Dermafirm, a representative Korean derma cosmetics producer, announced on Feb. 24 that it has successfully applied stabilized astaxanthin ingredients to cosmetics through liposome technology after years of research.
Dermafirm has developed a liposome technology which enhances stability and skin penetration rate of an ingredient. Its liposome technology is unique in that it can liposomeize various active ingredients used in cosmetics such as peptides, hyaluronic crosslink, collagen, natural extracts, and brightening ingredients.
Recent studies have found that astaxanthin suppresses the production of free radicals, which are one of the main causes of skin aging, and it has been spotlighted showing to have 6,000 times of vitamin C and 800 times of coenzyme Q10 in antioxidant activity. However, cosmetics producers have not been able to easily make use of this attractive ingredient. Astaxanthin loses its color when exposed to heat and light and its effects weaken along with the color. To apply astaxanthin to cosmetics, the question is how to stabilize it.
After years of research, Dermafirm has developed a technology to maximize the antioxidant effects of astaxanthin. It protects astaxanthin in a liposomal form to prevent it from losing its color when exposed to heat, light and oxygen.
Especially the company’s choice of elastic liposomes, which are used to stabilize astaxanthin, is notable. Elastic liposomes freely increase and decrease their size and deliver the ingredient by modifying their size to fit any type of skin structure regardless of the skin conditions.
A Dermafirm official said, "We have made intensive efforts to stabilize astaxanthin,.” adding, “The effects of the new astaxanthin collection is amazing, and we are looking forward to their launch."