“Forever Young” using Algae
As you may have surely heard natural cosmetics is a growing industry manufacturing products with, sometimes, the
best raw materials found in our environment. One of those raw materials is not found inland, but at sea. Skin care companies are finding a new light in processing products using marine active based elements extracted , most commonly, from algae.
The cosmetic industry uses algae as a thickening and water-binding agent as well as an antioxidant. It is rich in vitamins and minerals. Not only does it better general health and wellness but, algae conditions and hydrates the skin while it nourishes, rejuvenates, detoxifies and replenishes minerals. Irish moss and carrageenan (two popular forms of algae) contain proteins, vitamin A, sugar, starch, vitamin B, iron, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper and calcium. These are all useful sources for skin care, either as emollients or antioxidants (Source: Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, Feb 2002, pages 840-845).
Several cosmetic companies have begun to use algae in their products. Different types of algae contain elements that help to firm and moisturize the sin. Algae also helps to reduce puffiness and protects against radiation and other agents that cause harm to the skin. or ex: Samusa, an Italian company, uses alginic acid found in algae in some of their products. Phytomer, a leading spa brand, has studied the effects of algae and its natural properties. They discovered that an active element in algae called coben is the main responsible agent in decreasing and regulating he production of melanin. For this reason a wide range of whitening products have been based on this ingredient. With its ability to regulate and decrease the production of melanin, a whole range of whitening products have been based on this amazing ingredient. This, in turn, reduces skin coloring and lightens hyper- pigmentation spots.
Based on studies and the use of algae in the South Channels of Chile to help fight water pollution the Chilean cosmetics industry took notice of this and has started, after years of research, to use high quality algae in large concentrations in seaweed products . Algae also has the ability to absorb more vitamins, minerals and beneficial substances from their surrounding media. It can also cleanse, tone and soothe the skin and regenerate body tissues, offering a new vitality and helping maintain a youthful appearance. Algae helps to improve circulation, which has a positive effect on areas which accumulate fat. This is why seaweed is used to firm skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite
Extracts can be used in cosmetics in two ways: either as an agent in the preparation of products (for example: as a stabiliser or emulsifier), or as the therapeutic agent itself. Algae extracts integrated into cosmetics is recommended to increase cell dynamism and cell regeneration ability. Algae concentrates when used between 0.5% and 1% in emulsions gels or lotions is ideal in treating skin regeneration, Anti-Aging skin, stimulation of tired skin after sun exposure, cell reorganization foiling peelings and micro-abrasion.
The names of the algae typically found in cosmetics include Ulva lactic, Ascophyllum, Laminaria longicrunis, Laminaria saccharine, Laminaria digital, Alaria esculenta, various Porphyra species, chondrus crisps, and Mastocarpus stellatus. It is also listed plainly as “algae extract”, though current CTFA (Cosmetics, Toiletries & Fragance Association) regulations mandate that manufacturers list the specific type of algae each product contains.
Pieces of seaweed obtained by the grinding and crushing of dried seaweed are also incorporated in products such as face mask, soap bars and shampoos. Other products available containing algae are capillary treatments, capillary creams, eye cream containing omega 3, corporal massage cream, red seaweed shampoo, dietary supplement wit 100% red seaweed, and brown seaweed soap. Dietary supplements can be found for about $30, shampoo for $13, capillary creams for $12.60 approximately and soap for $5.75.
For the most part, algae in their many forms are probably less a risk and more of a help to skin when used as antioxidants. But the claims that algae can stop or get rid of wrinkling are completely unsubstantiated.
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on Nov 17th, 2009 and filed under NATURAL INGREDIENTS
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