Algae could soon be a Key Ingredient in Sunscreen Formulations

Algae

Algae is enjoying its day in the sun thanks to recent research from Swansea University in the United Kingdom. Dr. Carole Llewellyn is an associate professor in applied aquatic bioscience has been studying the ways that microalgae protect themselves from UV exposure. The algae can be grown in photobioreactors or flasks, then removed, concentrated, and broken down to extract their natural sunscreen compounds.

This research points the way to a possible alternative to synthetic sunscreen compounds, which are often petroleum based and carry concerns about harmful effects on aquatic ecosystems when they wash off. A plant based sunscreen product would successfully cater to growing consumer demands for sustainable and natural personal care products.

Despite high hopes for this research and its implications, there are also several challenges. Several companies have expressed interest in developing sunscreen formulas from the algae compounds, but it could take considerable time before they could compete with the commercial and economic benefits of synthetic compounds.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Focal Point Research Inc.  We are industry leading Natural Health Product, and OTC Drug Regulatory Consultants that you can trust to help guide your company in the right direction.

Algae is enjoying its day in the sun thanks to recent research from Swansea University in the United Kingdom. Dr. Carole Llewellyn is an associate professor in applied aquatic bioscience has been studying the ways that microalgae protect themselves from UV exposure. The algae can be grown in photobioreactors or flasks, then removed, concentrated, and broken down to extract their natural sunscreen compounds.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Focal Point Research Inc.  We are industry leading Natural Health Product, and OTC Drug Regulatory Consultants that you can trust to help guide your company in the right direction.