SEOUL, April 27 (Korea Bizwire) – New research shows that fragrant plant ingredients can be used to make skin-whitening cosmetics.
A research team from the Division of Functional Food Research, led by Dr. Sang-yoon Choi, demonstrated how Geranic acid, which is an aromatic component found in roses and other plants, can suppress skin pigmentation, said the Korea Food Research Institute.
The aromatic components extracted from roses, which are primarily composed of Geranic acid, are already used in perfumes and aromatherapy.
The team introduced Geranic acid to melanin-making cells, and observed both their rates of survival and melanin production.
After three days of application, the rate of melanin production reduced by 33.9 percent without the cells becoming toxic.
The Geranic acid successfully suppressed the activity of Tyrosinase and its manifestation, which are crucial in melanin production.
“The low toxicity, excellent melanin suppression, and fragrant nature make it well-suited as a skin-whitening agent,” explained one of the researchers.
The team patented its results, which were also published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science.
“People are already familiar with roses, wine, and lemongrass, which contain Geranic acid. So we expect a positive synergy in the industry once integrated with skin-whitening,” said Dr. Choi.
By Joshep Shin (firstname.lastname@example.org)