Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 19, Nov. Suppl, Issue 2017; Page No.(87-91)

DEVELOPMENT OF CHITOSAN FINISHED BAMBOO WIPES FOR SKIN CARE

T. RASIGHA, J. SRINIVASAN, V. BHANU REKHA, N. KEERTHANA AND A. JANANI

Abstract

Skin operates a complex organ of numerous structures serving vital protective and metabolic functions. Skin care supports the skin integrity including nutrition, avoidance of excessive sun exposure and appropriate use of emollients that enhance appearance. 100% bamboo needle punched nonwovens fabric was prepared and coated with chitosan to develop skin care products. The developed nonwovens have been finished with lime dissolved chitosan using the pad-dry-cure method. Chitosan (g), lime solution (mL) and water (mL) were the variables used in the Box Behnken experimental design (BBD), to optimize the chitosan treatment for the nonwoven fabrics. 15 samples have been developed based on the 15 runs developed in the BBD. All the 15 samples were tested for drop penetration test, air permeability, thickness and wickability which test the suitability of the skin care properties of the wipes. With air permeability as the response parameter, the chitosan treatment has been optimized. 1 g of chitosan dissolved with 50 mL of lime solution in 200 mL of water was optimized as best variables to treat the 100% bamboo nonwoven fabric with chitosan. The antimicrobial activity of this best sample was tested and SEM characterizations were done.

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