Presentation Title

SPF Estimation of Natural Oils, Butters and Creams

Presenter Status

Chief Technician, Department of Chemistry

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Session

C

Location

Chan Shun 108

Start Date

19-5-2017 11:20 AM

End Date

19-5-2017 11:40 AM

Presentation Abstract

The use of natural products in the treatment of disease has been an important component of medicinal therapy for centuries. Indeed, for many centuries, drugs were entirely of natural origin and were composed of herbs, animal products and inorganic materials. Depending on the mode of preparation, these drugs could have been applied topically (suspended in a base) or taken internally. The interest in natural products continues to grow as people are not only concerned about avoiding synthetic compounds in medicines but are also seeking more natural foods, and there is also a growing interest in natural skin-care formulations as well. In this study, eleven different plant oils, five butters and their combinations were investigated for their sun protection factor (SPF), with a view to determining which oil/butter combination is most efficient and effective at shielding one from UVA and UVB rays. Also, two plant extracts of saffron and turmeric and homemade face creams made with these oil/butters were examined for their SPF activity. A UV Checker was used to monitor the UV Irradiance of the various samples.

Biographical Sketch

I completed my Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry – Natural Product Research in 2013. During the course of study, 4 plant extracts from Mollinidia and Croton were examined resulting in the isolation of some seventeen (18) compounds of which four (4) were novel. Natural product work has since continued with Solanum stramoniifolium of the Solanaceae family (collaboration with researchers in the Check Republic). Most recently, we have started testing various natural oils for their SPF activity.

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SPF Estimation of Natural Oils, Butters and Creams

Chan Shun 108

The use of natural products in the treatment of disease has been an important component of medicinal therapy for centuries. Indeed, for many centuries, drugs were entirely of natural origin and were composed of herbs, animal products and inorganic materials. Depending on the mode of preparation, these drugs could have been applied topically (suspended in a base) or taken internally. The interest in natural products continues to grow as people are not only concerned about avoiding synthetic compounds in medicines but are also seeking more natural foods, and there is also a growing interest in natural skin-care formulations as well. In this study, eleven different plant oils, five butters and their combinations were investigated for their sun protection factor (SPF), with a view to determining which oil/butter combination is most efficient and effective at shielding one from UVA and UVB rays. Also, two plant extracts of saffron and turmeric and homemade face creams made with these oil/butters were examined for their SPF activity. A UV Checker was used to monitor the UV Irradiance of the various samples.