Evonik launches skin-identical biotech-based vegan collagen ingredient

Evonik launches skin-identical biotech-based vegan collagen ingredient

The supplier of specialty chemicals has launched Vecollage Fortify L, a new vegan collagen for the beauty and personal care market that is identical to collagen in the skin.

Vecollage Fortify L [1] leverages Evonik’s competencies in biotechnology, collagen, and skin care to meet the demand for vegan collagen for applications such as anti-aging and hydrating creams.

Non-animal and sustainable collagen

Evonik said the launch of Vecollage Fortify L brings a step closer to generating a platform of non-animal and sustainable collagen. This platform will consist of several types of vegan collagen developed by Evonik and together with partners.

Vecollage Fortify L was developed in partnership with the company Modern Meadow Inc., which specializes in fermentation-based protein development.

Made using fermentation technology, the new ingredient thus meets increasing market demand for vegan collagen. “For decades, collagen has been a sought-after ingredient in cosmetics and dermatology for its ability to improve firmness, elasticity and hydration in the skin. Traditionally, collagen comes from animal and marine sources, but consumers are increasingly looking for ethical and sustainable alternatives, while brands are concerned about supply security issues,” explains Evonik in a statement.

Dual benefits to fortify collagen

Collagen is challenged by both intrinsic factors, like aging, and extrinsic factors, like sun exposure. Through in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo studies, Vecollage Fortify L is demonstrated to sustaining and reinforcing the skin’s collagen.

According to Evonik, it provides dual benefits to fortify collagen in the skin by preventing age-related degradation and stimulating the skin’s own collagen production.

The future of skincare is all about biotech-based collagen! Brand owners can now offer consumers sustainably sourced, skin-identical collagen,” said Yann d’Hervé, head of Evonik’s Care Solutions business line.


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