“All the entries were whittled down to eight very-deserving finalists based on how well their ingredients combine science and product features in a way that demonstrates substantial benefits to manufacturers and end-users when compared with existing ingredients,” said Cathy Laporte, group marketing director for in-cosmetics.
A spokesperson for in-cosmetics told CosmeticsDesign-Europe.com that the large volume of submissions received means that Best Ingredient Award will also be a feature of the 2012 edition of the event.
Anti-ageing, whitening and moisturising ingredients
One of the ingredients up for the award is Pantrofina White, a whitening complex from Italian company Res Pharma that is based on rhus coriaria, an antioxidant-rich plant native to the Mediterranean.
According to Res Pharma, Pantrofina White modulates each of the phases of melanin synthesis, including inhibiting tyrosinase activity and inhibiting the transfer of melanin produced by melanocytes into epidermal keratinocytes.
Liposhield HEV Melanin from US-based Lipo Chemicals is an ingredient derived from a vegetable source that is designed to protect the skin from high energy visible (HEV) light, while allowing red visible light, which is considered beneficial, to be transmitted to the skin.
France-based Sophim will competing for the award with its emollient ingredient Organic Biophytosebum, which is composed of unsaponifiables, squalene and liquid wax-esters from organic olive oil.
Other ingredients up for the award include Biocellact Chamomilla BD, an anti-ageing ingredient from the Japanese cosmetics ingredients supplier Ichimaru Pharcos, and the Marrubium vulgare Stems G skin defense ingredient from Italian biotech company IRB.
Also making the shortlist are Silusyne from Lipotec, a peptide claimed to improve the appearance of cellulite, and Defensamide from NeoPharm, a natural amino-acid derived ingredient which is claimed to reinforce the skin’s natural barrier function.
The winner of the Best Ingredient Award will be announced during an awards ceremony after the show on 29 March.