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Could rare Fullerene will comeback as a hot ingredient in the skincare industry?

April 10, 2023
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Fullerene, also known as buckyballs, are hollow molecules made entirely of carbon in the shape of a ball, ellipsoid, column, or tube. Fullerene are structurally similar to graphite, which is made up of layers of graphene made of six-membered rings, and fullerene contain not only six-membered rings but also five-membered rings, and occasionally seven-membered rings. It was first discovered in 1985 by a team of researchers led by Harry Kroto, Richard Smalley and Robert Curl. The molecule is named after the American architect and inventor, Richard Buckminster Fuller, whose geodesic dome designs inspired its shape.
In recent years, it has become a superstar ingredient in the beauty and skin care industry and continues to gain attention from consumers, which also provides ideas for the product development direction of brand OEM/ODM. Because of its rarity, its role has not been fully exploited and its popularity has declined. How rare are fullerene? What are the functions and applications of fullerene in skin care products? What is the trend of fullerene in the skin care industry? Will it regain its status as a hot ingredient in the skincare industry? Let’s explore together.

Origin and rarity of Fullerene


Fullerene can be found in nature in small quantities, such as in soot and certain types of rocks. In 2010, scientists using the Spitzer Space Telescope discovered that Fullerene exist in outer space, too, and may have provided the seeds of life on Earth. However, most Fullerene used in research and industry are synthesized in a laboratory setting using various methods such as laser vaporization, arc discharge, and chemical vapor deposition. These methods involve creating high temperatures and pressures to force carbon atoms to bond together in the characteristic Fullerene shape. Fullerene have a wide range of potential applications in fields such as electronics, materials science, and medicine due to their unique properties, such as high tensile strength, conductivity, and reactivity.

In recent years, the production of Fullerene has become more efficient and cost-effective, leading to an increase in their availability and usage. However, the cost and difficulty of synthesizing large quantities of Fullerene can still make them relatively expensive compared to other materials. The exact rarity of Fullerene may depend on factors such as the method of synthesis, the desired quantity and purity, and the intended application.

Effects of Fullerene on the skin


Due to its unique properties, Fullerene has been shown to have many potential benefits on the skin. The following are some functions and applications of Fullerene in skin care:

  • 1. Antioxidant ability: According to scientific studies, our body cells are attacked by it at least 73,000 times a day, and 80% of our skin aging problems are caused by free radicals, which cause the loss of skin collagen when they attack skin cells. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can lead to premature aging and other skin problems. Fullerene are powerful antioxidants. When they enter the skin, they quickly adsorb free radicals to the surface. When the amount of free radicals absorbed by fullerene is even, the free radicals will combine and destroy each other, and fullerene will return to their original state and continue to destroy other free radicals. Fullerene is not lost or lost in the scavenging of free radicals, so it can exert its antioxidant power in the skin for a long time. It is the king of antioxidants!
  • 2. Anti-inflammatory: Fullerene, as a nano-sized ultra-small molecule, has strong permeability and can penetrate deep into the skin through pores quickly and effectively. It has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce skin redness and other signs of inflammation. So it’s got another name, Nano Prince.
  • 3. Moisturizing, brightening and oil control: Fullerene increase skin moisture levels and enhance skin’s natural barrier function, helping to prevent water loss. Fullerene have been shown to help brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. When the skin long-term application of fullerene, but also reasonable and harmonious balance of skin growth hormone metabolism, maintain skin water and oil balance, and even can reasonably reduce and inhibit the transformation of pigment generation.
  • 4. Anti-aging: fullerene has been found to stimulate the production of collagen, improve skin elasticity, it can greatly reduce the damage of free radicals to human skin, effectively delay premature skin aging, improve skin moisture and moisturizing ability, enhance skin elasticity, reduce the generation of fine lines and fine lines, while brightening skin tone and moisturizing skin.

Some specific examples of Fullerene being used in skin care include adding it to serums, creams and masks for brightening and anti-aging effects, or using it in sunscreens to provide extra protection against UV damage. Fullerenes are often combined with other beneficial ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, vitamin C, and Niacinamide to enhance skin benefits.

The trend of making a comeback as a star


Looking ahead, the global Fullerene market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 7% during the forecast period (2021-2026). Applications of Fullerene include polymer electronics, antioxidants, Biocatalysts, skin creams, and Biopharmaceuticals. Fullerene also have antiviral properties that inhibit the replication of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and delay the onset of diseases such as AIDS. In Photodynamic therapy, they are used as non-toxic photosensitive compounds that can specifically target malignant or altered cells. In general, Fullerene have good development prospects in electronics, automotive, aerospace, defense, health care, pharmaceutical, cosmetic fields. The biggest driver of this trend is cosmetics.
With the advancement of cosmetic technology, there is an increasing need to use new active ingredients in the development of cosmetics. In recent years, Fullerene C(60) and its derivatives have been extensively tested in cosmetics. Fullerene have a wide range of biological activities. The strong scavenging ability of Fullerene against free radical oxygen (ROS) and its good potential as a Bioantioxidant make it a suitable active compound for preparation of skin rejuvenation cosmetic formulations. The current published evidence of Bioactive Fullerene for cosmetic use and published patent examples have shown that Fullerene in cosmetic technology has a good development trend.

How do I start using Fullerene in my skin care business and daily care?


When it comes to your daily skincare routine, you can choose products based on fullerene.  By using regular products such as creams, toners and serums, the antioxidant, anti-aging effects of this ingredient can be seen after a period of use.


When you want to start a related skin care brand business, you can start from the skin care set, we can help you develop different ingredients, different effects of skin care chain products.  For example, starting with products such as antioxidant and anti-aging skin care sets, with fullerene as the main ingredient, we can customize mature formulations and customize the packaging you need to help you produce high quality products and build brand value.

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