THE WHAT? Amorepacific has developed a transparent inorganic sunscreen material, which is a white-cast-free solution that is said to effectively reflect UV rays.
THE DETAILS The Korean beauty giant conducted a joint research project with Dr. Li Yan from Amorepacific R&D Center Material Lab and Professor Lee Gi-ra and his lab in Sungkyunkwan University Chemical Engineering.
Together the team conducted a study that enabled them to evenly synthesize and assemble micro-sized spherical silica particles that are hollow in the middle.
According to a press release, “The film produced from these particles can be adjusted to have even air bubble sizes and gaps in between, to be able to reflect visible light and UV spectrum rays. The team also discovered that by matching the refractive index, they were able to more effectively reflect UV rays while still appearing transparent in the visible spectrum. This is similar to the natural mechanism of chameleons or green algae that quickly change their skin color by scattering light.”
THE WHY? Amorepacfiic has long been active in sunscreen development, with the latest study said to be ‘meaningful’ in developing organic materials.
Park Won-seok, Head of Amorepacific R&D Center Foundation Innovation Lab said, “The recent research results we have announced are very meaningful as we came to possess a platform technology to develop innovative inorganic materials. We will continue to verify the potential of this platform through clinical trials on skin.
“Amorepacific R&D Center will continue with its best efforts to provide health and beauty for the customers around the world based on our ceaseless fundamental research.”