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Skhincaps

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SKHINCAPS is a research project that explores an innovative and sustainable in situ self-assembly nanoencapsulation technology aiming to develop customised and safe nanocapsules to deliver novel products for skin healthcare applications, with increased efficiency and cost benefits. Thus, the project will lead to ground-breaking innovations on the actual products. Using this safe, sustainable and easily scalable technology, different actives will be addressed for nanoencapsulation: phase-change materials [PCMs], a cocktail of vitamins and antioxidants, and natural essential oils. The nanocapsules will be engineered to achieve three possible release mechanisms, enhancing actives efficiency. Different demonstrators will be developed with these customised and safe nanocapsules for skin healthcare applications:

- First layer garments with no-release nanocapsules loaded with PCMs, to improve thermal management and skin comfort;
- Creams with triggered nanocapsules containing the cocktail, to improve the anti-ageing effect on the end-users skin;
- Lotions and textiles containing targeted nanocapsules loaded with natural essential oils to prevent or even mitigate bacterial infections on the end-users skin.

These demonstrators will be fully tested for their safety and performance assessment to fulfil the present regulation requirements. SKHINCAPS comprises SMEs from different stages of the supply chain, so it will promote stronger collaborations between materials suppliers, manufacturers and end-users.

Site: www.skhincaps.eu

Main goals:

1. Development of novel, sustainable, safe, cost-effective and highly stable nanocarriers, with different encapsulated active ingredients (payload), by using an innovative in-situ self-assembly nanoencapsulation technology; 

2. Use of novel stimuli-responsive nanocapsules for 3 different skin healthcare applications [textiles and cosmetics]:
• Thermal comfort;
• Anti-ageing ;
• Natural anti-microbial control.

3. Validation in relevant scenarios of developed nanocapsules (safety and environmental impact (LCA)), taking into account the existing regulation standards, and possible gaps existing in the legislation that is now in force.

CeNTI-The main goals of the project are:

Project Duration: October 2015 to September 2019

Eligible Cost: 3 265 920,75 €

European Union Funding: 3 265 920,75 €

Results


Different demonstrators will be developed and fully tested for their safety and performance, using the SKHINCAPS customised and safe nanocapsules, for skin healthcare applications:

- First layer garments with no-release nanocapsules loaded with PCMs, to improve thermal management and skin comfort;

- Creams with triggered nanocapsules containing the cocktail, to improve the anti-ageing effect on the end-users skin;

- Lotions and textiles containing targeted nanocapsules loaded with natural essential oils to prevent or even mitigate bacterial infections on the end-users skin.

Until now, it has become evident that the nature-based products being developed under the scope of the SKHINCAPS project exhibit a high cost-benefit ratio and that they have a strong industrial production capacity.

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