The skincare industry is seeing an upward exponential shift in consumer preferences for natural and sustainable products with stricter regulations on materials and components bans which has been shown to result in long-term harm to the well-being of users. The current skincare chemicals and materials in the market possess various health challenges such as skin irritation and allergy where skincare and cosmetic companies are increasingly sourcing for sustainable, renewable, and safe bio-based materials. This technology presents a scalable solution to produce a bioingredient, nanofibrillated cellulose to replace petroleum-based materials in skincare.
Cellulose is an abundant material in nature, this technology develops a process to extract nanofibrillated cellulose for various applications. Nanofibrillated cellulose is a renewable biopolymer with high flexibility in structure which enables it to exhibit increased mechanical strength, optical, thermal and fluidic properties compared to cellulose. The nanostructure and rich hydroxyl groups allows for modifications in hybridization to fabricate materials ranging from films, membranes, soft gels and creams at reduced size and porosity.
The product has been validated to have excellent water retention, is highly biocompatible and can be applied as a thickening agent, emulsifiers, humectants, texture, and viscosity modifiers. Functional and cytotoxicity tests are completed to ensure the safety of the material. The technology owner is seeking to work with OEMs of skincare and cosmetic products to advance their business where sample testing are available.
The cellulose are fabricated into nano-sized to deliver the excellent properties such as:
The potential applications of the ingredient in skincare and cosmetic products include:
Nanofibrillated cellulose can also be used in the field of healthcare for wound dressings, drug delivery, medical diagnostics, smart sensors and electronic skin.
The global skincare sector was valued at $131.5 billion in 2022 and is forecasted to generate a CAGR of 4% over 2022–2027, to reach $160.2 billion in 2027. In volume terms, the sector is forecasted to grow from 17.3 billion units in 2022 to 18.6 billion units in 2027, at a CAGR of 1.4%. Thailand's skincare market generated a revenue of $466.80 million in 2022, making it a significant sector of economic growth.