A new anti-ageing active ingredient from flaxseed has been developed by German chemical producer BASF’s R&D department for bio-actives, together with the University of Reims and its Technology Transfer Office SATT Nord.

According to a BASF statement on 4 April, Oligolin – a hydrolysed linseed extract concentrated in oligosaccharides – is manufactured from French flaxseed and has received approval according to the COSMOS standard for organic and natural cosmetics.

Oligolin was a 100% renewable active ingredient that could be cold-processed at room temperature and was suitable for use in cosmetic products such as rejuvenating face creams, moisturising and firming serum treatments and multifunctional rejuvenating cures, the company said.

“We aim at selecting the richest sources and precisely extracting the relevant molecules to enhance the efficacy of our active ingredients,” said David Hérault, head of global R&D for bio-actives at BASF. “In an increasingly regulated environment, we consider this as a fantastic source of innovation.

“Investing in these sustainable processes already paid off. We created a collection of unique solutions that answer consumers’ quest for efficacy and growing awareness about how precious nature is. Oligolin is one of them,” he added.

Describing Oligolin’s effects, BASF said it enhanced the build-up of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) that were part of the connective tissue and inhibited the expression of the hyaluronidase and heparanase enzymes.

Oligolin contributed to skin hydration, BASF claimed, citing clinical studies both in vitro and in vivo on different skin compartments and on key biological targets linked to epidermis alteration and dermis depletion occurring with age.

BASF’s Care Chemicals division is a leading global supplier for the cosmetics industry as well as the detergents and cleaner industries.

BASF generated sales of about €58bn (US$63.3bn) in 2016 across all its businesses.