Are skincare microcapsules mainstream or alternative medicine?

Maybe the question is moot if all we care about is whether these skin therapies work. But for those who prefer alternative therapies based on the idea of getting something "natural," these new products bring technology to natural health:
Tagra has developed a micro encapsulation system that delivers active materials to the skin when they are needed. This is the brave new world of skincare, and also has applications for the dental, and pharmaceutical industries....

So what are microcapsules? Basically they are minute little capsules that can contain a number of natural or chemical substances. In Tagra's case this includes vitamins, evening primrose oil, tea tree oil, retinol, or hippophae oil (sea buckthorn). These tiny encapsulants can be added to any cream or gel, and burst open when they are rubbed in, delivering their contents straight to the skin....

The benefit of these capsules is that they enable manufacturers to use beneficial substances that might otherwise cause problems in a cream or gel. Hippophae oil, for example, has important anti-aging activities, but it is an unattractive red color and it smells unpleasant. When it is added to a cream, the color is not even and the odor is offputting. Put the oil in capsules, however, and they can be added to the cream without any problem. The material is only released when it reaches its target....

It's the same with retinol, which is one of the best anti-aging substances about.
We will see more and more of these uses of technology in the natural skin care and dietary supplements industry, as companies catch on that "natural" remedies and "alternative" therapies can be packaged and delivered in the same, high-tech convenience packaging that fuels the popularity of 'magical substances' like pharmaceutical drugs.
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