THE ANTIOXIDANT 65 X MORE POTENT THAN VITAMIN C

THE ANTIOXIDANT 65 X MORE POTENT THAN VITAMIN C

Does your skincare routine include Astaxanthin?

This skin game changer has been flying under the radar for some time now, but with convincing clinical data, we think it’s time for it to shine. Both in vivo and in vitro studies have demonstrated that Astaxanthin is a promising ingredient to treat and prevent skin aging.

WHAT IS IT?

Astaxanthin is a potent antioxidant known as a carotenoid, found in various foods. It has a natural red/orange colour and is actually what gives our two new products, Radiance Reset and Luminosity their gorgeous hues.  It is up to 65 x more potent an antioxidant than Vitamin C, without the limiting side effects.

Dr Katherine Armour explains "when [astaxanthin is] topically applied, brighter, more luminous skin is a given.  I know it’s controversial to knock a well-established ingredient like Vitamin C.  But, my decision to formulate with Astaxanthin rather than Vitamin C comes from its potency as well as my clinical experience as a dermatologist. Vitamin C is one of the most frequent causes of periorificial dermatitis that I see."

  

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

 

1. Improves the DNA repair capacity of cells exposed to UV.

 A 2018 study found that astaxanthin has been reported: "to improve the DNA repair capacity of cells exposed to UV radiation."  In other words, it may slow the growth of skin cancer cells, and slow extrinsic aging.” (1)

2. Protects the skin against free radicals

Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant and is sometimes referred to as the “strongest antioxidant in nature.” Free radicals, also known as reactive oxygen species (ROS), are highly connected to skin aging. Astaxanthin “effectively suppresses cell damage caused by free radicals and induction of MMP-1 in skin after UV irradiation.”(2) This essentially means, astaxanthin neutralises free radicals and renders them useless, protecting the skin and reducing the development of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. To read more about free radicals and their impact on the skin click here.

3. Improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improves skin elasticity.

4. Helps to combat dryness

Some studies have mentioned the effectiveness of astaxanthin in improving the moisture content of the skin and prevent trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). (3) 

5. Anti-inflammatory

Astaxanthin has also been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties. It has been shown to reduce skin redness, sensitivity, and inflammation. Making it an ideal antioxidant for those with sensitive skin who cannot tolerate Vitamin C.

6. Reduces pigmentation and age spots

A decrease in age spot size was reported by participants in a 2012 study that trialled a combination of both topical and oral astaxanthin on skin health.

 

I'D LIKE TO DO FURTHER READING, CAN YOU LINK ME TO SOME STUDIES?

Absolutely!

 

Astaxanthin in Skin Health, Repair, and Disease: A Comprehensive Review

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5946307/

 

Protective effects of astaxanthin on skin: Recent scientific evidence, possible mechanisms, and potential indications.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jocd.13019

 

 

 

 

  1. Davinelli, Sergio et al. “Astaxanthin in Skin Health, Repair, and Disease: A Comprehensive Review.” Nutrients 10,4 522. 22 Apr. 2018, doi:10.3390/nu10040522
  1. Davinelli, Sergio et al. “Astaxanthin in Skin Health, Repair, and Disease: A Comprehensive Review.” Nutrients 10,4 522. 22 Apr. 2018, doi:10.3390/nu10040522
  2. Singh, KN,  Patil, S,  Barkate, H.  Protective effects of astaxanthin on skin: Recent scientific evidence, possible mechanisms, and potential indications. J Cosmet Dermatol.  2020; 19: 22– 27. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocd.13019

 

 

 

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