Krakόw scientists create world’s first 100% natural sunscreen, with one application lasting the whole holiday
Scientists from the Jagiellonian University of Krakόw have developed the world’s first effective and entirely natural sunscreen with only one application needed for several days of protection.
Developed by a team headed by Professor Marcin Majka and Dr Ryszard Grzybek, the pioneering product, which is made entirely from natural melanin promises to be safe, effective as well as environmentally friendly.
It will also offer longer-lasting protection as unlike traditional synthetic sun creams which don’t penetrate into deeper layers of the skin because the chemicals used in them would be harmful to health, the natural melanin sunscreen goes deeper into the skin, making it last longer.
It also means the sunscreen won’t have to be reapplied after going into the water.
Speaking to daytime Polish TV programme Dzien Dobry TVN, Professor Majka said: “ [Melanin] is an entirely natural substance, which nature created in order to protect our cells from mutations connected with UV radiation.
“Our cream, which is based on melanin and melanosomes will be absorbed by deeper layers of the skin and thanks to that, will be protected from being washed off.”
According to its creators, the product’s effectiveness should be counted in days. Majka said: “We are still testing the circumstances of using cosmetics containing melanin, but we can safely say that you can apply the cream once before setting off on your holiday and it should be enough.”
Due to its entirely natural composition, the cream will also be environmentally friendly.
With traditional sun creams, when people go into the sea, the chemicals on the skins surface are washed into the sea and can impact on marine ecosystems; the natural melanin sun cream would remove chemical pollution of the sea in this way.
After completing the laboratory testing phase for its product and managing to successfully demonstrate that its production can be scaled up for commercial production purposes, the team are now looking for investors to help them prepare a prototype product and bring it to market.