, Ashland’s Global Skin Care Applications Manager, noted: “Blumilight P is a pink powder, readily soluble in cold water that intends to be effective at very low concentrations. It’s best suited to waterless formulations and colour cosmetics, such as eyeshadows or free and pressed powders.”

“Whether it’s attending Zoom meetings, doing our shopping online, or bingeing on box sets, one constant is true: we’re spending a lot more time on our digital devices than we used to,” added Anne Clay, Ashland’s Global Marketing Manager.

“And while they’ve helped us navigate the logistics of work, school and social life during Covid-19, the effects of constant blue light exposure can be a cause of concern, especially when it comes to our skin beauty.

“According to Eyesafe, there has been a 60% increase in TV and game console media use and 14% increase in mobile and work-related devices, with the average adult now spending over 13 hours a day on devices in the US.”

Composed of polyphenols, peptides and oligosaccharides extracted from non-fermented cocoa beans from the rare, premium cocoa variety Criollo porcelana, Blumilight biofunctional reduces oxidative stress, helps limit the damage caused by blue light stress on light photoreceptors in the skin and helps increase the skin elastin fibres network.

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