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Gelest to launch new silicon-based sunscreen ingredient

21-Feb-2013
Last updated the 21-Feb-2013 at 17:37 GMT

Ingredients provider Gelest is launching a silicone-based line of DiEthicones for sunscreen, foundation, mascara and lip products aimed at providing greater formulation compatibility.

The new ingredient is said to provide a viable alternative to DiMethicones, with an emphasis on providing broader organic compatibility and what the company terms ‘superior wetting of inorganic pigments’.

The DiEthicones line also aims to provide excellent spreading, gas permeability, water resistance, lubricity, and ability to reduce tackiness, the company claims

Increased compatibility and dispersion of coated pigments

In particular the ingredient targets the increased compatibility and dispersion of coated pigments, enabling them to disperse more readily in organic delivery systems and formulation, when combined with cosmetic raw materials such as hydrocarbons, esters, waxes and other surfactants.

DiMethicone is a silicone oil commonly used in a variety of cosmetic formulations as a surfactant and an active ingredient, mainly in hair care products as a means of making hair shinier and smoother or as a moisturizer in skin care products.

The DiEthicones ingredient line launched by Gelest aims to build on this by providing increased functionality and flexibility to a wide range of formulation experts.

Gelest at in-cosmetics for the first time

Pennsylvania-based Gelest says it will be exhibiting at the forthcoming in-cosmetics event in Paris next month, which will be the company’s first involvement at the show.

The event takes place at the Port de Versailles exhibition center in Paris between April 15 – 18, and the company says that it will be showcasing its latest ingredients technology at its stand, number L160.

Gelest specializes in the manufacture of silane, silicone and metal-organic materials and has technological capabilities that are focused on to surface-modify pigments and specialty substrates.

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