Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 258–263 | Cite as

Wood Powder as a New Natural Sunscreen Ingredient

  • Sang Cheon Lee
  • Sang Hyun Lee
  • Keehoon WonEmail author
Research Paper


With increasing interest in ultraviolet (UV) protection, many efforts have been made to replace synthetic UV filters in sunscreens with natural materials. Wood is a highly scattering natural material mainly due to its cellular structure and can also absorb light through its components such as lignin. In this work, we first apply wood powder obtained from fine grinding of wood as an UV-shielding additive in sunscreens. The powders originating from softwood, hardwood, and waste wood were characterized using photography, color analysis, size analysis, and FTIR spectroscopy. Effects of its addition to a commercial sunscreen on UV-blocking performance were also examined. The wood powders were light in color unlike technical lignin, and when they were added to the sunscreen, they could enhance the sun protection factor (SPF) value significantly. In particular, the softwood powder increased the SPF value more than threefold at a concentration of 5 wt%.


wood powder sunscreen sun protection factor (SPF) color lignin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Biochemical EngineeringDongguk University-SeoulSeoulKorea
  2. 2.Department of Biological EngineeringKonkuk UniversitySeoulKorea

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