Understanding the Real Benefits of Biopolymers in Skincare Products
The science behind skin care is as deep and robust as the cosmetics themselves. Cosmetic chemistry utilizes cutting-edge science to continuously push for improved performance and sensory experiences in both color cosmetics and skin care products. One of these developments merges the natural properties of bio-based raw materials (plant-based materials, for instance) with the high-performance characteristics of synthetic polymers. To best exemplify how plant-based polymers are utilized in the cosmetics industry, we will look at our PERFORMA™ V biopolymers and disclose testing results that showcase their unique characteristics.
PERFORMA V-55 and PERFORMA V-150 biopolymers combine sustainable plant-based raw materials like Soybean oil (Glycine Soja) with high-performance safe-synthetic waxes. This blog will look at the advantages of using these additives and discuss a few applications that directly benefit from these biopolymers.
Biopolymers are defined as materials for which at least a portion of the polymer consists of material produced by or derived from renewable raw materials. Typically, these products are classified into two types, naturally occurring biopolymers derived from living organisms/plants (like, cellulose) and synthetic biopolymers that are produced from renewable resources but require polymerization (like, PLA- polylactic acid). NuCera’s PERFORMA V-55 and V-150 are plant-based synthetic biopolymers.
These particular biopolymers are the first products of their kind to combine the skin-conditioning and moisturization benefits of Glycine Soja with the nontacky, film-forming properties of synthetic wax. They provide a non-greasy, smooth skin-feel when compared with traditional petroleum-based products. As a result, PERFORMA V-55 and V-150 biopolymers are compatible with natural and synthetic cosmetic formulas and help to bring the performance of both systems together.
Plant-based oils are a rich source of essential omega-6 fatty acids which are known to protect and nourish the skin. By combining the sustainable plant-based properties with synthetic wax, we created a new and novel biopolymer that resulted in a new line of products with physical properties ranging from liquids to low melting solids.
Depending on the exact grade, this biopolymer may contain 50% to 100% biobased content with variable levels of polarity. By using up to 100% biobased content, these biopolymers are predominantly comprised of easily renewable materials. This creates a sustainable, green solution that competes head-to-head with traditional compounds. The benefits go beyond this. Biopolymers come with the following advantages:
PERFORMA™V biopolymers can be used in applications from lipsticks to hair serums. In anhydrous systems, they provide gloss even in very matte bases and help to prevent oil bleed in stick applications. In hair serum formulations, shine and smoothness are easily achieved on all hair types.
Additionally, PERFORMA™V biopolymers provide non-tacky, smoothness, softness, and moisturizing to the skin. With the blending of PERFORMA V biopolymer can replace petrolatum in lip care formulations.
Biopolymers like PERFORMA™V may be the right choice for your application. If you’d like to learn more, please contact us, and our representatives would be happy to answer any inquiries or questions.