Recent progresses in application of fullerenes in cosmetics

Recent Pat Biotechnol. 2011 Aug;5(2):67-73. doi: 10.2174/187220811796365707.


Cosmetic industry is a fast growing industry with the continuous development of new active ingredients for skin care products. Fullerene C(60) and its derivates have been subject of intensive research in the last few years. Fullerenes display a wide range of different biological activities. Strong antioxidant capacities and effective quenching radical oxygen species (ROS) made fullerenes suitable active compounds in the formulation of skin care products. Published evidence on biological activities of fullerenes relevant for their application in cosmetics use and examples of published patents are presented. Recent trends in the use of fullerenes in topical formulations and patents are reviewed. Future investigations covering application of fullerenes in skin care are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-HIV Agents / pharmacology
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology
  • Cosmetics / chemistry
  • Cosmetics / pharmacology*
  • Cytoprotection / drug effects
  • DNA Cleavage / drug effects*
  • Fullerenes / chemistry
  • Fullerenes / pharmacology*
  • Humans
  • Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Interactions
  • Neuroprotective Agents / pharmacology
  • Patents as Topic
  • Reactive Oxygen Species / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Reactive Oxygen Species / metabolism
  • Spectrum Analysis


  • Anti-HIV Agents
  • Antioxidants
  • Cosmetics
  • Fullerenes
  • Neuroprotective Agents
  • Reactive Oxygen Species