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DSM in Personal Care & Aroma Ingredients



Future-proof your skin from the effects of daily stress

Whether stemming from job-related issues, relationship conflicts, or simply facing a 24/7 lifestyle, stress has become a constant part of our daily lives. The human skin naturally responds to periods of stress with the formation of more cortisol through a particular enzyme; 11β-HSD1. This release of cortisol, the so-called stress hormone, is a normal and healthy adaptation reflex. However, cortisol can turn into an enemy of the skin if it remains in excess over a long period of time. Beyond practicing stress-coping techniques, there is a high consumer interest for cosmetic treatments that work to both help the skin deal with stress and reverse any negative effects such as skin thinning, loss of elasticity and barrier weakening in general.

With BEL-EVEN®, DSM has designed and patented a new cosmetic ingredient that inhibits in vitro 11β-HSD1. BEL-EVEN®, was specifically developed for skin care applications by using a rational design approach. It locally rebalances the negative, long-term effects of stress on skin and visibly reduces signs of a stressful lifestyle.