TOILETRY bags could become a lot lighter after researchers created ‘dehydrated’ moisturiser in a confetti-like disc.
A tiny packet contains a flat circle of material the size of a pound coin. The product, made from a thin material which feels like paper, needs only a drop of water to become moisturiser – because the product is mostly water.
A process called electrospinning was used to remove oil and water. It means a month’s worth of moisturiser could fit in a tub about an inch (3cm) in diameter.
The product would no longer need preservatives if it was created in this dry form.
Professor Sheng Qi, who made the prototype at the University of East Anglia, said: ‘You could carry this moisturiser in a little paper pouch, like you normally carry a breath mint in your purse.’