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Spotlight on: Protecting humans and the environment
Many new products protect skin from environmental stressors such as, UV, pollution, blue light and allergens. Two top environmental concerns are sun radiation and urban pollution.
The risks of overexposure to the sun are well known and have been addressed by the regulation authorities, providing guidelines for formulations and use instructions.
However, formulators face several challenges in developing appropriate sunscreen products. These consist of limited solubility of the active sunscreens, formulation stability and photostability issues, as well as limited compatibility with other active ingredients.
Urban pollution has become one of the most health related concerns in the industrialized world. This consists of particulate matter (PM) and toxic gases, basically compounds of, CO2, CO, SO2, NO, NO2 and other nitrogen oxides.
There is a growing awareness and concern in Israel for clean air and water and for overexposure of skin to the sun and to pollution. These are the driving forces for both efficient and aesthetic solutions.
Tagra Biotechnologies ltd. brings innovative solutions in both manufacturing and formulation aspects of the cosmetics and pharma industries.
As a renowned solution provider, Tagra creates various microencapsulation technologies that solve common challenges in formula production and compliance with regulations.
With over 14 patents created by a team of PhD experts in microparticulate skin delivery systems, partnerships with prestigious academic institutions, and having received multiple awards for breakthrough and innovative products, Tagra is an industry leader in quality microencapsulations.
SunCaps™ are innovative encapsulated UV filters, hermetically entrapped and sealed within unbreakable transparent cellulose-based polymer shells, which improve the UV protection profile, prevent skin penetration and increase photostability.
These patented SunCaps™ won the prestigious Bronze Innovation Award at in-cosmetics Barcelona 2015, for their ability to overcome incompatibilities among UV sand filter formulation challenges often encountered in sunscreen products.
AHAVA - Dead Sea Laboratories ltd. developed a new patented (IL patent no. 247192) combination of Dead Sea Minerals with an anionic polysaccharide of high molecular weight.
The anionic polysaccharide is PolluStop®, a commercial ingredient for urban protection manufactured by the Solabia group.
The AHAVA study showed a ratio dependent high selectivity between the two ingredients in broad protection of skin from PM, toxic metals and ozone.
This was demonstrated on three different in vitro reconstructed human epidermal models.
Nidaria Technology Ltd. is a biotechnology company founded by biotechnology and marine scientists and markets sun protecting products globally.
The company’s advanced research on sun radiation and photodamage to skin is used to develop sun protection products that are safe and effective to humans, yet environmentally safe.
Nidaria’s sun formulations protect skin from chlorine damage in pools and Jellyfish stings as well as sun radiation.
In addition, these products were certified as the first environmentally safe sunscreens by “Friends of the Sea”.
Jellyfish stings are an increasing health concern. According to the US National Science Foundation (NFS), 150 million people are annually exposed to jellyﬁsh. The latter has become the most common concern of the tourist industry in costal resorts.
Nidaria’s sunscreens were clinically test to protect from Jellyfish sting in Stanford Hospital, CA, Israel, Europe and in Field tests in Florida and Latin America.
Water resistant sunscreens generally release 50% of their content to water, contaminating pools and marine environments.
Nidaria’s water repellent sunscreen releases less than 2% of its compounds to sea. The water repellent provides protection to skin from chlorine in pools and prevents UV filters contamination of the coral reefs.
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