Title:
Skin Care Cream Containing Baked Shell Powder and Method of Manufacturing the Same
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A skin care cream can exert strengthened anti-bacterial effects and effects of curing athlete's foot, miliaria, freckles and other skin diseases for a prolonged period of time. The skin care cream is prepared by adding baked powder of highly calcium-containing shells such as dead shells or pearls to and mixing them with a raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream. Preferably, dead shells are baked at temperature between 1,000 and 1,300° C. Preferably, unbaked shell powder is further added to and mixed with a raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream.



Inventors:
Sanada, Kazunobu (Tokyo, JP)
Application Number:
11/884023
Publication Date:
10/30/2008
Filing Date:
02/10/2006
Assignee:
KABUSHIKI KAISHA ASADASYOKAI (TOKYO, JP)
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A61K33/06; A61K8/00; A61K8/96; A61K8/98; A61K35/60; A61P17/04; A61P31/04; A61P31/10; A61Q19/00
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Primary Examiner:
KASSA, JESSICA M
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KANESAKA BERNER AND PARTNERS LLP (ALEXANDRIA, VA, US)
Claims:
1. A skin care cream containing baked shell powder characterized by adding baked powder of highly calcium-containing shells such as dead shells or pearls to and mixing them with a raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream.

2. A skin care cream containing baked shell powder characterized by adding baked powder of highly calcium-containing shells such as dead shells or pearls to the supernatant water obtained by mixing such baked shell powder with water, agitating the mixture and leaving the mixture still and then further adding the addition mixture to and mixing it with a raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream.

3. The skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to claim 1, characterized in that the baked shell powder is baked dead shell powder formed by baking/powdering or baked pearl powder formed by baking/powdering.

4. The skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to claim 1, characterized in that the temperature for baking shells is between 1,000 and 1,300° C.

5. The skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to claim 1, characterized in that unbaked shell powder is further added to and mixed with the raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream.

6. The skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to claim 5, characterized in that the baked shell powder is baked pearl powder and the unbaked shell powder is unbaked pearl powder.

7. A method of manufacturing a skin care cream containing baked shell powder characterized by comprising: a step of baking highly calcium-containing shells such as dead shells or pearls, crushing them to fine powder to obtain baked shell powder; and a step of adding the obtained baked shell powder to and mixing it with a raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream.

8. A method of manufacturing a skin care cream containing baked shell powder characterized by comprising: a first step of baking highly calcium-containing shells such as dead shells or pearls, crushing them to fine powder to obtain baked shell powder; a second step of mixing the obtained baked powder with water, agitating the mixture, leaving the mixture still to obtain supernatant water; a third step of adding the supernatant water obtained in the second step to the baked shell powder obtained in the first step and kneading the addition mixture; and a fourth step of further adding the dough obtained in the third step to and mixing it with a raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream.

9. The method of manufacturing a skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to claim 7, characterized in that the baked shell powder is baked dead shell powder formed by baking/powdering or baked pearl powder formed by baking/powdering.

10. The method of manufacturing a skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to claim 7, characterized in that the temperature for baking shells is between 1,000 and 1,300° C.

11. The method of manufacturing a skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to claim 7, characterized in that unbaked shell powder is further added to and mixed with the raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream.

12. The method of manufacturing a skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to claim 11, characterized in that the baked shell powder is baked pearl powder and the unbaked shell powder is unbaked pearl powder.

Description:

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present invention relates to a skin care cream containing baked shell powder that can suppress or cure inflammations of skin such as athlete's foot, miliaria and freckles and spots and exert anti-bacterial effects and also to a method of manufacturing the same.

BACKGROUND ART

Known skin care creams that can suppress inflammations of skin such as athlete's foot and prickly heat include those produced by mixing mushrooms such as shiitake mushroom with silicon chloride, titanium chloride or zirconium chloride to dissolve them into the chloride and form a solution or by decomposing them with a strong acid to form a solution, adding water, alcohol or glycol to dilute the solution, then adding shell powder to the solution, immersing it in the solution, subsequently drying the shell powder and mixing it with greasy cream. Such skin care creams can cure hay fever, atopic dermatitis and athlete's foot by applying it to the affected part (see, inter alia, Patent Document 1).

Patent Document 1: JP 2004-26785-A

DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION

Problem to be Solved by the Invention

However, the above cited patent document disclosing the known skin care cream only describes the type of shell powder to be used for the product and does not describe any method of manufacturing such shell powder. The inventor of the present invention found that the therapeutic effects of a skin care cream that contains shell powder as an ingredient of a mixture is very weak and its effective period is short when shells are simply crushed for use.

Thus, it is the object of the present invention to provide a skin care cream that contains baked shell powder so as to make it able to exert strengthened anti-bacterial effects and effects of curing athlete's foot, miliaria and other skin diseases for a prolonged period of time.

Means for Solving the Problem

A skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to the present invention is manufactured by baking dead shells or pearls, crushing them to fine powder and adding the obtained baked shell powder to and mixing it with a raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream.

More specifically, according to the present invention, there is provided a skin care cream containing baked shell powder and a method of manufacturing the same as defined below.

(1) A skin care cream containing baked shell powder characterized by adding baked powder of highly calcium-containing shells such as dead shells or pearls to and mixing them with a raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream.

(2) A skin care cream containing baked shell powder characterized by adding baked powder of highly calcium-containing shells such as dead shells or pearls to the supernatant water obtained by mixing such baked shell powder with water, agitating the mixture and leaving the mixture still and then further adding the addition mixture to and mixing it with a raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream.

(3) The skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to (1) or (2) above, characterized in that the baked shell powder is baked dead shell powder formed by baking/powdering or baked pearl powder formed by baking/powdering.

(4) The skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to any one of (1) through (3) above, characterized in that the temperature for baking shells is between 1,000 and 1, 300° C.

(5) The skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to any one of (1) through (4) above, characterized in that unbaked shell powder is further added to and mixed with the raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream.

(6) The skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to (5) above, characterized in that the baked shell powder is baked pearl powder and the unbaked shell powder is unbaked pearl powder.

(7) A method of manufacturing a skin care cream containing baked shell powder characterized by comprising:

a step of baking highly calcium-containing shells such as dead shells or pearls, crushing them to fine powder to obtain baked shell powder; and

a step of adding the obtained baked shell powder to and mixing it with a raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream.

(8) A method of manufacturing a skin care cream containing baked shell powder characterized by comprising:

a first step of baking highly calcium-containing shells such as dead shells or pearls, crushing them to fine powder to obtain baked shell powder;

a second step of mixing the obtained baked powder with water, agitating the mixture, leaving the mixture still to obtain supernatant water;

a third step of adding the supernatant water obtained in the second step to the baked shell powder obtained in the first step and kneading the addition mixture; and

a fourth step of further adding the dough obtained in the third step to and mixing it with a raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream.

(9) The method of manufacturing a skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to (7) or (8) above, characterized in that the baked shell powder is baked dead shell powder formed by baking/powdering or baked pearl powder formed by baking/powdering.

(10) The method of manufacturing a skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to any one of (7) through (9) above, characterized in that the temperature for baking shells is between 1,000 and 1,300° C.

(11) The method of manufacturing a skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to any one of (7) through (10) above, characterized in that unbaked shell powder is further added to and mixed with the raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream.

(12) The method of manufacturing a skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to (11) above, characterized in that the baked shell powder is baked pearl powder and the unbaked shell powder is unbaked pearl powder.

ADVANTAGES OF THE INVENTION

A skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to the present invention can exert strengthened anti-bacterial effects and effects of curing athlete's foot, miliaria, freckles and other skin diseases for a prolonged period of time due to the baked shell powder.

Particularly, the powder particles of quicklime contained in the baked shell powder are coated with a greasy ingredient of the skin care cream so that the quicklime is not reduced to calcium carbonate by carbon dioxide in the air so that the skin care cream is not deteriorated with time. Therefore, the strong germicidal effect of quicklime is maintained for a long period of time.

Additionally, as a skin care cream is applied to the skin surface of human body, both the greasy ingredient and quicklime contact the skin surface microscopically so that only quicklime will not contact the skin surface to irritate the skin.

BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION

Now, the present invention will be described by way of an embodiment along with examples.

Highly calcium-containing shells that can be used for the purpose of the present invention include dead shells and spherical objects such as pearls that grow in shells. Dead shells that can be used for the purpose of the present invention include those of pearl oysters, goldlips, black lips scallops, abalones, oysters and clams.

To manufacture baked shell powder from shells, firstly dead shells or highly calcium-containing shells such as pearls are baked.

In a pre-processing step relative to the baking step, shells are roughly crushed, dried and then put into a baking furnace, where they are baked at 90 to 1,400° C., preferably at 1,000 to 1,300° C. for 60 minutes to 2 hours.

If shells are baked at temperature lower than 1,000° C., at 700° C. for instance, not only the effect of curing dermatitis of the manufactured skin care cream is reduced but also the period for which the cream product remains effective is remarkably curtailed.

If, on the other hand, shells are baked at temperature higher than 1,300° C., the effect of the manufactured skin care cream is not improved. Therefore, it is not desirable to bake shells at such a high temperature because it is only waste of energy.

While baked shell powder may be baked dead shell powder formed by baking/powdering or baked pearl shell powder formed by baking/powdering, the use of a combination of powder of baked pearl oyster shells and powder of baked pearls is desirable according to the results of the experiments conducted by the inventor of the present invention.

A method of manufacturing a skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to the present invention preferably includes: a first step of baking highly calcium-containing shells such as dead shells or pearls, crushing them to fine powder to obtain baked shell powder; a second step of mixing the obtained baked powder with water, agitating the mixture, leaving the mixture still to obtain supernatant water; a third step of adding the supernatant water obtained in the second step to the baked shell powder obtained in the first step and kneading the addition mixture; and a fourth step of further adding the dough obtained in the third step to and mixing it with a raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream.

The baked shell powder is preferably powder of finely crushed shells with a particle size not more than 20 μm, preferably between 1 and 10 μm.

Any ordinary raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream may be used for the purpose of the present invention. Examples of such raw materials include white petrolatum, stearyl alcohol, propylene glycol, polyoxyethylene hydrogenated castor oil, glyceryl monostearate and purified water.

More specific examples of such raw materials include behenyl alcohol, carnauba wax, stearic acid, white bees wax, petrolatum, paraffin, liquid paraffin, squalan, self-emulsifying glyceryl monostearate, phenoxyethanol, 1,3-butylene glycol, sorbit solution, 2-amino-2-methyl-propanol, vitamin A oil, natural vitamin E, pyridoxine dipalmitate, ascorbyl dipalmitate and purified water.

For a method of manufacturing a skin care cream containing baked shell powder according to the present invention, it is preferable to manufacture by adding both baked shell powder and unbaked shell powder to the raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream and mixing them.

The effect of baked shell powder and that of pearl powder to the skin are coordinated when unbaked pearl powder is added.

EXAMPLES

Example 1

Firstly, the skin care cream containing baked shell powder and the method of manufacturing the same that utilized shell powder in Example 1 will be described below.

To obtain baked shell powder, dead shells of scallops, oysters, pearl oysters, abalones or pearls are baked at high temperature of 1,100° C. in a baking furnace for an hour and subsequently crushed to fine powder. Alternatively, dead shells may be crushed to fine powder first and then baked.

The obtained baked shell powder contains minerals including calcium that takes about 98% as well as magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, sulfur, zinc and so on for the balance.

As dead shells are baked at high temperature, they are mostly turned to quicklime (CaO), which is readily dissolved into water when brought into contact with the latter.

The maximum content ratio of such baked shell powder dissolved in water is 0.18%. In other words, strong alkaline water with about pH 12 is obtained simply by putting 2 g of baked shell powder into 1 liter of water.

In this example, pearl oyster shells were used to obtain baked shell powder, which was then added to and mixed with a raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream to produce a cream containing baked shell powder. This will be described below.

Firstly, 10 g of the baked powder of pearl oyster shells obtained in the above-described manner was mixed with 1,000 cc of pure water, which was then stirred and subsequently left sill. After the elapse of a predetermined period of time, the supernatant water of the stirred water was filtered by means of a paper filter to obtain strong alkaline water containing fine baked powder.

150 cc of the strong alkaline water was then added to 1,000 g of a oil-in-water type base material prepared by putting 21 g of white petrolatum, 17 g of stearyl alcohol, 10 g of propylene glycol, 3.4 g of polyoxyethylene hydrogenated castor oil and 0.8 g of glyceryl monostearate into purified water and subsequently 5.75 g of baked powder of pearl oyster shell obtained by sorting out only 10 micron category particles was added to the base material to make it take 0.5% of the total weight. Then, the mixture was kneaded in a kneader to obtain a skin care cream containing shell powder that contained baked powder of pearl oyster shells by 0.62 g. Note that the oil-in-water type base material corresponds to a raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream for the purpose of the present invention.

The prepared skin care cream containing baked shell powder was tested to find that it provided the following advantages when compared with conventional skin care creams prepared by using unbaked shell powder.

Conventional skin care creams prepared by using unbaked shell powder are mostly chemically neutral and their effects of curing athlete's foot and miliaria and anti-bacterial effects are very weak. To the contrary, the skin care cream prepared by adding baked shell powder obtained by baking shells at 1,100° C. was strongly alkaline and provided remarkably enhanced effects of curing athlete's foot and miliaria and anti-bacterial effects.

It is important not to simply bake dead shells but to bake them at high temperature higher than about 1,000° C. The above effects are weak if baked shell powder obtained by baking dead shells at temperature lower than the above cited level, for example at about 600° C., is used and the effects, if any, falls in a very short period of time (several days). To the contrary, it was found the skin care cream of this example maintained its strong effects for more than several years.

Dead shells for producing baked shell powder are not limited to those of pearl oysters and similar effects can be obtained by using shells of scallops, oysters, abalones or pearl oysters.

Example 2

While dead shells of pearl oysters were baked and a skin care cream was prepared by mixing baked shell powder of pearl oysters in Example 1, pearls were used in Example 2.

To obtain baked pearl powder, pearls taken out from shells of pearl oysters or pearl shells are baked at high temperature of 1,100° C. for an hour and subsequently crushed to fine powder. The obtained baked pearl powder contains minerals including calcium that takes about 98% as well as magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, sulfur, zinc and so on for the balance.

As pearls are baked at high temperature, they are mostly turned to water-soluble calcium. The maximum content ratio of such baked pearl powder dissolved in water is 0.18%. In other words, strong alkaline water with about pH 12 is obtained simply by putting 2 g of baked pearl powder into 1 liter of water.

Then, 20 g of the baked pearl powder was mixed with 1,000 cc of mineral water containing no chlorine at all, which was then stirred and subsequently left sill. After the elapse of a predetermined period of time, the supernatant water of the stirred water was filtered by means of a paper filter to obtain strong alkaline water containing only fine baked pearl powder.

50 g of 1% solution of sodium hyaluronate, 6.5 g of baked pearl powder, 1.5 g of 10 micron category unbaked pearl powder, 10 g of glycerin and 7 g of ethanol were put into 200 g of the strong alkaline water and the mixture was kneaded.

The obtained mineral cream base material was kneaded with petrolatum, stearyl alcohol, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, glyceryl stearate and propylene glycol in a kneader for about two hours to obtain a uniform mixture. Note that the kneaded mixture corresponds to a raw material for manufacturing cosmetic cream for the purpose of the present invention.

The skin care cream obtained as a result of the kneading contained 19.57 g of petrolatum, 15.66 g of stearyl alcohol, 9.33 g of propylene glycol, 3.13 g of PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, 3.92 g of sodium hyaluronate, 0.78 g of glycerin, 0.78 g of glyceryl stearate, 0.62 g of baked pearl powder, 0.55 g of ethanol, 0.11 g of pearl powder and an appropriate amount of water.

The skin care cream containing backed pearl powder was tested to find that it provided the following advantages when compared with conventional skin care creams prepared by using unbaked shell powder. Conventional skin care creams prepared by using unbaked shell powder are mostly chemically neutral and their effects of curing athlete's foot and miliaria and anti-bacterial effects are very weak. To the contrary, the skin care cream prepared by adding baked pearl powder obtained by baking pearls at 1,100° C. was strongly alkaline and provided remarkably enhanced effects of curing athlete's foot and miliaria and anti-bacterial effects.

Table 1 below shows the compositions of the skin care creams containing baked shell powder of Examples 1 and 2.

TABLE 1
per 100 g of cream
Example 1Example 2
white petrolatum21g19.57g
stearyl alcohol17g15.66g
propylene glycol10g9.39g
polyoxyethylene3.4g3.13g
hydrogenated castor oil 60
glyceryl monostearate0.8g
baked pearl oyster shell0.62g
powder
glyceryl stearate0.70g
ethanol0.55g
pearl powder (unbaked)0.11g
baked pearl powder0.62g
sodium hyaluronate3.90g
glycerin0.78g
pure water47.02g45.48g

FIG. 1 illustrates the effects of the skin care creams containing baked shell powder.

Alternatively, the pearl layer formed on the inner surface of each dead shell of pearl oyster or each pearl shell may be separated from the shell, baked like the shells and the pearls in Examples 1 and 2 and kneaded to produce a cream. A product that is as effective as or more effective than the products of Examples 1 and 2 can be obtained by way of this alternative process.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING

FIG. 1 schematically illustrate some of the data obtained on the effects of the skin care cream containing baked shell powder of Examples.