Sunscreen products may protect against skin damage caused by UV radiation, but they are ineffective against infrared radiation. Mibelle Group Biochemistry has no developed the new active ingredient, “InfraGuard”, which protects skin exposed to infrared radiation. “InfraGuard” took second prize at the BSB Innovation Awards ceremony in London.

The longer the light waves, the deeper they are able to penetrate into the skin.
Heat radiation, also known as IR (infrared) light, has a much longer wavelength than UV (ultraviolet) and is therefore able to penetrate deeper into the skin.

IR radiation reduces skin cells’ energy production.
IR radiation damages the cell’s own energy centres, the mitochondria, in the deeper layers of the skin. Because this reduces the skin cell’s energy levels, it weakens key processes which renew our skin structure. For example, the important collagen structure does not regenerate sufficiently under IR light. The existing collagen is also increasingly broken down - skin’s firmness and its elasticity sustain permanent damage.

A higher SPF sun cream is not enough
UV filters in sun cream are known to protect against the negative consequences of UV radiation. Unfortunately the formulations are no help against damage caused by IR. In clinical trials we have continually observed that despite using a good quality sun cream (SPF 30), after an extended stay in the sun skin density decreases. We want to counteract this ageing process with a new active ingredient.

InfraGuard - an active ingredient from sunflower seeds sprouts and tannins from a Peruvian tree
In InfraGuard Mibelle Biochemistry has now developed an active ingredient which can demonstrably maintain mitochondrial energy levels, despite solar radiation. The skin is able to operate the skin renewal processes unimpeded and work harder as it has to due to stress or environmental damage. InfraGuard is therefore an ideal complement to sun protection formulations and products which address the causes of premature ageing (UV protection, neutralising free radicals, etc.). It was with good reason that “InfraGuard” took second prize at the BSB Innovation Awards ceremony in London.