A new Maine skincare product made from a lobster glycoprotein is now available on-line according to a press release recently issued by the two founders of the product: Amber Boutiette and Patrick Breeding.
The two are recent graduates of the University of Maine biomedical engineering school. They have launched Marin Skincare, a startup, that uses a glycoprotein found in lobster as the key ingredient in products for people with eczema, dermatitis, or generally dry, aggravated skin.
The idea for the company and the product was inspired by a very personal need: Amber had struggled for years to find a solution for her own eczema. While working toward his degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Maine, Patrick was involved in finding new biotech applications for sustainable marine resources. Working with some of Maine’s most experienced marine resource industry experts, he discovered the surprising properties of glycoproteins found in lobster for use on the skin. These naturally abundant glycoproteins help repair and protect the lobster outer barrier and inner tissue from physical and environmental stressors, while playing a critical role in balancing the internal health of the lobster. When applied to our skin, they help protect the skin’s barrier, while locking in hydration and minimizing skin moisture loss, which happens when skin is damaged from issues such as eczema.
From that initial discovery, it was a short entrepreneurial leap to begin the work of developing a skincare product that would calm Amber’s eczema flare-ups.
The team pared up with industry renowned skincare chemists and manufacturers to develop their first product, spending months to perfect the formula the pair needed to find a sustainable source of lobster glycoprotein.
Patrick had heard of Luke’s Lobster and gave Luke Holden, its Founder and CEO a call. Immediately, Luke and Patrick were collaborating to develop a method of sustainably and ethically collecting the glycoprotein.
After developing a new supply chain for the glycoprotein, completing product testing and manufacturing, they were able to launch their first product this past week – Termed “Soothing Hydration Cream,” the cream blends their marine glycoproteins with skin hydrating and protecting ingredients (including hyaluronic acid, squalane, shea butter, coconut oil and Vitamin E) and is now available on their website: www.marinskincare.com.
“I’ve gone through countless steroid creams that only made my skin angrier and we’ve finally found a way to keep it at bay. After years of suffering with dry, irritated skin, we made it our mission to bring this relief to others,” said Boutiette in the press release.
mhn.com – well do I remember when my parents were suffering from terminal cancer and kidney failure – one of their biggest issues were dry, itchy skin. I wonder if this product could provide them some relief from those conditions.