by Mark Gray July 17, 2016
A ‘bionic leaf’ developed by researchers at Harvard University offers intriguing opportunities for converting solar energy into biomass. The possibilities could extend into everyday products, including skin care and cosmetics.
The new technology is 10 times more efficient than the fastest growing plant at converting the sun’s rays and water into biomass. Here’s how Science magazine summarized it:
"This scalable system has a CO2 reduction energy efficiency of ~50% when producing bacterial biomass and liquid fusel alcohols, scrubbing 180 grams of CO2 per kilowatt-hour of electricity. Coupling this hybrid device to existing photovoltaic systems would yield a CO2 reduction energy efficiency of ~10%, exceeding that of natural photosynthetic systems."
So what are the implications for skin care?
Consumers are looking hard at the ingredients and processes used to create cosmetics. By replicating natural ingredients in a cost-effective way, the industry can polish its environmental credentials while still delivering efficacy.
It’s a practical example of science learning from nature – and perhaps improving on it.
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by Mark Gray May 10, 2018
by Lilly Falcon May 10, 2018
While the anatomy of the skin is the same from person to person, there are some gender differences in the physiology of our skin. But is there really a need for skin care products based on gender, and specifically something as universal as moisturizer? To answer this question, we take a look at the differences between male and female skin.
by Mark Gray April 26, 2018
Technologies such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) are commonly used for wrinkle reduction, and of course there’s a place for lasers in tattoo removal. This suggests a philosophy of aggressive intervention rather than the approach we generally prefer, which is to promote homeostasis, i.e. the skin’s natural ability to maintain itself.
But it’s not quite that simple.
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