Seppic launches CONTACTICEL™, an anti-pollution active ingredient from 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 polluted,[1] 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 aggressions. [2].

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 properties.[2]

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.

As 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.