Astaxanthin: The Powerhouse Ingredient in Premium Skin Care Formulations
The pursuit of healthy and youthful skin has led to the discovery of numerous potent ingredients in the beauty industry.
One such ingredient that has gained considerable attention is Astaxanthin.
Derived from Haematococcus algae, Astaxanthin is a natural compound known for its exceptional antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
In this blog, we will explore how astaxanthin was discovered, its sustainable cultivation and harvesting methods, its preparation for use in the beauty industry, and its scientifically proven benefits.
We will also delve into two remarkable products, Kalōnology's Advanced Skin Recovery Serum and Advanced Vitamin C Serum, which harness the power of astaxanthin to deliver exceptional skin care results.
Discovery and Sustainable Cultivation of Astaxanthin:
Astaxanthin was first discovered in the 1970s when scientists were investigating the cause of the pink coloration in salmon and flamingos.
They found that these vibrant creatures obtained their hue from consuming Haematococcus algae, which naturally synthesises Astaxanthin as a protective mechanism.
Today, Astaxanthin is sustainably cultivated in controlled environments, such as large-scale algae farms or photo-bioreactors, where the algae are grown under ideal conditions.
These methods ensure a consistent and high-quality source of Astaxanthin while minimising the impact on natural ecosystems.
Preparation for Use in the Beauty Industry:
Once harvested, Astaxanthin undergoes careful extraction and purification processes to obtain a concentrated and stable form suitable for cosmetic use.
The extraction methods can include supercritical CO2 extraction or solvent extraction, ensuring the preservation of the ingredient's beneficial properties.
The resulting Astaxanthin extract is then incorporated into our premium skin care formulations, to provide a wide range of benefits.
Scientifically Proven Benefits of Astaxanthin:
Powerful Antioxidant: Astaxanthin exhibits potent antioxidant activity, neutralising harmful free radicals and protecting the skin from oxidative stress. (Source: Park, J. S., et al. "Astaxanthin decreased oxidative stress and inflammation and enhanced immune response in humans." Nutrition & Metabolism, 2010)
Anti-Aging Properties: Astaxanthin helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, promoting a more youthful complexion. It also supports collagen synthesis, improving skin elasticity and firmness. (Source: Camera, E., et al. "Astaxanthin, canthaxanthin and β-carotene differently affect UVA-induced oxidative damage and expression of oxidative stress-responsive enzymes." Experimental Dermatology, 2009)
UV Protection: Astaxanthin acts as a natural sunscreen, shielding the skin from harmful UV rays and preventing UV-induced skin damage. (Source: Kim, J. H., et al. "Protective effect of Haematococcus astaxanthin on ultraviolet-induced DNA damage." Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2011)
Skin Brightening: Astaxanthin helps even out skin tone, reducing the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. (Source: Tominaga, K., et al. "Cosmetic benefits of astaxanthin on humans subjects." Acta Biochimica Polonica, 2012)
Moisturisation: Astaxanthin promotes skin hydration, improving the skin's moisture barrier and preventing water loss. (Source: Choi, H. D., et al. "Effects of astaxanthin on the production of NO and the expression of COX-2 and iNOS in LPS-stimulated BV2 microglial cells." Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 2008)
Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Astaxanthin exhibits potent anti-inflammatory properties, reducing redness, irritation, and inflammation associated with various skin conditions. (Source: Panahi, Y., et al. "Effect of astaxanthin on inflammation markers and antioxidant defense system in patients with chronic gastritis." Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2011)
Improved Skin Texture: Astaxanthin promotes smooth and supple skin by enhancing cell turnover and reducing the appearance of roughness and uneven texture. (Source: Tominaga, K., et al. "The protective effects of a dietary carotenoid, astaxanthin, against light-induced skin damage." Journal of Dermatological Science, 2017)
Enhanced Skin Elasticity: Astaxanthin helps improve skin elasticity, resulting in a more lifted and toned appearance. (Source: Suganuma, K., et al. "Astaxanthin attenuates the UV-induced up-regulation of matrix-metalloproteinase-1 and skin fibroblast elastase in human dermal fibroblasts." Journal of Dermatological Science, 2010)
Reduces Inflammation from Acne: Astaxanthin's anti-inflammatory properties make it beneficial for reducing inflammation caused by acne and improving the overall appearance of blemish-prone skin. (Source: Lee, D. H., et al. "Astaxanthin inhibits H2O2-mediated apoptotic cell death in mouse neural progenitor cells via modulation of P38 and MEK signaling pathways." Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 2010)
DNA Repair: Astaxanthin helps repair DNA damage caused by environmental factors and oxidative stress, contributing to skin rejuvenation. (Source: Lyons, N. M., & O'Brien, N. M. "Modulatory effects of an algal extract containing astaxanthin on UVA-irradiated cells in culture." Journal of Dermatological Science, 2002).
Potential Side Effects of Astaxanthin:
Astaxanthin is generally considered safe for topical use, with rare reports of any adverse effects. However, individuals with known allergies to seafood or astaxanthin should exercise caution and perform a patch test before using products containing astaxanthin.
Kalonology's Advanced Skin Recovery Serum is a cutting-edge formulation that combines powerful ingredients to repair and restore damaged skin.
The inclusion of Perfluorodecalin and Perfluorohexane, liquid oxygen compounds, optimises skin metabolism and accelerates skin renewal.
Vitamin C and E oils, along with Astaxanthin, provide potent antioxidant protection and promote a youthful and radiant appearance.
The serum's effectiveness is enhanced when used alongside other products in the Pro-Age Marine range, showcasing its remarkable ability to improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The Advanced Vitamin C Serum by Kalōnology is a high-performance product enriched with astaxanthin and a concentrated 11% weight of stable Vitamin C.
This serum not only brightens skin tone but also serves as a non-irritating moisturiser, resulting in firmer, brighter, and healthier-looking skin.
With the addition of Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitamin E, and other marine and botanical extracts, this serum is an exceptional addition to any skincare routine.
Astaxanthin has rightfully earned its place as a powerhouse ingredient in premium skin care formulations.
Its scientifically proven benefits, including antioxidant protection, anti-aging properties, UV protection, and DNA repair, make it a valuable addition to any skincare routine.
Kalōnology's Advanced Skin Recovery Serum and Advanced Vitamin C Serum harness the power of Astaxanthin, offering exceptional results in repairing and restoring damaged skin while promoting a youthful and radiant appearance.
Embrace the transformative benefits of Astaxanthin and unlock the potential for healthier, more vibrant skin.
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