Marine Algae For Anti-Ageing

We love researching and incorporating innovative ingredients such as Marine Algae Extract into our skincare so we thought it would be worthwhile to write a blog post about the use of marine algae in skincare.

Marine algae is one of the most abundant sources of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Marine algae is comprised of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, amino acids, minerals and flavonoids. 

Neutralises Free Radicals

Neutralising free radicals is the biggest role that algae plays in anti-ageing skincare. Free radicals are big culprits for accelerating the ageing of the skin.

One way to overcome ageing of the skin is by applying anti-oxidants which counteract Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) cause oxidative stress which in turn leads to the accelerated ageing of the skin and wrinkles. Algae is one of these anti-oxidants that has great potential when it comes to decreasing oxidative stress in the skin.

Algae is amazing for brightening the skin and evening out skin tone. One of algae’s biggest claims to fame is its ability to lift hyperpigmentation, including acne scars and dark circles. 

Reduces Water Loss

Algae has been show to reduce levels of transepidermal water loss (TEWL) in human skin while increasing skin moisture. Transepidermal water loss (TEWL) is water lost through the dermis and epidermis which reduces the moisture content of the skin. This algae improves skin barrier function and in turn helps the skin retain moisture. Having plump moisturised skin is key for skin to looking youthful, healthy and radiant. 

Future Possibilities of Marine Algae In Skincare

There are many skincare possibilities when it comes to algae. For instance, the red seaweed Porphyra umbilicalis has been shown to act as a natural sunscreen in some marine organisms thus is being researched by sunscreen manufacturers. This type of algae has built up this sun resistance as it lives in shallow water or on the beach where it is exposed to extreme UV radiation.

There are countless possibilities when it comes to utilising marine ingredients in skincare. After all, over 70% of the world is covered by ocean which comprises 90% of the planet's organisms. Many of these marine organisms have skincare potential as they produce amazing active compounds.

Thank you so much for checking out our skin journal for skincare information. 

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