A major Japanese chemical and pharmaceutical company, Teijin, has developed ‘wearable cosmetics’ line combines clothing, moisturizer
According to The Asahi Shinbun today, Teijin Ltd. has developed the first “wearable cosmetics” clothing range that promises to actively soften the skin with fabric soaked in an ingredient used in beauty products.
The line will consist of six garments, Teijin announced on 30 Nov. The manufacturer says the products, including women's undergarments and arm covers, help retain skin moisture to prevent dryness and roughness.
The products will be sold under the Raffinan brand at the company’s online shop and other outlets starting around March 2016.
Additionally, sports gear giant Descente Ltd. also announced on 30 Nov that it will market a new clothing line of seven items that incorporates the Teijin garments from March 2016.
According to Teijin, the clothes are made from polyester fibres infused with malic acid, a common ingredient in skin-care products that helps maintain a mildly acidic skin surface--the right condition for a healthy complexion.
Teijin researchers have perfected a technique to make the fibre retain most of the malic acid even after 50 washes.
In May Teijin obtained a license for manufacturing and sales of the wearable cosmetics garments from the Tokyo metropolitan government based on the pharmaceutical and medical device law.
A Teijin spokesperson said that the manufacturer is the first company in Japan to acquire such a permit for manufacturing cosmetics in the form of clothing.
The products, which will be priced between 1,500 yen (US$12) and 4,000 yen, are aimed at women in their 30s and 40s.
Teijin will also pitch the fabric for use by other clothing makers.
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