Cosmax unveils new sunscreen based on material originating from space station

By Lim Chang-won Posted : March 16, 2020, 10:31 Updated : March 16, 2020, 10:31

[Courtesy of Cosmax]

SEOUL -- Cosmax, a cosmetics original development manufacturer in South Korea, has unveiled new sun care cosmetics by applying a bio-microbial material named "Solarbiome" based on a set of strains found in a NASA project to study effects and responses of space light.

Reviewing NASA's EXPOSE-E project, a Cosmax research team discovered the strains called Bacillus sp. and Deinococcus sp that survived on the surface of a space station and in ultraviolet, radiation and high temperatures. The team conducted an experiment with the strains to microbiological materials as functional cosmetics.

EXPOSE is a facility mounted outside a space station, developed for spaceflights and designed to allow exposure of chemical and biological samples to outer space while recording data during exposure. EXPOSE-E studies organic compounds to understand the chemical behavior of organic molecules in the space environment.

Solarbiome helps to restore aging skin from the sunburn and is very effective in ultraviolet protection, Cosmax said, adding that it has excellent resistance to the external environment, blocks ultraviolet and features the recovery of cell damage and prevention of aging.

Cosmax has developed Solarbiome sunscreen using inorganic sunscreen materials to reduce irritation to the skin. Because of its moisture base, it has no white cast and has a light and fresh feel of use. Cosmax said its products applied with Solarbiome will be released in the form of primer, fluid, cream and ampoule.

The company plans to expand its product line to color cosmetics in the future.

Cosmax Group Chairman Lee Kyung-soo described the new sun care cosmetics as "an innovative fusion product that has created NASA's microbiological materials as functional cosmetics." "We will continue to develop microbiome cosmetics known as uncharted areas and open a new category of anti-aging cosmetics."

Microbiome is the genetic material of all the microbes - bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses - that live on and inside the human body. The number of genes in all the microbes in one person's microbiome is 200 times the number of genes in the human genome. Cosmax has conducted various research since it released the world's first microbiome cosmetics in March 2019.
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