Hot Spring Algae Skincare and Haircare | Who Is SARABiO Onsen Probiotic Lab?


Since the ancient times, hot springs have been renowned for their healing effects for ailments such as rheumatism and neuralgia, and also have been popular for their natural beauty enhancing effects. In ancient Rome, for example, hot spring mud was used to heal injured soldiers.

Saravio Cosmetics Ltd. is a Japanese company located in Beppu city whose goal is to recreate these hot spring health and beauty benefits in its skincare and haircare products. Beppu city is one of the most famous hot spring resorts in Oita prefecture in Kyushu (the southernmost of the four main islands of Japan), and therefore Saravio Cosmetics is ideally located to conduct its research on the health and beauty benefits of hot springs.

Saravio Cosmetics uses various hot-spring-derived ingredients in its skincare and haircare products. For example, hydrolyzed yeast extract, hydrolyzed collagen and lactic acid bacillus are some of the ingredients which were developed based on the company's fermentation technology.

RG92 - a Key Ingredient for Healthy, Beautiful Skin and Hair

RG92, a type of algae that resides in hot springs and for which Saravio Cosmetics received Japan Venture Awards 2015, is a hot-spring-derived ingredient discovered by the company. RG92 is prominent among the scientific community and Saravio Cosmetics received the Japan Venture Awards 2015 for this patented ingredient. RG92 is certified as a 100% organic material by Ecocert, one of the world’s largest organic certification organizations.

The core hypothesis behind Saravio Cosmetics' discovery of RG92 was that it was not only the water and mud but also the microorganisms that lurk within the hot spring (i.e., hot spring algae) that produced the various health benefits of hot springs. In an attempt to prove this hypothesis, Saravio Cosmetics conducted extensive research by utilizing the unlimited natural resources of hot springs in Beppu city.

Beppu city has ten of the eleven hot spring types that have been found to be medically effective, and has about 3,000 hot spring sources. Saravio Cosmetics investigated different forms of algae living in these sources. As a result of genetic analysis conducted with the cooperation of researchers at Shinshu University, Saravio Cosmetics discovered four new species of hot spring algae residing in the hot springs of Beppu, and out of these four, it was found out that RG92 had the widest and highest anti-inflammatory characteristics in comparison with other hot spring algae.

It was later discovered that RG92 is not only a highly anti-inflammatory ingredient, but also has high anti-aging effects which alleviate the damage caused by "oxidation" and "glycation." Quite simply: RG92 promotes health and beauty! Furthermore, RG92 was confirmed to be effective against skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis, acne and itchiness, as well as to relieve the pain caused by rheumatism, muscle ache etc. The effectiveness of RG92 has also been repeatedly presented in academic papers at medical associations and has been drawing attention not only in Japan, but also companies visiting from all over the world. Saravio Cosmetics was invited to speak at the Congress of Molecular & Cell Biology on anti-inflammatory properties of RG92 in April 2016.

You can also take a look at this article from Japan External Trade Organization about RG92.

Starter Product: RG92 + FGF All-in-One Gel

For someone who wants to try out the effects of RG92, RG92 + FGF All-in-One Gel is a product that well suits this purpose, because it is a simple, easy-to-use product that works as serum, balancing lotion and moisturizer! Here is how you can use the product:

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1. Wash your face with a gentle face wash to remove excess dirt and to exfoliate pores.
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2. Press the bottle pump between two to three times gently to extract the recommended quantity of all-in-one gel.
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3. Massage the gel into the skin of the target area thinly and evenly to ensure that your skin has maximum exposure to the beauty components.
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4. In addition to using the product for basic skincare, you can also customize your makeup routine by mixing it up with your foundation to produce a beautiful and natural look!

Product Review: RG92 + FGF All-in-One Gel

Learn more about RG92 + FGF All-in-One Gel from Ms. Adaleta Avdic


Saravio Cosmetics has received various awards both domestically and internationally for its research. These awards include: Best Presentation Award at the World Hair Conference in 2013, Higashi-Kuninomiya International Culture Award in 2014 and Japan Venture Awards 2015.

Media Coverage: Story Behind the Discovery of RG92 (English Caption Available)

Saravio Cosmetics has been covered by various types of media, including television, newspapers and magazines. The following is a footage of a Japanese television program that featured Saravio Cosmetics and its discovery of RG92.