05 Jun 2024

Biotechnology is changing the beauty standard as product formulations are being developed using unique ingredients that are bio identical. Biotech uses the latest processes based on potency, purity, performance that are redefining the beauty standard. They are more sustainable as compared to cultivated and petrochemical based ones.

When it comes to potency, less is more in skincare, especially when it is vitamin C and retinol. These ingredients were meant to be ideal for hyperpigmentation and skin brightening, however, when used in high concentration they lead to skin irritation and reactivity especially for those with dry or sensitive skin. Biotech ingredients like Naringenin, used to treat inflammaging is potent but is used in low concentration to give the same result as ascorbic acid or vitamin C that has a 20% concentration. Moreover, it has been observed that traditional skincare ingredients have broad spectrum effects while the new biotech ones are targeted and defined.

Biotech ingredients are 98% pure as compared to their organic counterparts because the former’s processes are aligned with the pharma industry rather than the cosmetic industry. Manufactured under controlled conditions, the developed ingredients are consistently of high quality, purity, precision, and reproducibility. They are not affected by seasonal changes, global warming, and extraction efficiencies.

Lastly, bioactive ingredients offer better performance as they are sustainable, pure, and of high quality. Today, scientists are using biotechnology to offer customised products for aging, skin, and hair using precision medicine-level processes. Thus, ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, and niacinamide are fast being replaced by bioactive ingredients that provide a personalised biological response with clinically improved performance.