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barrier function balancer

Ethience Protect is a sustainable active ingredient developed by Clariant Active Ingredients and its Brazilian partner Beraca.
Extracted from the Brazil nut, it reinforces the three levels of the skin barrier to address compromised skins.



Sourcing: Brazil nut co-product

Brazil nuts are known for the quality of their oil. Once the seeds are crushed to extract it, the remaining press-cake still contains high levels of polyphenols with useful properties for the cosmetic industry, now valorized by Ethience Protect.

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Origin: the Amazon rainforest

Ethience Protect is sourced directly in the wild Amazon rainforest, where our partner Beraca works closely with local communities to help them preserve their life conditions and environment. By providing local communities with a stable source of revenues and ensuring education of the children, they help them be the guardians of the Amazon rainforest.


Touching the circular economy concept

The residues of the press cake used to extract Ethience Protect are sent back to the communities to be used as a fertilizer, to close the cycle around the Brazil nut use.


For triple-level action on skin barrier

Skin barrier is our main protection against external aggressors such as allergens, pathogens, irritants,... But subject to chronical exposure with these aggressors, and/or aggressed by mechanical actions such as mask chafing or shaving, it can be compromised. As a result, irritation reactions and dryness occur. 

The skin barrier protection depend on three layers:

- the lipid layer at the surface that creates a protective film which is the first protection against intrusion from external aggressors

- the stratum corneum brick and mortar structure

- the epidermis, where cohesion between cells prevent pathogens from entering deeper into the skin, and differentiation capacity allows to renew the upper stratum corneum layer in order to maintain an optimal level of protection.


Ethience Protect acts on these three layers to ensure an efficient skin barrier protection. To learn more, watch its mechanism of action on the video besides.

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Stimulation of lipid metabolism

Ethience Protect upregulates the synthesis and transport of major skin lipids such as cholesterol and ceramides, to maintain surface lipid layer and stratum corneum mortar. This ensures an efficient first level of skin barrier function.

Stimulation of skin lipid metabolism

Stimulation of keratinocytes differentiation

Ethience Protect stimulates the production of growth factors and terminal differentiation markers to ensure stratum corneum's brick formation. 

Stimulation of keratinocytes differentiation and terminal differentiation

Support of cell cohesion and structure

By stimulating the synthesis of microtubules, actin filaments, keratin-10 and tight junction components, Ethience Protect restores epidermis cell adhesion and solidity. This prevents pathogens and allergens from entering deeper into the skin.

Support of cell cohesion and structure by stimulating synthesis of microtubules, actin filaments, keratin-10 and tight junction components

And uncompromised skin protection

Uncompromised skin protection for men who shave daily and present visible signs of skin damage such as redness

Men panel

13 men who daily shaved and presented visible signs of skin damage such as redness.

Formula with 1% Ethience Protect.

Results: +28% hydration and -8% redness after 35 days.

Uncompromised skin protection for women with skin damage on the face due to face mask wearing.

Women panel

14 caucasian women with skin damage on the face due to mask wearing.

Formula with 1% Ethience Protect.

Results: +29% skin hydration after 7 days and +52% after 35 days.