The beauty insider's secret for glowing, younger looking skin.
Astaxanthin, is an anti-inflammatory antioxidant that yields radiant skin. It is essential for preventing the visible signs of aging and helping see off wrinkle formation.
Studies have shown that astaxanthin is at least 65 x more potent an antioxidant than Vitamin C & 50 x more effective than vitamin E in neutralising free radicals.
This powerful antioxidant is present in most red-coloured aquatic organisms including salmon, plankton, krill, shrimp, and algae. Commercial astaxanthin is produced synthetically in a laboratory setting.
"I like to think of Astaxanthin as the younger and sexier cousin of vitamin C. Clinical studies show that astaxanthin is anti-inflammatory, treats pigmentation, increases collagen production, and is a potent UV absorber (decreasing UV-induced skin cell damage). I'm obsessed!"
- Dermatologist, Dr Katherine Armour
Benefits of Astaxanthin
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)
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 & 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.
(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). 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
(3). 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
Further Reading on Astaxanthin
Astaxanthin in Skin Health, Repair, and Disease: A Comprehensive Review
Protective effects of astaxanthin on skin: Recent scientific evidence, possible mechanisms, and potential indications.