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DSM in Personal Care

Discover the True Hydration Artist!

Event details:

19 Mar 2018
End Date:
21 Mar 2018
Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center
In attendance:


Dry skin is an unmet consumer need in China, posing a great challenge for the industry. DSM researchers looked at dry skin & hydration of Chinese skin by using our recently developed, revolutionary skin hydration visualization technology. Along our journey in discovering the best solution for Chinese skin, DSM presents the true hydration artist!

Pass by at booth 1D15 and meet Dominik Imfeld, our Global Head of Claim Substantiation Scientist, who has participated in the discovery journey, and will be in the booth to share the experience and answer all your questions.

Visit DSM at the two speeches at New Technology Seminars:

Topic: Sensitive skin trends
Speaker: Anson Zhang, Regional Technical & Application Manager
Date: March 19, 2018
Time: 11:30 – 12:30

Abstract: Consumers expect their cosmetic products to take care of their skin in a very gentle way. Ingredients dedicated to sensitive skin conditions or soothing characteristics with a high level of innovation are very well perceived in countries such as Asia. Having this in mind, DSM scientists took a closer look at mechanisms of sensitive skin and found solutions that meet the requirements of customers and are suitable to incorporate into facial and body care products. Be inspired by our solutions and discover the secret of two creative ingredients PENTAVITIN® & STIMU-TEX® AS.

Topic: Visualization of facial skin hydration by a Novel Color Mapping Approach
Speaker: Dominik Imfeld, Global Head of Claim Substantiation Scientist
Date: March 20, 2018
Time: 13:00 – 14:00

Abstract: (co-author: Rainer Voegeli) Although the cosmetic market offers plenty of moisturizing products, the consumers’ need is not completely met as more than 50% of them are still affected by dry skin. Obviously single point measurements are not sufficient to describe the complexity of facial skin hydration. Thus, our aim was to use facial maps enabling a continuous visualization of skin hydration.

The approach was to measure skin hydration of different ethnic groups on 30 pre-defined sites of the face and to take 2D and 3D digital images before and after use of a moisturizer. An algorithm was developed to link the bio-instrumental data precisely to the corresponding facial positions. Between each measuring site the data is interpolated to obtain a value for all pixels of the image. Red/blue color maps, representing the measured data, were generated to continuously display facial skin hydration.

This approach to imaging the data allows a better description and interpretation of the regional differences on the face. We demonstrated an immense complexity of the hydration properties of facial skin on all ethnicities studied. The images revealed not only subtle differences on different areas of the face and distinctive gradients in the different ethnic groups, but also the diverse impact of a moisturizer. This work may support our understanding of the unique but complex properties of apparently ‘normal’ facial skin. It helps in understanding how to improve facial moisturization in order to support the unmet global consumer need through targeted solutions.