Newly Developed Coral-derived Sunscreen To Hit Market In 5 years

Posted on August 4, 2013

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Great-barrier-reef_coral_sunscreenThis past week, scientists from England have revealed to the world after a three year research project that the Australian Great Barrier Reef tropical corals may be the future for the human suncreen industry. Since the sun is so intense in that region of the world, scientists have always wondered how do these natural corals protect themselves from the damaging UVA and UVB sunrays in such shallow waters? The answer lies in the newly discovered UV filters present in these corals.

The English scientists who have led this research project, which was sponsored by the British government, have discovered that the algae living in the Australian corals makes a compound which is transported to the coral. The coral then further modifies it into a natural sunscreen agent for both the algae and itself to use. Fish who seem to feed off the corals in this region also show UV resistance to the sun making scientists believe that this coral-derived sunscreen gets passed up the food chain.

Acropora microphthalma coral is an endangered species so a way to artificially synthesize this Great Barrier Reef coral UV compound must be developed before it can be clinically tested on humans. So what we can hope for in the near future, maybe as quickly as in five years, is a revolutionary coral-derived sunscreen ingestible pill or topical lotion. What is fantastic about the newly discovered UV filter compound is that it provides broad spectrum UVA & UVB sun protection and it can be added into a cream emulsion which applies on skin pretty much colorless.

In the meantime, please continue to use the best light-weight performing sunscreens for your sun protection needs. Science and research continues to innovate in this everly important aspect of skin care.

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