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Firm up with Fermentation in your Skincare Routine

Fermentation-based skincare solutions offer a biotic boost for skin firmness and elasticity

Firm skin is an elusive thing. There are many causes to loss of skin firmness: the natural aging process, exposure to UV rays, stress, smoking, pollution and other environmental and lifestyle factors.

Published On: 01/07/21

If you’re a skincare product formulator, you’re up against the laws of gravity and time, plus the effects of the environment around you. It takes determined effort and significant research to come up with new, effective products that address signs of aging. Meanwhile, increasingly savvy consumers are on the lookout for proven scientific answers to their skincare queries.

That’s why pre-, pro- and postbiotics continue to trend. Already a standard in the vocabulary of the health and wellness industry, biotics are gaining traction as part of the anti-aging skincare category.

Add fermentation and transparency in the sourcing process and you’re golden. Phytofirm Biotic, a non-GMO probiotic-ferment by BASF, will get you there.

It’s all about the biotics

Pre-, pro-, postbiotic and fermented ingredients have a lot going for them. Scientists have studied biotics for decades finding a multitude of health and wellness benefits.

That may be why general sales of probiotic ingredients in the United States surpassed $426 million in 2019. According to a survey, 47 percent of U.S. women aged 18–44 who use beauty products already take oral probiotics.

Here’s another tidbit: of all the skincare products launched in Europe and the U.S. between December 2018 and November 2019, 28 percent contained fermented ingredients, and 54 percent of those products had an anti-aging claim.

Proudly pro-biotic

In today’s beauty market, transparency is right up there with efficacy in terms of importance. Scientists developed Phytofirm Biotic to meet those priorities and combat aging skin.

Derived from a bio-fermentation process using the well-known probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum, Phytofirm Biotic is traceably sourced from non-GMO soybean extract — a big feat considering 90 percent of the world’s soy production is genetically modified.

The fermentation process results in an ingredient rich in peptides and lactic acid, which are essential players in skin protection and rejuvenation. Lactic acid is a postbiotic known to accelerate cell renewal, reinforce the skin barrier, preserve moisturization and help enhance skin radiance.

Putting biotics to the test

Signs of aging occur as the epidermis thins over time and the dermal matrix becomes less elastic, less dense, and thinner, corresponding with reduced levels of collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are some of the most important elements of skin structure — terms consumers know to look for on skincare packaging.

A clinical study of Phytofirm Biotic’s efficacy, using in vitro and in vivo testing, demonstrated support of increased production of collagen I, collagen V and elastin. The study showed a range of improvements - most notably an increase in skin thickness, skin density and elastic recovery. Jawline skin elasticity improved by 65 percent.

HELLO youthful skin!

Take that, linear time! Phytofirm Biotic’s firming and elasticity benefits deliver youthful-looking skin from head to toe. Contact BASF Care Creations for help incorporating this ingredient into your next anti-aging skincare product. Ask for samples here.

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