Berg + Schmidt launches a lipid-encapsulated format of Glabridin

Berg + Schmidt, an expert in functional raw materials and specialties from Hamburg, Germany, will present a novel range of whitening products at in-cosmetics Global, marketed as BergaBright SmartLipids.

A woman putting skin cream on her face With these innovations, Berg + Schmidt applies a patented process for the encapsulation of active ingredients or natural lighteners, such as glabridin. The BergaBright SmartLipids offer the advantage of high bioavailability and processability in cosmetics formulations.

Liquorice root extract for brighter skin

Glabridin is a natural active ingredient extracted from the liquorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra). It has a long history of traditional use and recently attracted considerable attention in the field of skin care. Even at low concentrations, Glabridin promotes an even complexion and lightens pigmentation spots quickly and effectively.

Its untreated form Glabridin powder has poor solubility, both in oil and water, and its industrial use is expensive because of its poor penetration. These challenges make Glabridin dependent on a carrier system in order to benefit fully from it lightening effects.

With the BergaBright SmartLipids Glabridin, Berg + Schmidt has developed a lipid-encapsulated format that ensures a high degree of bioavailability. This form enables the active substance to penetrate deeper into the skin and protects the glabridin against degradation over a long period.

High-tech carrier systems

Besides Glabridin, Berg + Schmidt offers other whitening agents that can be discovered at the company’s stand R30 at in-cosmetics Paris 2019. The South African agent for Berg + Schmidt is Afrisil.

BergaBright SmartLipids are high-tech carrier systems where the actual active ingredient is embedded in the lipid particles. The SmartLipids consist of a matrix of very diverse liquid and solid lipids, which protect the active substance against physical effects and prolong its stability. Through diffusion, the molecules of the substance leave their lipid matrix successively, unfolding their beneficial effects over a prolonged period. The lipid matrix itself increases the ability of the substance to penetrate the skin and reinforces the natural skin barrier. Since the lipids adhere well to the skin, they also help to prolong the release of the active substance.

On 2 April 10:30 to 11:00, Florence Olechowski, division manager cosmetics of Berg + Schmidt, will host a technical seminar on the optimised bioavailability of encapsulated glabridin and the industrial processing of the carrier systems in cosmetics formulations.