What is Porphyra:
Porphyra is a cold water seaweed which grows in the shallow, cold waters of temperate Oceans. It belongs to red algae phylum of laver species.
Red algae has been studied intensely by Universities and Scientists over the years. Benefits are well documented and we're still learning from this amazing plant.
We are going to touch on just a few of the more impressive benefits related to this amazing species - we will update it from time to time.
Evidence shows it's carbohydrates better preserve moisture in the skin and prevent dehydration when compared to Hyaluronic Acid.
Fights acne: High levels of beta-carotene are present which the body converts to Vitamin A (Retinol)
Topical Retinol is a highly effective anti-microbial treatment against acne. The American Academy of Dermatology states “retinoids are the core of topical therapy for acne because they are comedolytic - inhibits the formation of blemishes, resolve the precursor micromedone lesion [visible acne lesions], and are anti-inflammatory"
Topical retinoids promote epidermal turnover and reduce skin pigmentation, inhibiting the transfer of pigmentation to other tissues. This helps to reduce discoloration and uneven skin tone leading to hyperpigmentation.
Additionally, as an antioxidant, Vitamin A protects from free radicals and prevents the buildup of excess oil that results in acne.
Red algae extract also has preservative agents present which help prevent contamination of the skin from various harsh environmental factors such as pollution.
Diminishes fine lines: Age and sun damage and other harsh environmental exposure accelerate excess oxidation and fine lines appearing on the face. In addition to fighting acne and diminishing clogged pores, research shows that topical retinol, when applied up to three times a week for a period of 24 weeks, reduces the appearance of wrinkles by retaining moisture in the skin and increasing collagen production.
A study conducted by researchers in a Korean University tested the effectiveness of red marine algae, specifically with regards to the production of collagen. They found that Pyropia yezoensis peptide (PYP1-5) increased collagen production by activating the transforming growth factor signalling pathway without affecting cell viability.
Other benefits of red algae for skin include using extracts from the Meristoheca dakarenis and Jania rubens species to produce collagen synthesis and keratin used for anti-aging products. Algae also has organic anti-aging properties, including astaxanthin, which improves skin elasticity, leaving it more soft and supple. It also helps to repair cell damage to preserve healthy skin.
Reduces Redness: Skin redness caused by inflammation is a common condition and can happen to anyone. It can be caused by an allergic reaction or bacterial infection. It often results in itchiness, dryness, and chronic inflammation and can often be painful too. Inflammation is a symptom that a part of the body is irritated or out of balance. Algae helps to create a calming environment through anti-inflammatory properties, reducing redness or blotchiness.
Porphyran, a polysaccharide extracted from red algae, has shown potential anti-inflammatory, skin whitening, and pain relief activities. Porphyran suppresses nitric oxide production, which can cause tissue damage associated with chronic inflammation when there’s too much present in the body.
Anti-Melanogenic: Ongoing research conducted in Japanese Universities shows evidence of anti-cancer effects related to metabolites found in algae. Topical application of Fucozanthin significantly reduces the size of skin cells affected by UVB rays which largely contribute to the risk associated to skin cancer.
We have known about the amazing health benefits related to algae species for thousands of years - Sadly, most of us lost this knowledge once mainstream commercialisation took over. Now we're re-discovering the wonders of these plants and you're skin will love it!
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