beauty & personal care
When Beauty mimics Nature
Biomimetics is the practice of drawing inspiration from over 3.8 billion years of evolution and imitating its life forms processes, and concepts for long-term sustainability.
In response to growing consumer awareness surrounding health and environment issues, biomimetic ingredients that are perceived to be safer and with a better bioavailability to restore skin and hair health while being sustainable are gaining momentum in cosmetic product development.
There are three main approaches to the use of biomimetics in beauty products:
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"I see a bright future for photoprotection using biomimetics molecules, to protect the human skin and the environment as well. "
Laurent Blasco , Global Technical Director
Rachael Polowyj, Key Account Manager, Maud Chapis, Global Marketing Communication Manager and Laurent Blasco, Global Technical Director discussed the scientific principles behind biomimetics and highlight consumer perception and market illustrations around this trend.
Listen to the innovative and sustainable ways the living world inspires the world of cosmetics.
imcd biomimetic solution
The nature-inspired body lotion
A lamellar emulsion mimicking the structure of the skin surface, providing skin barrier enhancement and water-holding properties.
Developed by our team of technical experts in our Skin Care Center of Excellence located in Paris, the nature-inspired body lotion was formulated featuring 3 key biomimetic active ingredients:
A skin identical active phospholipid obtained by enzymatic degradation of soybean lecithin. It promotes the development of healthy epidermis by stimulating cell differentiation and endogenous pathways for a balanced skin barrier.
An EGF-like* skin care active that fights fine lines, saggy skin and stretch marks by stimulating keratinocyte proliferation and migration. It induces collagen synthesis while improving skin firmness and elasticity.
*EGF: Epidermal Growth Factor
A 100% natural moisturiser and humectant made with components naturally present in the skin in the Natural Moisturising Factor. It provides faster and long-lasting moisturisation.
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"It is fascinating to see how biomimetics solutions can help to compensate altered skin biological mechanisms or weakened endogenous functions."
Carmen Gutierrez, Global Active Ingredient Specialist
Rachael Polowyj, Key Account Manager, Anne-Sophie Gardes, Regional Technical Director EMEA and Carmen Gutierrez, Global Active Ingredient Specialist unveil some of the cutting-edge biomimetic ingredients and explore how they are transforming the way we approach beauty.
Discover the secrets behind these remarkable ingredients and their potential to elevate your cosmetic routines.
Unlock the potential of biomimicry in beauty products
"What makes biomimicry truly remarkable is when a molecule can mimic the organization of the skin's environment to address specific skin concerns. In this case, the emulsifier becomes a crucial component within the formulation, delivering the desired benefits through its careful selection."
Anne-Sophie Gardes, Regional Technical Director EMEA
By mimicking the biological processes and structures found in our environment, biomimetic formulations aim to be more skin-friendly, both in terms of their composition and structure.
Discover the power of these cutting-edge solutions, from an impressive active and functional ingredients portfolio, alongside insights from our Regional Technical Director EMEA, Anne-Sophie Gardes.
Watch now the lab tutorial to formulate the nature-inspired body lotion and get ready to be inspired and captivated by the limitless possibilities of biomimetics in the beauty world.
Coming straight from our Beauty Studio, two kits including 3 formulas all custom-made from the same starting chassis and each offering unique benefits and sensorial profiles, while targeting biomimetics trend as one of the multiple personalisation criteria.
BIOMIMETIC KIT 1
Second skin primer
SKIN BARRIER PROTECT - MOISTURISING - SOOTHING
• Featuring skin barrier components-like: Sphingolipids (vegetal ceramides) and Phospholipids
Fresh cell energizer
FIRMNESS & ELASTICITY, ANTI WRINKLES
• Featuring skin cell nutrient-like: Vegetal complex of a glucide phosphate (Mannose-6-phospaste)
Shield & Rep'hair cream
• Featuring hair barrier component-like: Plant-derived ingredients that mimics the hair protective surface (F-layer) & the hair barrier structure
Youth revolution cream
• Featuring skin-like components' molecular structure: Association of ester of retinoic acid & natural vitamin E
Smoothing milky lotion
MOISTURISING, SKIN BARRIER PROTECT & REPAIR, SOOTHING
• Featuring skin-like molecules: Phytosterols (cholesterol-like molecules) & fatty acids
Skin matrix perfector
FIRMNESS & ELASTICITY
• EGF-like mechanism of action as it induces cell proliferation and migration
BIOMIMETIC KIT 2