Chemically, bioactive glass is an amorphous structure (like all glasses) that consists solely of elements found in the body - silicon, calcium, sodium, phosphorous and oxygen. Decades of research and studies have demonstrated that bioactive glasses are highly biocompatible. For cosmetics and cosmeceutical products, the unique biocompatibility of bioactive glasses translates to absolute skin compatibility, as has been demonstrated repeatedly in several long- and short-term human skin patch tests.
When activated with water, bioactive glass releases the ions of its composition as they possess a high bioavailability. These form a mineral matrix on the particle surface equivalent to that of natural hydroxy apatite.
Due to the mineral and inorganic character of SCHOTT Vitryxx® bioactive glass, this class of anti-aging ingredient is insensitive to light and temperature extremes.
In recent years, bioactive glass has been discovered to exhibit the following properties within cosmeceutical products:
1. Reduces redness on the skin
In cosmeceutical products, tests have shown, e.g., reduction of redness induced by UV treatment or chemical skin barrier damage.
2. Reduces visibility of wrinkles
Fast optical in-vivo topometry of human skin shows a significant reduction in visibility of wrinkle length and depth within a short period of time when using bioactive glass within cosmeceutical products.
As a new class of anti-aging ingredients, Bioactive Glass in the form of finely grained powder shows clear anti-oxidative effects in in-vitro protein-carbonyl-assay and other test settings.
4. Mineral enrichment
The mineral enrichment effect of bioactive glass is triggered by small amounts of water. This leads to the release of minerals, mainly calcium and silica, which can bind to nails.
SCHOTT Vitryxx® is an excellent anti-aging ingredient for cosmeceutical products (such as skincare and post-procedure care) as well as microdermabrasion purposes.
As of today, a broad range of cosmeceutical products have been successfully formulated with SCHOTT Vitryxx®. These include:
SCHOTT Vitryxx® Bioactive Glass Technology
Features / Specifications
Vitryxx®M Bioactive Glass/Mica
Pre-blending of SCHOTT Vitryxx® with Mica improves its dispersibility and enhances the appearance of the formulation. It is ideal for formulations like emulsions, liquids and low-viscous formulations.
SÖFW - International Journal for Applied Science (4-2005) SÖFW - International Journal for Applied Science (9-2003) SCHOTT Vitryxx® Bioactive Glass Material Data SCHOTT Vitryxx® Bioactive Glass in Nail Care SCHOTT Vitryxx® Bioactive Glass for Skin Care SCHOTT Vitryxx® Bioactive Glass Summary of Test Data