With the active ingredient Gluco-Glycerol the Beiersdorf researchers developed another innovative and benchmark-setting skin care formula component. The ingredient stimulates the formation of new aquaporins thus improving their natural moisture network even in the deeper epidermal skin layers. Aquaporines are tiny water channels in the membranes of the epidermal skin cells that are highly permeable to water and provide the skin with a sufficient distribution of moisture. By stimulating the formation of new aquaporins the HYDRA IQ technology intelligently activates the natural moisture network of the skin and is particularly suited for the care of dry skin.
Q10 is a so-called coenzyme which is used for biochemical processes in the body. It can be taken up from cremes or from food. Furthermore, the body itself is able to produce it as well. Q10 is an essential constituent of the mitochondria, i.e. the cells’ powerhouses. This is where the respiratory chain takes place – one of the most important parts of energy metabolism for living beings. Coenzyme Q10 functions as a mediator in these processes by helping to break down nutrients and convert them into fresh energy. In 1998, researchers at Beiersdorf were the first to use Q10 as an active ingredient in skin care products for the mass market.
Eucerit is an emulsifier which is used to blend and stabilize two liquids which normally cannot be mixed with each other, for example water and oil, into a finely distributed mixture known as an emulsion. Using Eucerit, it was possible to create the world’s first stable water-in-oil emulsion. This discovery was like a revolution, because up to that time point ointments and cremes could only be manufactured on the basis of bees wax and vaseline which, in addition to other disadvantages including an unpleasant odor and a sticky consistency, also had a short shelf-life. Eucerit was the first water-in-oil emulsifier to be made available to industrial production in large quantities, and at reasonable prices.