soothing sensitive skin

SOOTHING Actives - Relieve and Calm Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is one of the most common disturbing skin conditions having a high impact on quality of life. According to Symrise Consumer and Market Insight data, a large and increasing number of consumers state to have sensitive skin with a big share considering it as a persistent condition. Our data reveal that 75% of consumers even think that recurring or persistent irritation is making their skin age faster. As first perceptions of skin sensitivity the people concerned identify a dryness of skin, an itching sensation, the appearance of pimples and redness, a dull complexion, and burning/stinging sensation. To counteract the unpleasant appearance and feelings of sensitive skin our soothing solutions concentrate on the maintenance of a skin state that feels and looks comfortably balanced and healthy. With our long-standing expertise in the development of efficient strategies to soothe sensitive skin instantly and effectively also in the long term, we have explored the main underlying mechanisms involved in order to create the most suitable solutions.


BARRIER STRENGTHENING – Reinforce & Maintain Skin Barrier Integrity


The most important function of the epidermal barrier is to protect the body against uncontrolled water loss, physical effects like mechanical stress, heat and radiation, the penetration of harmful substances and chemical damages. Skin barrier impairment leads to a deficiency in structural integrity and key stratum corneum lipids like ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol. As a consequence, the penetration of irritants and other harmful substances into the skin and the transepidermal water loss out of the skin are increased. Thus, one key element for efficient skin soothing is the reconstitution of the barrier in the stratum corneum.


SymRebootTM L19 – Restoring Skin's Instinctive Defenses

INCI: Maltodextrin, Lactobacillus Ferment

  • Patented technology
  • A unique Lactobacillus strain
  • True biotics technology: A unique processing technology capable of preserving the structure of bacteria’s cell wall
  • Full probiotics benefits although the lactobacilli are no longer living
  • Quickly restores the barrier integrity by up-regulation of filaggrin (ex-vivo)
  • Protects against moisture loss by barrier strengthening (in-vivo)
  • Protects and improves visibly dry skin (in-vivo)
  • Regulating skin microbiota pathways (in-vitro)
  • Soothing by down-regulation of redness signals (in-vitro)
  • Beige to light yellow powder, characteristic odor
  • Dispersible in all solvents
  • Food grade - suitable for oral care
  • COSMOS/Ecocert approved
  • China compliant


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SymRepair® 100 – Quick Recovery Complex

INCI: Hexyldecanol, Bisabolol, Cetylhydroxyproline Palmitamide, Stearic Acid, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols 

  • Patented complex
  • Highly effective synergistic skin barrier strengthening complex mimicking the three key components of the barrier lipids, by CeramideBio, stearic acid and phytosterols
  • Accelerated recovery by combination with soothing bisabolol (in-vivo)
  • Quickly restores the barrier integrity by resembling the lamellar bilayers of the skin on in-vitro reconstructed skin
  • Protects against moisture loss by barrier strengthening (in-vivo)
  • Reduces redness of the skin (in-vivo)
  • Protects and improves dry skin (in-vivo)
  • Colorless to light yellow clear liquid, odorless
  • Oil-soluble
  • China compliant


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ANTI-REDNESS – Don’t let Skin Redness Make you “Blush”!


Redness is the first visible sign of irritation and a main problem among sensitive skin consumers. As such, it is not solely the concern of women with fair and delicate skin. Men can experience redness after shaving and even women with darker skin can be surprised by red tones. Like a sudden blush, it translates skin sensitivity and often tends to undermine self-confidence. Based on its leading expertise in sensitive skin, Symrise offers a complete range of anti-redness products with a comprehensive activity spectrum.


SymRelief® 100 – Versatile Relief for Irritated Skin

INCI: Bisabolol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract

  • Patented complex
  • Dragosantol® 100, the purest nature-identical bisabolol, plus organic ginger extract for synergistic efficacy
  • In-vivo proven relief for reddened skin
  • Soothes post-shaving redness (in-vivo)
  • Provides a proven protective effect against redness induction by shaving (in-vivo)
  • Additionally shows radical scavenging activity (in-vitro)
  • Light yellow to yellow-brown clear liquid, odorless
  • Oil-soluble
  • Food grade - suitable for oral care
  • China compliant


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SymRelief® S – The Nature-Identical Complex for Fast Skin Relief

INCI: Bisabolol, Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone

  • Patented complex
  • Synergistic complex of Dragosantol® 100, the purest nature-identical bisabolol, and [6]-paradol, the nature-identical active principle of grains of paradise
  • Provides skin relief and comfort (in-vivo)
  • Additionally shows radical scavenging activity (in-vitro)
  • Colorless to light yellow clear liquid, odorless
  • Soluble in common cosmetic oils, ethanol and glycols
  • Food grade - suitable for oral care


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Dragosantol® 100 – The Purest Nature-Identical Bisabolol

INCI: Bisabolol

  • Monocyclic, unsaturated sesquiterpene alcohol
  • Nature-identical α-bisabolol with the highest purity available on the market and fully integrated, patented production process
  • As efficient as natural bisabolol
  • Soothes and calms irritated skin (in-vivo)
  • Protects against redness (in-vivo)
  • Stimulates hyaluronic acid synthesis providing an enhancement in hydration (ex-vivo)
  • Reduces SDS induced erythema back to normal level (in-vivo)
  • Colorless to light yellow clear liquid, very low odor
  • Soluble in oils, ethanol and glycols
  • Food grade - suitable for oral care
  • China compliant


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SymFinity® 1298 – The Natural Youth Inducer

INCI: Echinacea Purpurea Extract

  • 100% pure and natural compound
  • Dried juice from fresh Echinacea purpurea herb
  • Sustainably sourced from Mallorca, Spain
  • Soothing activity comparable to bisabolol (in-vivo)
  • Effective hyaluronic acid stimulator (ex-vivo)
  • Protects against air-pollution induced damages leading to inflammation and hyperpigmentation (in-vivo)
  • Potent natural antioxidant (in-vitro and ex-vivo)
  • Light brown to brown powder, characteristic odor
  • Water-soluble
  • Food grade - suitable for oral care
  • COSMOS/Ecocert approved
  • China compliant


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ANTI-ITCH – Break the Cycle of Itch & Scratch


Consumers distinctively discriminate itchiness among the many symptoms of sensitive skin. They also perceive itchiness as being the result of an inflammatory chain reaction calling for intelligent skin care. A long time ago Symrise started to intensively research oat (Avena sativa) which has been traditionally applied for its skin calming and anti-itch properties. Symrise has been a pioneer in investigating the active principles and constituents of oat. As a result of intensive research it was possible to successfully identify, isolate and even synthesize the principle components responsible for reducing itch, skin irritations and redness, a group of phenolic amides unique to oat, known as avenanthramides.


SymCalmin® – Intelligent Skin Rescuer

INCI: Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid

  • Patented nature-inspired active
  • Oat-inspired Dihydroavenanthramide D
  • Effectively reduces skin itch and redness (in-vivo)
  • Protects skin from exterior aggressions
  • Proven to reduce scalp itch (in-vivo)
  • Additionally shows radical scavenging activity (in-vitro)
  • Colorless to yellow clear to slightly cloudy liquid, odorless
  • Soluble in ethanol, glycols, surfactants and common cosmetic oils
  • China compliant


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DragoCalm® – The Natural Standardized Soothing Active from Oat

INCI: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract

  • Oat extract standardized to Avenanthramides
  • Natural soothing ingredient, long history of safe use
  • Contains a complex mixture of flavonoids and other skin care compounds
  • Proven to significantly reduce redness and itch (in-vivo)
  • Light yellow to brown clear to slightly cloudy liquid, low odor
  • Soluble in water and glycols
  • Ecocert approved
  • China compliant


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ANTI-STINGING/-BURNING – Calm Intolerant & Hypersensitive Skin 


More and more consumers tend to perceive their skin as overreactive or intolerant to external aggressions or personal care products. Most of the time, the misperception symptoms include redness and tightness, but they may also include burning, stinging and tingling sensations. Research has shown that the later are distinct characteristics of sensitive to highly sensitive skin. In order to bring strong and instant sensorial relief to sensitive and hypersensitive skin, Symrise has designed a soothing active ingredient with a specific focus on burning and stinging sensations.


SymSitive® 1609 – Instant Skin Relief

INCI: Pentylene Glycol, 4-t-Butylcyclohexanol

  • Patented active
  • Nature-identical compound trans-4-t-Butylcyclohexanol found in berries of Pistacia lentiscus
  • Shows an immediate soothing effect by reducing burning, stinging and tingling sensations (in-vivo)
  • Helps to increase the skin's tolerance threshold by reducing symptoms associated with sensitive skin in Cosmetic Intolerance Syndrom (in-vivo)
  • Calms overreaction of scalp during hair coloration (in-vivo)
  • Colorless to pale yellow clear liquid, almost odorless
  • Soluble in oil, ethyl alcohol and glycols
  • Food grade - suitable for oral care
  • China compliant


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SymCare® is a ready-made solution for sensitive skin. For the development Symrise took a holistic approach by combining ingredients addressing the major identified consumer needs linked to sensitive skin. SymCare® has been designed to soothe and protect against discomfort. It can also support the skin in strengthening its barrier, reduce redness and discomfort as well as offer relieving and moisturizing properties. Its efficacy was proven in a consumer study that was completed under the control of a dermatologist. For easy formulation 2 versions are available: SymCare® O which is oil-soluble and SymCare® W2 for easy use as a water-soluble component.


SymCare® O – The Ready-Made Oil-Soluble Solution for Sensitive Skin

INCI: Hexyldecanol, Pentylene Glycol, 4-t-Butylcyclohexanol, Bisabolol, Cetylhy-droxyproline Palmitamide, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Stearic Acid, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract

  • Blend of highly effective soothing actives
  • Protects against redness and discomfort of stressed and sensitive skin
  • Strengthens skin barrier
  • Soothes the skin (in-vivo)
  • Relieves from discomfort (in-vivo)
  • Colorless to light yellow clear liquid, almost odorless
  • Oil-soluble
  • China compliant


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SymCare® W2 – Holistic Water-Soluble Blend of Soothing Ingredients

INCI: PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-9, Pentylene Glycol, 4-t-Butylcyclohexanol, Propylene Glycol, Water (Aqua), Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid

  • Blend of highly effective soothing actives
  • Combines ingredients addressing the major identified consumer needs linked to sensitive skin
  • Provides all-round protection for sensitive and stressed skin
  • Supports the skin in reducing redness as well as offering relieving properties
  • Strengthens skin barrier
  • Colorless to light yellow clear to cloudy liquid
  • Water-soluble
  • China compliant


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