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Scientists develop beauty products from soft corals

Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwanese scientists have developed a body lotion made with extract from soft corals grown in aquariums.

Su Rui-hsin (蘇瑞欣), an assistant researcher at the National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium in Pingtung County’s Checheng Township (車城), and Wu Yu-ren (吳裕仁), an associate professor at Meiho University in Checheng, began studying ways to make beauty products from soft coral extracts two years ago.

The extract is an effective anti-inflammatory and can soothe the nervous system, cure small wounds, whiten the skin and slow aging, Wu said.

Wu added that he and Su have succeeded in using the coral extract to produce moisturizing body lotion, an anti-wrinkle cream, a skin-whitening cream and a makeup-remover.

The extract is drawn from coral cultivated by the museum and not from wild coral, so the process does not cause any harm to the environment.

Su said the chemical component of the extract is very stable and the technology employed to obtain it is well-established, adding that two local cosmetics companies are interested in buying the extraction methodology.

On the back of its successful cooperation with Meiho University in developing the body lotion, the museum said it planned to form a deeper strategic alliance with the university, the researcher added.

The museum started cultivating soft corals 10 years ago. These types of corals are known for being difficult to grow in captivity and few studies have been conducted on them, so they remain relatively unknown to scientists.

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