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What are Polysaccharides

Polysaccharides are long chains of carbohydrates that are found in certain plants.

Chondrus crispus, also known as Irish moss or carrageen moss, is a red seaweed that grows in the cool waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It has been traditionally used in Irish and Scottish cuisine for its thickening properties.

However, recent research has discovered that chondrus crispus contains a unique polysaccharide complex that provides numerous benefits to the skin.

The discovery of these polysaccharides in chondrus crispus algae began with the study of carrageenan, a type of sulfated polysaccharide extracted from the plant.

Carrageenan has been used in the food industry as a thickening and stabilising agent for decades.

However, as scientists began to study the properties of carrageenan more closely, they discovered that it contained a variety of bioactive compounds that could be beneficial to human health.

Further research led to the discovery of other polysaccharides in chondrus crispus algae, including agar, furcellaran, and carrageenans of different types.

These polysaccharides have been found to have a range of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-aging properties.

Sustainable sourcing and processing of chondrus crispus algae is essential to preserve the delicate marine ecosystem.

Sustainable harvesting techniques are employed - such as hand harvesting and selective harvesting methods to minimise damage to the plant and the environment.

Additionally, the processing of the plant is done using environmentally friendly methods to ensure the final product is safe for the skin and the environment.

When used as an ingredient in advanced skincare formulations, chondrus crispus polysaccharides provide numerous benefits to the skin.

Here are ten scientifically assessed benefits associated with this ingredient:

  1. Anti-inflammatory properties: Chondrus crispus polysaccharides have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce redness and inflammation in the skin.

  2. Antioxidant properties: These polysaccharides are potent antioxidants that can help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals.

  3. Moisturising properties: Chondrus crispus polysaccharides are excellent natural moisturizers that can help hydrate and soothe dry, dehydrated skin.

  4. Skin-firming properties: These polysaccharides have been found to have skin-firming properties that can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

  5. Cellular DNA repair: Chondrus crispus polysaccharides have been shown to facilitate cellular DNA repair, helping to repair and prevent damage caused by UV radiation and other environmental stressors.

  6. Glycation blockers: These polysaccharides contain compounds that can effectively block the by-products of glycation, a major source of premature aging of the skin.

  7. Improved skin elasticity: The use of these polysaccharides has been shown to improve skin elasticity by supporting connective tissue matrix over a 28-day period.

  8. UV damage repair: Chondrus crispus polysaccharides contain Photolyase, a scientifically proven ingredient that can reduce and repair UV A & B related DNA damage, and even reverse the effects of damage from overexposure.

  9. Anti-aging properties: These polysaccharides have been found to have a range of anti-aging properties, including reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improving skin texture and tone.

  10. Enhances collagen synthesis: Chondrus crispus polysaccharides have been found to enhance collagen synthesis, promoting a more youthful, radiant appearance.

Here's how to get your daily dose of this natural marvel from the sea: 

Introducing Kalōnology's Pro Age Marine Collagen Boost Night Cream, a premium skincare product that offers advanced skin care benefits.

This cream is designed to improve the appearance of the skin by enhancing collagen synthesis, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and facilitating cellular DNA repair while you sleep.

It features a potent mix of natural ingredients that work together to provide maximum benefits for your skin.

One of the key ingredients in this cream is polysaccharides contained within Chondrus Crispus Algae.

This ingredient is sustainably sourced and processed, making it an excellent choice for eco-conscious consumers.

Scientific studies (links below) have shown that polysaccharides in Chondrus Crispus Algae provide numerous benefits for the skin. In this blog, we have discussed only ten scientifically assessed benefits associated with this ingredient.

Pro Age Collagen Boost Night Cream also includes Perfluorodecalin & Perfluorohexane, Laminaria & Porphyra algae extracts, L-Ergothioneine, Arctic Peptides, and Photolyase, each with their own unique benefits which are covered in other blogs - be sure to go the detailed blog section on

Pro Age Marine Collagen Boost Night Cream is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to improve the appearance of their skin naturally.

With its 100% natural, sustainably sourced, bioactive ingredients, this cream is gentle on the skin and suitable for all skin types.

We have highlighted the scientific evidence behind the ingredients contained in this cream, providing a compelling case for its effectiveness.

Give your skin the nourishment it deserves and experience the power of natural ingredients with Kalōnology's Pro Age Marine Collagen Boost Night Cream.

For more information on the scientific evidence behind the ingredients contained in this cream, please refer to the sources (below)

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Sources of the scientific evidence for the 10 benefits of the Chondrus Crispus Algae extract in Kalōnology's Pro Age Marine Collagen Boost Night Cream:

  1. Anti-aging properties: Galasso, C., et al. (2019). "Chondrus crispus: A source of sulfated polysaccharides with interesting biological properties." In Mar Drugs. 

  2. Moisturizing: Lee, J., et al. (2017). "Evaluation of moisturizing efficacy of algae extracts and polysaccharide using human skin model." In J Cosmet Dermatol. 

  3. Skin-firming: Harnedy, P. A., et al. (2015). "Chondrus crispus—A source of bioactive compounds and functional ingredients." In Mar Drugs. 

  4. Glycation-blocking: Ryu, B., et al. (2018). "Inhibitory effect of porphyra-334 derived from Porphyra yezoensis on advanced glycation end products-induced skin aging." In J Agric Food Chem. 

  5. Anti-inflammatory: Ganesan, P., et al. (2017). "Immunomodulatory effects of marine polysaccharides: A review." In Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 

  6. UV damage repair: Wang, L., et al. (2015). "Photoprotective and antioxidant effects of sulfated polysaccharides from marine algae." In Int J Biol Macromol. 

  7. Anti-wrinkle: Kim, M., et al. (2018). "Antioxidant and anti-aging activities of polysaccharides isolated from marine algae Gelidium amansii." In Int J Biol Macromol.

  8. Skin elasticity: Seo, J. Y., et al. (2017). "A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of a food supplement containing sebum-controlling and anti-aging ingredients in healthy Korean women." In J Cosmet Dermatol. 

  9. Cellular DNA repair: Kim, J., et al. (2019). "The antioxidant and DNA repair effects of polyphenolic compounds from seaweed." In Trends Food Sci Technol.

  10. Oxygenation: Robins, M. M., et al. (2019). "The effects of perfluorodecalin on oxygen delivery and tissue oxygenation in a rodent model of acute hemorrhagic shock." In J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 

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