ReGeN-oPhyt™, the first pure and colorless phytoene

Our skin is continuously exposed to external aggression such as UV radiation and pollution, which generate harmful free radicals that accelerate aging. 

Solvay is proud to introduce ReGeN-oPhyt™, the 100% naturally-derived antioxidant and anti-aging active ingredient for skin care, containing pure, colorless phytoene made by an innovative process inspired by nature!


Phytoene, the precursor of all carotenoids

Skin cells and plants share a common substance to protect themselves from oxidative stress: Phytoene, the original precursor of all carotenoids and the only one capable of absorbing UVB rays. Unlike plants, however, it cannot be synthesized by the skin. Phytoene is part of the essential molecules brought by external supplementation. While plants would seem to be the logical source, but none of the available processes allows for the production of pure Phytoene, until now... 

Skin-care consumers are always looking for safe, effective, unique and natural ingredients and we see great opportunity in innovative bioactives like ReGeN-oPhyt™. 

Sonia Renac, Global Vice President, Home and Personal Care for Solvay Novecare.

The extraordinary fermentation power of Deinoccocus

A novel sustainable process to produce Phytoene was developed using a state-of-the-art biotechnology platform based on the fermentation of natural sugars by Deinococcus, an extremophile bacterium capable of surviving a wide range of environmental stresses.

How is it done?

  1. Firstly, the Deinococcus strain is collected from spring water in the Pyrenees mountain in France 
  2. Deinococcus protects itself by producing and storing carotenoids in its cell membrane, one of which is Phytoene
  3. Phytoene is then produced through state-of-the-art biotechnology and the fermentation of natural sugars by Deinococcus
  4. Once extracted, Phytoene is formulated with Jojoba oil to produce ReGeN-oPhyt™, a powerful anti-aging active ingredient for skin care  

ReGeN-oPhyt™ provides real and visible benefits

ReGeN-oPhyt™ captures the harmful free radicals, effectively preventing oxidative stress, thus helping maintain skin’s youthful and healthy appearance.

  • Helps shield skin from the effect of oxidative stress
  • Improves skin texture & reduces the appearance of wrinkles 
  • Promotes younger-looking skin

ReGeN-oPhyt™ Applications


ReGeN-oPhyt™ is an active ingredient that can be used in various skin care products, such as:

  • Anti-aging creams
  • Skin renewal serums
  • Skin sleeping masks
  • UV-protection creams
  • Skin hydrating oil-gels