A group from the Sichuan University of China has devised a fluid cosmetic foundation extracted from hemp stalk cellulose, that researchers claim offers multiple improvements over traditional makeup.
Created from hemp’s cellulose nanocrystals, the ingredient replaces substances, such as titanium oxide and mineral oil, which are often found in conventional beauty products. The hemp-based cosmetic foundation aids minimize skin barrier damages since removal requires mild cleansers. Conventional foundations are scrapped off using harsh cleansers that can cause skin problems, such as rosacea and sensitivity.
According to the researchers, it’s important to seek a different compound that averts skin barrier damages caused by too much cleaning. They added that hemp cellulose’s organic stabilizing and emulsifying traits will play a crucial role in food production, cosmetics, and the packaging sector.
Hemp seed extracts and oils from hemp flowers are broadly used in health products and cosmetics, and micro-fibrillated organic cellulose from different crops is increasingly used in makeup. Thus, the Sichuan University measure could be the first potential cellulose application from hemp to the beauty and health industry. Cosmetics Design-Asia reported the development this week.’
While showing adhesion identical to the traditional foundation, hemp’s formula had uniform hues and stable gloss for 540 minutes. The analysis also indicated the performance of hemp foundation matched the traditional foundation in covering acne and facial pigmentations.
The scientists asserted that dermoscopic observation tests on human participants indicated that hemp-based cosmetic foundation left minimal residue when compared to the conventional convention after wiping using the cotton pad. According to findings, hemp foundation remained on the skin surface while traditional foundation passed through the dermis risking skin damage.
The researchers also said that due to cellulose’s absorption effect, the process of removing hemp foundation also eradicates air pollutants and excessive oil on the surface of the skin, similar to how cellulose acts during metabolism and digestion in the intestines.