Skin health via eco-friendly products!
Last Updated: Friday, February 12, 2010, 00:00

Washington: The humble bowl of porridge is not just good for inner health and outer beauty, but for the planet too, say scientists.

An international team, led by AgResearch in Australia,
is, in fact, developing eco-friendly beauty products which use
the natural antioxidants found in oats and an ancient grain
-cum-purple weed called amaranth.

AgResearch`s Becky Macdonald said the moisturising and
antioxidant properties of both, if properly processed, showed
they will make excellent skin and hair products.

"We`re pretty excited about the properties of both
amaranth and oats. With the right funding and partners, both
should be on the shelves in the future alongside synthetic
chemical products.

"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,"
Macdonald said.

The team is focusing on extracting biopolymers from
natural materials using eco-friendly methods as an alternative
to synthetically derived molecules.

According to the CEO of Biopolymer Network Limited,
owned by AgResearch, Sarah Heine, the company has already
patented a water-based extraction technology and further
research is focused on modifying resultant molecules to make
them suitable for use in beauty products.

"This is just one of many projects currently
underway," Heine said.


First Published: Friday, February 12, 2010, 00:00

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