Scientists look to nature for skin care products
17 Feb, 2010
Source: Media release
Biopolymer Network scientists have been working to create products for healthier skin from oats and an ancient grain called amaranth.
The moisturising and antioxidant properties of both oats and amaranth, if properly processed, show they will make excellent skin and hair products.
“We’re pretty excited about the properties of amaranth and oats. With the right funding and partners, both should be on the shelves in the future alongside synthetic chemical products,” Biopolymer products research team leader Becky Macdonald says.
“We’re aware that the search for bio-based materials for personal care applications is becoming more important due to a global move away from using non-renewable resources and environmentally damaging chemical-based production methods.”
The researchers are focused on extracting biopolymers from natural materials using eco-friendly methods as an alternative to synthetically derived molecules.
A water-based extraction technology has already been patented by Biopolymer Network, with further research focused on modifying resultant molecules to make them suitable for use in beauty products.
- 17 February 2010