Steven B. Hoath - Cincinnati OH, US
William L. Pickens - Cincinnati OH, US
Martha O. Visscher - Cincinnati OH, US
Richard Randall Wickett - Cincinnati OH, US
Children's Hospital Medical Center - Cincinnati OH
University of Cincinnati - Cincinnati OH
A composition and a method of producing a composition which simulates hydration, cleansing and other properties of native vernix. The composition contains, in one embodiment, hydrated synthetic cells in a lipid matrix to provide properties which are substantially similar to those of native vernix, and may also contain proteins. In one embodiment, the composition contains water-in-oil emulsified particles providing water vapor transport and evaporative water loss properties simulating native vernix. In one embodiment, the composition contains cubosomes/water with up to 30% protein and about 5% lipid to about 30% lipid. The composition may be used to cleanse newborn skin, compromised skin surfaces, as well as normal skin, to provide hydration/barrier function, and other applications.