RMUTT Researcher Successfully Discovers ‘Lotus Stem Cell’ to Add Value to Cosmetics and Penetrate Both Thai and International Markets
An RMUTT researcher has successfully developed a ‘lotus stem cell’ to create value to Thai medicinal plants, highlighting its whitening and anti-wrinkle properties, and receiving a gold medal and special prize at the International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva, Switzerland. This discovery may further lead to cosmetic inventions to enhance beauty and be distributed both domestically and internationally.
Dr. Chanai Noysang, Deputy Director of RMUTT’s Institute of Research and Development, and professor in RMUTT’s Thai Traditional Medicine College, the creator of this research, revealed that he had researched lotus stem cells to develop cosmetic inventions for beauty purposes. The reason why he chose to study lotuses was because they are medicinal plants that have been used as ingredients in medicine and used for healing for a long time. Lotuses have also been a source of food for Southeast Asians for many centuries. Furthermore, the lotus is a symbol of purity in Buddhism and Hinduism. Almost every part of the lotus may be extracted and its bioactive compounds may be used as ingredients to create cosmetic products. However, there are still regulations in terms of lotus’ raw materials as the process of growing lotuses may lead to chances of contamination via chemicals or pesticides.
From researching information about Thai wisdom, it was found that the lotus has beauty beauty benefits and is traditionally used. Hence, Dr. Chanai Noysang has decided to further conduct research by cultivating lotus stem cells that have not been contaminated by toxic material and heavy metals. The lotus stem cells that are active are extracted to yield bioactive compounds and add value to Thai wisdom by developing cosmetic products in the form of an emulsion, which has the ability to inhibit Elastase enzyme activity, resulting in wrinkle reduction. Tyrosinase and dopa oxidase aids in whitening the skin, does not cause skin irritation, and enables the skin to maintain its stability for two years under various temperatures and conditions.
“The key benefits of the lotus stem cell extract product can be divided into two main groups. The whitening group, such as lotus cell culture serum helps nourish the face and neck, increase skin clarity, and is suitable for Asians that reside in hot environments and put on lotion. The second group is firming, such as the lotus regenerise complex, which helps nourish the face and area around the eyes. It will aid in making wrinkles look shallower, smoother, and retain water on the skin, comparable to having a natural source of water for moisturizing the skin” explains Dr. Chanai Noysang.
Moreover, Dr. Chanai Noysang said that the resultant product from this research is commercially viable and can add value by becoming a cosmetic innovation made from lotus stem cell extract. He has cooperated with Dreamer Solution Co., Ltd. to produce and distribute the product to both domestic and international markets under the Dreamer brand. The product has been particularly distributed to countries in the Middle East and has been well received in spa businesses in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as it is used for health and beauty. It has also been used in China and Laos. Most recently, the lotus stem cell extract product has received a Gold Medal in the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva, Switzerland and a Special Award On Stage in The Korea Invention A Promotion Association that was organized in Geneva, Switzerland as well.
“Creating value for lotuses through conducting research and finally developing a cosmetic product, which has gone through scientific and technological processes, and international competitions and awards, will create confidence in the quality of the product for consumers; I also aspire to see Thai medicinal plants be more established in the industry” Dr. Chanai Noysang concluded.