SEPPIC launches CONTACTICEL™, an anti-pollution active ingredient from the CELEBRITY™ technology

  • November 7, 2016
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SEPPIC launches CONTACTICEL™, an anti-pollution active ingredient from the CELEBRITY™ technology

SEPPIC launches CONTACTICEL™ at the in-Cosmetics Asia trade fair (November 8-10, 2016), a skin-purifying active ingredient from CELEBRITY™, a macro-algae cell culture technology developed by BiotechMarine.

To protect the skin from the ravages of pollution, SEPPIC is innovating with CONTACTICEL™, a skin-purifying active ingredient. 92% of the world’s population lives in an environment that is too polluted1, which causes numerous adverse impacts on the skin, such as early aging, cutaneous malfunctions or over-production of sebum.

CONTACTICEL™ is an extract from a little known red algae, Acrochaetium moniliforme which lives in contact with other algae. In association with other micro-organisms, it helps to protect its host against outside aggressions2.

Drawing inspiration from the properties of this algae, SEPPIC’s new active ingredient offers the skin protection against pollution: in two months, it effectively reduces the sebum of skin exposed to a polluted atmosphere with a visible and lasting result. CONTACTICEL™ is an exceptional skin-purifying agent that works against several pollutants (ozone, microparticles, heavy metals) through its combined properties2.

After EPHEMER™, CONTACTICEL™ is the second active ingredient that SEPPIC has developed with the innovative technology CELEBRITY™, which makes it possible here to produce large quantities of biomass from an algae that could not be cultivated or harvested in its natural setting.

Erwan Le Gélébart, R&D project manager for BiotechMarine, confirms: This innovative technology enables us once again to enhance a rare marine species and draw inspiration to create an original active ingredient that promotes healthy skin. It’s a great example of bio-inspiration!

1 WHO – Report, September 27, 2016
2 A novel in vivo test for reduction of the oxidation of squalene by ozone. Limitation of the overproduction of lipids by sebocytes exposed to urban dusts. Protection of cell metabolism and regulation of inflammation mediators against the effects of heavy metals (cadmium) on the skin.

SEPPIC in brief

A subsidiary of the Air Liquide group in the Healthcare business, SEPPIC creates and markets a wide range of specialty ingredients for health and beauty. Present in 100 countries through its subsidiaries and its network of distributors, SEPPIC employs 630 people worldwide, including 100 employees dedicated to innovation.


A subsidiary of SEPPIC since January 2013, BiotechMarine is specialized in marine actives, extracted from seaweeds and marine plants. It proposes to the cosmetics laboratories a wide range of 80 active ingredients, extracts and plant cells for personal care.

Air Liquide Healthcare*

supplies medical gases, home healthcare services, hygiene products, medical equipment and specialty ingredients.
In 2015, it served over 7,500 hospitals and 1.3 million patients at home throughout the world.
The Group’s Healthcare business reached € 2,799 million in revenues in 2015, with the support of its 13,500 employees.

* These data do not include Airgas, whose acquisition was completed on May 23, 2016.

SEPPIC – Corporate Communications
Alexandra Gilbert
Tel. +33 (0)1 42 91 41 18
Mob +33 (0)6 27 23 36 55

Florence Portejoie
Tel. +33 (0)1 44 54 36 64
Mob. +33 (0)6 47 38 90 04

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