Researchers make body lotion from coral grown in aquariums
December 9, 2012, 12:09 am TWN
TAIPEI--Local scientists have developed a body lotion made with extract from soft corals grown in aquariums.
Two years ago Su Rui-hsin, an assistant researcher at the National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium in Checheng Township, Pingtung County and Wu Yu-ren, an associate professor at Meiho University in the southern Taiwan township, began studying methods for making body care products from soft coral extracts.
Wu said the extract is an effective anti-inflammatory substance and can soothe the nervous system, cure small wounds, whiten the skin and slow the aging process.
Wu said he and Su have succeeded in using coral extract to make moisturizing body lotion, anti-wrinkle cream, skin-whitening cream and makeup-removing lotion.
The extract is drawn from coral cultivated by the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium rather than wild coral so the process does not damage the environment.
Su said the chemical component of the extract is very stable and the technology to obtain the extract is well-established, adding that two local cosmetics companies are interested in buying the expertise.
The National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium began 10 years ago to cultivate soft corals — known for the difficulty of growing them in captivity. Few studies have been conducted on these species.