As the sheer number of uses for pea protein comes to light, Sinerga are harnessing the power of peas into cosmetic formulations that act as sustainable alternatives to current market offerings. If you consider yourself a cynic when it comes to natural formulations, simply read ahead for all the reasons to give peas a chance!

Pea Protein has been making a splash in the world of nutrition lately, which won’t be surprising to those already aware of its powerhouse properties. Having been used for years to increase the protein content of smoothies, soups, and shakes, this muscle-building food has long been a godsend for vegans and vegetarians.

However, it’s not just within the food industry that pea protein has made its mark. With both the skincare and self-care industries surging forth with new formulations that aim to improve skin firmness and elasticity, pea protein is set to be the star of a revolutionary new phase in beauty and wellness.

Why We Love The Pea Trend

There are plenty of reasons to love the pea trend – the use of the humble pea for beauty and wellness is truly the height of genius!

As hydrolysed pea proteins exhibit an excellent anti-wrinkle effect on skin, it’s not surprising that peas are quickly taking the beauty world by storm. However, it’s not only anti-wrinkle properties that make the pea trend one to watch. As hydrolysed pea proteins have different molecular weights, the synergy between the two fractions confers a total hydrating effect to the skin, improving overall skin firmness and elasticity.

With middle-low fractions offering hydration and heavy fractions touting film-forming properties, the creational possibilities for cosmetic and beauty formulators are exponential. The pea trend is primed for success!

So what can you use in your formulations?


Pea.Protein is a new ingredient containing hydrolysed pea protein of different molecular weights.

With high, medium, and low molecular weights that aim to penetrate different layers of the skin, Pea.Protein is a product that is not only hygroscopic in nature, but is able to effectively reduce transepidermal water loss (TEWL) on account of its film-forming properties. As previously mentioned, the synergistic effect of these two fractions create a more toned, compact, and elasticized skin than other formulations on the market allow.

Ranking highly in efficacy tests for roughness, TEWL, elasticity, firmness, and hydration, Pea.Protein is designed to be an excellent addition to numerous cream, gel, and serum applications.

Coco Pea.Soft

Though Pea.Protein is extremely effective in skincare applications, Pea.Soft has been shown to be equally viable for hair-care treatments.

Inducing a Keratin-like action that restructures the hair, Pea.Soft should certainly be considered for formulators looking to create highly restructuring shampoos and similar hair-care products.

An innovative proposal in the surfactant world, Coco Pea.Soft is a lipoprotein surfactant that is obtained by the condensation of coconut fatty acids and hydrolysed pea proteins. Due to the amino acid similarities between pea proteins and Keratin, a protective film is created on the hair that reduces the aggressiveness of other surfactants.

As Coco Pea.Soft can be used as a primary functional surfactant, it is an excellent alternative for formulators looking to create mild cleansers and shampoos that don’t alter the dermal pH.

The Science

As proteins have a natural affinity with our skin, they are the perfect building block for the formulation of mild and biodegradable skin and hair care products. As the world seeks increasingly sustainable products, these protein-based derivatives allow for both effective and multifunctional cosmetics to take shape.

Thanks to molecular weight, Coco Pea.Soft does not considerably increase TEWL, whist Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is 30 times more aggressive in comparison. As the dehydration induced by Coco Pea.Soft is considerably lower than the levels induced by SLS, it is a viable co-surfactant should formulators be looking to reduce the aggressiveness of SLS.

Using Pea Proteins In Your Formulations

In addition to the molecular strides mentioned above, all Sinerga’s protein derivatives are of vegetable origin – so both consumers and formulators can confidently purchase these proteins without fear of allergens or the presence of genetically modified organisms. Both Pea.Protein and Coco Pea.Soft are also made entirely from European Plants (Pisum Sativum).

In addition, the high tolerability and mildness of Coco Pea.Soft (alongside good cleansing and foaming properties), makes it an extremely good alternative to soy and wheat derivatives for allergen-conscious producers.

As there are currently no pea protein cosmetic products available on the market, Pea.Protein and Coco Pea.Soft are a novelty. As Coco Pea.Soft is sourced from vegetables and is completely devoid of animal products, it is an excellent gluten-free, COSMOS compliant formulation that is certain to be a welcome addition to any application.

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