ILLUMINYL 388™ potent skin brightening prebiotic targets inclusivity

Givaudan Active beauty introduces a new powerful, holistic illuminating active with proven universal efficacy

Illuminyl™ 388 is a biotech-enhanced molecule designed through cell-free glycosylation to tackle the challenges of skin pigmentation across all skin types. Crafted through a unique biocatalysis process from EGCG [1], green tea’s most iconic antioxidant, this ingenious brightening molecule delivers a holistic luminous effect.

Central to Illuminyl™ 388 is a commitment to inclusivity in skincare innovation. This bio-based active has been designed to simultaneously target multiple skin pigmentation pathways and is reinforced by additional prebiotic activity to cater for the needs of diverse skin types from Africa, Asia, India, and Europe.

Givaudan Active Beauty conducted in-depth and global clinical studies, engaging over 200 volunteers representing four diverse skin tones: African, Asian, Indian, and Caucasian. These studies established that Illuminyl™ 388 is able to:

  • Improve skin radiance in just 2 weeks
  • Enhance skin tone and luminosity in just 2 weeks
  • Reduce pigmentation spots in just 1 month
  • Enhance skin tone homogeneity, even tackling stubborn age spots

On the clinical studies of four different skin types, Daniel Auriol, Scientific Director Biotechnology, Active Beauty emphasizes that they underline the universal efficacy of this skin illuminating active and says: “Givaudan Active Beauty continues to push the boundaries of innovation with Illuminyl™ 388: we are not only targeting all the major pigmentation pathways but we also trigger the skin microbiota to produce whitening postbiotics. Whether it’s improving skin radiance and luminosity, promoting even skin tone, or reducing pigmentation spots, Illuminyl™ 388 outperforms traditional benchmarks such as vitamin C. It is a testament to our commitment to redefining beauty standards and empowering individuals worldwide.”

Illuminyl™ 388 has a unique bioavailability penetrating deeply into the skin. Its sugar moiety enables its absorption via cellular glucose receptors, while conferring on the molecule a prebiotic activity which stimulates the in-situ release of a niacin-derivative by the skin microflora.

Achieving a B-Biome™ Score [2] of ’B’, this brightening active works in synergy with the microbiome to preserve the general balance of the skin’s microbiota.

Contact us to learn more about Illuminyl 388 and its marketing concept, S3D® Lumière Noire.

[1] EpiGalloCatechin Gallate
[2] The first scientifically proven, 100% transparent and microbiome-friendly label for cosmetic ingredients.

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