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What is Fullerene? 5 Things You Need to Know About The Powerful Skincare Ingredient

In case you haven’t heard the big news, Rael recently launched its latest skincare product: the Good Chemistry Kit. The kit includes the Good Chemistry Advanced Antioxidant Serum as well as the innovative Moisture Melt Snowball both made naturally derived ingredients and without any harmful chemicals. Together, the products are designed to majorly hydrate your skin and boost its radiance, texture, and tone. The magic behind the Antioxidant Serum lies in a small, but mighty, ingredient known as fullerene. Fuller what? If you’ve never heard of fullerene, no worries. Here, we’re breaking down the five top things you need to know about this powerful antioxidant.

1. It’s extremely tiny, but that’s a good thing.

Fullerenes are newly discovered molecules that are made up of 60 linked carbon atoms arranged in the shape of a soccer ball. They are super tiny. We’re talking 0.7 nano-meters. But don’t let their small size fool you, they are powerful. Because of their small size, the skin can more easily absorb them. They also assist other ingredients in penetrating deeper into the skin as well so you really reap all the skin-enhancing benefits.

2. Fullerene won a Nobel prize—no big deal. 

Researchers Sir Harold W. Kroto, Richard E. Smalley, and Robert F. Curl Jr. discovered the first fullerene molecule in 1985 while studying carbon atoms. They later went on to win a Nobel prize in chemistry in 1996 for their discovery which just goes to show you how noteworthy fullerene is.

3. It will transform your skin.

Fullerene offers many skincare benefits. Because it is an antioxidant, it helps protect the skin against free radicals which are one of the key causes of aging and various diseases including cancer. It essentially soaks up these pesky free radicals like a sponge so they don’t damage your skin. In addition, it helps prevent breakouts and acne by balancing the oil production of your skin. It also tightens your pores, improves skin texture, reduces redness, and brightens the skin by suppressing the production of melanin. Need we say more?

4. It’s 172 times more potent than vitamin C.

If you’re a self-professed skin care junkie, chances are you’ve heard of vitamin C. It’s in tons of skincare and beauty products and with good reason: It works wonders for your skin. Well, fullerene is like vitamin C but better. It boasts 172 times the potency of vitamin C. Yes, you read that right. 172 times!

5. It’s rarely used in skincare products.

Now, you’re probably thinking: Fullerene sounds amazing! Why isn’t it more commonly used in skincare ingredients? For one, it’s a pretty pricey ingredient. And two, fullerene is a carbon compound that isn’t water-soluble which makes it tricky to blend into products but we found a way to make it work. We created a “radical sponge” which is a water-soluble derivative that allows fullerene to be used in skincare formulas.

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