Sea anemone venom can soothe skin discover researchers

The home to clown fish can now be used to calm skin and protect from environmental stresses

Sea anemone venom is the latest ingredient being used by cosmetics formulators to soothe inflamed skin.

Popularly known for being a home to clown fish, the soft sea anemone produces a venom to immobilise prey and protect itself from predators.

But a team of researchers has discovered a protein in the venom that can block the TRPV1 pain receptor gene in humans.

The development means that moisturisers could calm any irritated area of the skin and enable the skin to become more resistant to environmental stresses.

Teams at UK-based Venomtech and Swiss lab Mibelle Biochemistry claim that a single use of the SensAmone P5 will reduce sensitivity within two hours.

The study also found that if the protein is used twice a day for 28 days sensitivity is reduced by more than 26% in the long term.

A spokesperson for Venomtech said: “Many marine species have not yet been extensively studied. This makes new findings that propose beneficial effects for us highly interesting for the cosmetics industry.”

The official launch will be at in-cosmetics Global next week in London.

The researchers hope to find manufacturers and distributors to buy the active ingredient to turn into market-ready products.

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