Your skin is under constant attack by UV rays, stress, free radicals, pollution, and poor nutrition. All of these factors simply make your skin age faster. This is not normal.
Fortunately, a blood-red pigment from tiny marine algae can step in to restore skin health in the face of modern age-inducing damage. This pigment, astaxanthin, is rapidly becoming a superstar ingredient in the cosmetic industry.
How to Restore Your Skin’s Natural Beauty
Wrinkles, dryness, “age” spots or other skin problems make skin look older than it should.
- The most common cosmetic products for aging skin include gels, creams, ointments, and makeup.
- More drastic approaches include painful and expensive injections and even surgery.
Such treatments temporarily hide the underlying problems. They don’t tackle the principal causes of accelerated skin aging.
Free radicals are a major cause of skin damage.
They affect all layers of the skin, from the visible surface to the delicate deeper layers where new skin cells are formed. The result is chronic inflammation. The integrity of skin essentially succumbs to an internal chemical bonfire.
Restoring skin health depends on quenching the fire within. Healthy skin is the foundation for its natural beauty. This is where the value of astaxanthin lies. It is a powerful antioxidant with potent anti-inflammatory effects.
Indeed, astaxanthin provides a much greater antioxidant punch than other natural ingredients. Head-to-head laboratory testing reveals that it has up to 6,000 times the power of vitamin C, 800 times that of CoQ10, and 550 times that of vitamin E (2016).
That’s not all.
Test-tube comparisons are one thing.
What astaxanthin does once it gets into skin is where its healing powers do their work for restoring skin health and beauty.
Natural Role of Astaxanthin
Certain microscopic green algae (Haematococcus pluvialis) produce astaxanthin in response to stress. Specifically, they turn red with astaxanthin when they are exposed to high intensity UV light.
The discovery of their ability to produce astaxanthin under such stress was the basis for a U.S. patent for producing this pigment in high amounts (2000). The algae produce astaxanthin as a protective mechanism against environmental stress.
The protective role of astaxanthin begins with the algae and extends up the food chain to krill, arctic shrimp, crustaceans (shrimp, crab, lobsters), and salmon.
The natural role of this antioxidant red pigment is the foundation for its application to skin health.
Astaxanthin in Skin Repair
Scientists have discovered that astaxanthin does much more than protect against skin damage from environmental stress.
It also reverses skin deterioration. It does so in multiple ways (2002). These include:
- DNA repair,
- induction of antioxidant enzymes, and
- inhibition of enzymes that degrade collagen.
Collagen is the main structural protein in skin that determines its underlying integrity.
A wealth of studies on the benefits of astaxanthin have attracted so much attention from the medical community that its role in skin health was the subject of a recent major scientific review (2018).
Key studies cited in that review point to the ability of astaxanthin to rebuild skin structure in repairing wounds, to boost the immunoprotective role of skin cells, to regulate levels of inflammatory hormones, and to suppress the formation of reactive oxygen species (i.e., ROS) (2012).
Additional Benefits for Skin Health
In human clinical studies, astaxanthin leads to significant improvements in several measures of skin aging. These include:
- “crow’s feet” wrinkling,
- age spot size,
- elasticity, texture, and
- moisture content (2012). Results confirm these outcomes in women as well as in men.
Topical application of astaxanthin offers multiple skin benefits and provides a new dimension for anti-aging technology.
It is clearly a rising superstar for skin rejuvenation.