Following innovation platforms on epigenetics and microbiome, BASF’s new research platform is focusing on extraction and processes
Following innovation platforms on epigenetics and microbiome, BASF has created a third research platform on extraction and processes that already produces results.
Experts from BASF’s R&D department for bio-actives in cooperation with experts from the University of Reims and their Technology Transfer Office SATT Nord have developed a new anti-ageing active ingredient. They have uncovered the benefits of flax seed oligosaccharides for the skin – that is, their unique capacity to act on tissue structure and prevent skin ageing.
Oligolin, a hydrolysed linseed extract concentrated in oligosaccharides harnesses the rejuvenating powers of flax, a crop cultivated for millennia because of its numerous health benefits.
BASF is a long-standing expert in obtaining extracts from plant material. For many years, the company’s specialists for bio-actives have been testing a broad range of plants to transfer their hidden power to human skin. To strengthen the existing expertise, BASF has decided to invest in an innovation platform for extraction and processes: “We aim at selecting the richest sources and precisely extracting the relevant molecules to enhance the efficacy of our active ingredients.
In an increasingly regulated environment, we consider this as a fantastic source of innovation”, said David Hérault, head of Global Research and Development for Bio-actives. “Investing in these sustainable processes already paid off: We created a collection of unique solutions that answer consumers’ quest for efficacy and growing awareness about how precious nature is. Oligolin is one of them.”
Oligolin enhances the build-up of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) that are part of the connective tissue, and inhibits the expression of hyaluronidase and heparanase. Stimulating epidermal cell differentiation, and epidermis thickness, Oligolin contributes to a better hydration of the skin. The dermal ground substance and fiber synthesis are boosted and the skin revitalised.
The efficacy of Oligolin was substantiated through in vitro and in vivo tests on the different skin compartments and on key biological targets linked to epidermis alteration and dermis depletion occurring with age. Applied at 1 percent, the active ingredient improved skin hydration by 11 percent after 28 days. Within the same period, it improved skin firmness by 14 percent.
Oligolin is manufactured from flaxseeds cultivated in France. This hundred percent renewable-based active ingredient without preservatives is Cosmos approved. Oligolin can be cold-processed at room temperature. Recommended for natural concepts, it is suitable for the use in cosmetic products such as rejuvenating face creams, moisturising and firming serum treatments, and multi-functional rejuvenating cures at every skin level.