Anti-pollution “second skin”

Silab develops FlimExel, a resistant, flexible, non-occlusive film against harmful pollutants, allergens and irritants

Protecting the skin from pollution has become an essential element to any skincare regime.

This is reflected in increasing consumer demand for products specifically addressing pollution protection, according to Cornelius, European distributor of ingredients for the personal care industry.

“It is not just the sun that consumers are looking to protect against, they are becoming increasingly aware of the damage other aspects of their lifestyle can have on their skin,” said Rachael Atwell, Business Development Manager at Cornelius.

It is not just the sun that consumers are looking to protect against.

“Many of us live in polluted environments and in some areas, pollution has reached such a high level that it directly affects our skin.”

“One of the major challenges in the personal care sector is to develop new ingredients and adapt formulation concepts to help protect the skin from pollution.”

Pollutants attack skin, generating free radicals and inflammation. Smoke and particulate matter pollution have been found to be damaging to skin directly. The long-term effects are wrinkles, premature ageing and dull skin tone.


Cosmetic actives manufacturing company, Silab, has created FlimExel, which creates a natural, protective and lifting film.

Through IBPN (Interpenetrating Biopolymer network) Technology, the multi-functional active provides a “second skin” against harmful pollutants, allergens and irritants. This “skin” takes the form of a resistant, flexible and non-occlusive film.

FlimExel is a natural biopolymer created by combining extracts from red algae and a South American shrub providing the excellence of natural protection.

Pollution has reached such a high level that it directly affects our skin.

The active comes in a 100% pure preservative-free powder format that can be added to a variety of skincare formulations including creams, emulsified gel, tissue masks, serum, liquid and powder foundations.

With its “second skin” and anti-ageing benefits, FlimExel is recommended for all face, body care and make-up products. The film smooths the skin and visibly reduces wrinkles and with continued usage, complexion radiance is also restored.

When incorporated into foundation, FlimExel creates a lifting sensation, along with the added benefit of making foundation last significantly longer.

It can be used in advanced moisturising, anti-ageing and anti-pollution applications.