Having at least 7 hours of sleep per night is highly recommended. At the centre of our wellbeing, sleeping increases creativity, makes us healthy and takes care of our skin. But it appears that more and more people are struggling to get a good night’s sleep. The reason? High visible energy light (HVEL), including blue light. If the sun remains the primary source of this short wavelength light, artificial lights on digital screens are the ones that damage the skin daily, for hours. According to our study, screen exposure time has never been so high. Actually, 66% [2] of people spend more than 4 hours in front of a screen every day, and they are 29% staying more than 8 hours per day in front of a screen. You’ll probably not be surprised to learn that 13% [3] of the US millennials are spending more than 12 hours per day on their smartphone. Well aware of digital stress harmful effects on the skin surface and sleep quality, 89% [4] of consumers would be interested into a cosmetic product improving their sleep quality! Givaudan Active Beauty brings the solution with Synchronight, a powerful and dynamic ingredient, playing a significant role in protecting the skin to remain youthful and healthy.

A natural way to shield the skin from digital stress and enhance sleep quality

Developed at our Green Fractionation Centre of Excellence in Avignon (France), Synchronight is a patent-pending stabilised extract of Gardenia fruits, able to protect the skin from the consequences of direct exposure to blue light (protection of antioxidant defences, preservation of the natural cycle of production of cutaneous melatonin), to slow down the premature ageing of the skin and improve the quality of sleep.

Synchronight protects the cutaneous production of melatonin when skin is exposed to a digital stress thanks to its blue light absorbing properties. Melatonin can therefore achieve its natural role of fighting against the deleterious effects of digital pollution on premature skin ageing. But moreover, thanks to its activation by the skin microbiome into a vegetal melatonin-like molecule, it synergistically takes an active part into skin defences and well-being mechanisms.

How Synchronight counteracts digital stress

To evaluate the well-being and anti-ageing benefits of Synchronight in face care applications, a clinical test was conducted in double blind versus placebo. This study was carried out on 40 women (average age 39 years old, from 18 to 50 years old), selected for being in front of a digital screen more than 4 hours per day, with at least 2 consecutive hours in the evening. Two groups of volunteers were formed, and panellists applied a cream with or without Synchronight at 2% twice a day (morning and evening) for 56 days. Clinical tests have highlighted that Synchronight reverses visible signs of ageing (-21% wrinkles number versus placebo) while contributing to a general improvement of volunteers sleep quality (easiness to fall asleep, number of wake-ups down by -87% during night). These beneficial effects were then confirmed in a home usage test, on 49 volunteers (men and women) using the product at home, in the same conditions.

Make it real!

To inspire the beauty industry, Givaudan Active Beauty has crafted My Blue Guard High Performance, a night cream offering anti-ageing benefit; tone improvement and skin stress control that is also enhancing sleep quality for a radiant skin! Perfectly stable, Synchronight can also be added into anti-ageing serum or cream, well-being products, skincare for millennials and other cosmetics to preserve from modern lifestyle damages.