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On January 7, the National Health Commission formally approved the request for sodium hyaluronate as a new food raw material, which set off a wave of innovation in the domestic functional food and beverage industry for a while, and a large number of new applications of sodium hyaluronate, the main "moisturizing and hydrating" One after another, sodium hyaluronate has become a raw material for "net celebrities".
However, the Food Research Institute found that in Japan, where the functional food market is extremely developed, a total of 72 functional foods that claim to "help skin moisturize and hydrate" were approved last year. However, only Coca-Cola launched the tour that uses hyaluronic acid/sodium hyaluronate. Moisture shield two products launched by Cha and Morishita Rendan. So what other moisturizing ingredients are being welcomed in foreign markets?
In 2020, a total of 27 functional foods with ceramide as the main functional ingredient were approved in Japan, mainly from three sources: pineapple, rice, and konjac.
Ceramide is a complex lipid formed by combining sphingosine base, fatty acid, sugar, etc. Human skin tissue consists of four layers: stratum corneum, granular layer, spinous layer, and basal layer. The main component of intercellular liposomes in the superficial stratum corneum is ceramide, which accounts for about 40% of the intercellular liposomes, which is responsible for preventing skin moisture. Evaporate, protect the dermis from external damage, and promote collagen production. It is also an important cosmetic raw material along with collagen and hyaluronic acid. In addition, research on ceramides in antibacterial, immune, inhibiting cholesterol absorption, alleviating allergies, and brain health is also advancing.
Ceramide GOLD launched by AFC contains 1.2mg of pineapple-derived ceramide per serving.
The ceramide supplement launched by Sankyo Co., Ltd. is mainly composed of ceramide derived from konjac.
Q'Sai's oral beauty supplement is mainly made of rice-derived ceramide, and it also contains five plant ingredients including evening primrose seeds.
There have also been cases of ceramide application in China. WonderLab's sodium hyaluronate sandwich soft candy, in addition to adding Huaxi Bio's patented raw material HAPLEX®Plus sodium hyaluronate, also added ceramide and vitamin C.
In 2020, Japan has approved 18 functional foods that use astaxanthin as the main functional ingredient and claim to "help skin moisturize and hydrate".
The report shows that astaxanthin helps protect the skin from ultraviolet irritation, and protect the skin from dryness caused by ultraviolet radiation, and keep the skin moisturized. In a Japanese experiment, after 8 weeks of continuous use of astaxanthin, crow's feet wrinkles were significantly improved, the diameter of the spots was reduced, and the moisture of the cheek skin increased.
Sayyou Co., Ltd. once launched the "beauty and moisturizing agent" astaxanthin beauty capsules.
3. N-acetyl Glucosamine
In 2020, a total of 9 functional foods with N-acetylglucosamine as the main functional ingredient were approved. N-acetylglucosamine is an amino acid sugar synthesized by glucosamine 6-phosphate. In the living body, it is a component of complex sugars such as hyaluronic acid. It exists in the skin, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels, etc. It can promote the production of hyaluronic acid in the body, so it has a certain effect on skin moisturizing and cartilage health. .
Shiono Chemical's soft coffee, the main ingredient is N-acetylglucosamine.
In 2020, GABA was approved a total of 102 related functional foods. In addition to common functions such as sleep aid, blood pressure reduction, anti-fatigue, and blood sugar management, there are also 8 products that claim to "relieve dry skin". The latest research shows that GABA can prevent skin aging, maintain skin elasticity, and protect skin health.
GABA+S, launched by the Japan Institute of Preventive Medicine, contains 100mg GABA per serving.
5. Lactic acid bacteria
(1) Plant-based lactic acid bacteria K-1 (L. casei 327)
It has been reported that this strain has the function of keeping the skin moisturized and improving the function of laxative. In one trial, 54 female college students who felt dry skin took 100 mg of plant-based lactic acid bacteria K-1 or placebo in winter. After 6 weeks, the transdermal water evaporation of plant-based lactic acid bacteria K-1 group was suppressed. The skin condition and pimples are improved.
(2) Lactic acid bacteria Lactococcus lactis H61
Lactic acid bacteria Lactococcus lactis H61 is also a strain whose main function is skin moisturizing. Studies have shown that it helps to improve skin condition, delay aging, and reduce transdermal water evaporation.
6. Aloe extract
Aloe-derived 4-methyl-7 cholesteryl (ster)alkanol and cylindropineol are functional ingredients discovered by Morinaga Milk after more than 10 years of research. Research has shown that it can activate fibroblasts that produce collagen and hyaluronic acid. It makes the skin healthier. The functional components of aloe vera can be fully absorbed in the body and act on the deep cells of the skin.
Morinaga Milk Industry's moisturizing yogurt contains 4-methyl-7 cholesteryl (ster) alkanol and cyclopineapple alkanol from aloe vera.
Innovative moisturizing ingredients
1. Passion fruit seed extract
Passienol, a patented ingredient under Japan's Morinaga, is made from passion fruit seed extract and has excellent anti-aging effects. It also has multiple functions such as protecting blood vessels, improving sugar metabolism, improving skin relaxation, and keeping skin moisturized. In 2020, Morinaga declared eight functional foods with Passienol as the main ingredient.
2. Chlorogenic acid from coffee beans
Chlorogenic acid is a commonly used raw material for weight loss, but recent studies have found that it also has the function of increasing skin moisture and reducing dryness. An experiment found that a daily intake of 300 mg of chlorogenic acid derived from coffee beans for 8 weeks significantly increased the water content of the stratum corneum compared to the control group.
The SOFINA ip beverage launched by Kao Co., Ltd. uses chlorogenic acid from coffee beans.
3. Moon Peach Leaf Extract
Moon Peach is also called Yanshan Ginger. The active ingredients in Moon Peach leaves effectively inhibit the activity of collagenase that destroys collagen in the skin, increase collagen activity, help delay the premature aging of the skin caused by the loss of collagen, and increase the skin. Moisture.
Moon Peach Leaf Drink from Maruzen Pharmaceutical contains Moon Peach Leaf Extract.
As an important global oral beauty market, Japan has matured in terms of product form, market capacity and consumer awareness. It has maintained a high growth rate even during the epidemic. The Japanese oral beauty market is expected to reach 230 billion in 2020. The yen increased by 4.5% year-on-year. Consumers in my country also have a high degree of acceptance of oral beauty products. With the rise of popular ingredients such as collagen and hyaluronic acid, it is believed that more oral beauty ingredients and end products will be active in the Chinese market.