During a trip back home to Iceland to research local skin care ingredients for Root Science, I discovered one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants, Astaxanthin!
What is Astaxanthin?
Astaxanthin is a powerful natural antioxidant derived from freshwater microalgae. Astaxanthin belongs to the carotenoid family. You may be familiar with lycopene and beta-carotene found in tomatoes and carrots, which are also part of the extensive family of over 600 identified carotenoids. Astaxanthin is also naturally present in seafood and responsible for the red pigment in salmon and shrimp.
Not All Astaxanthin Is Created Equal
Icelandic Astaxanthin is of a superior quality due to Iceland’s pristine environment, free of contaminants and pollution. Astaxanthin is derived from microalgae grown in pure Icelandic glacial water and cultivated using 100% renewable energy. Rigorous quality and sustainability standards make this source of Astaxanthin unprecedented and heavy metal tests are done to ensure safety and purity of each batch. Water quality plays a major role in determining heavy metal content and as well as other contaminants. Because of the exceptional purity of Icelandic water, Icelandic Astaxanthin is the purest man-made source in the world.
Astaxanthin is more powerful than other antioxidants!
Major Antioxidant Power = Major Skin Benefits
Oxidative stress is a major cause for accelerated skin aging and dermal damage. An increase of free-radicals in the body is caused by factors in everyday life such as pollution, UV exposure, diet and unhealthy lifestyle choices, all of which lead to oxidative stress.
Antioxidants counteract the damaging effects of oxidative stress on the skin. Undoubtedly, eating a healthy diet full of antioxidant rich foods on a daily basis is the most effective way to keep oxidative stress at bay and will have a majorly positive effect on your health. However, you can also help protect your skin from oxidative stress is by applying skin care products that contain antioxidants. Of course, not all antioxidants are created equal and some become inactive as time goes on. Astaxanthin’s powerful antioxidant activity along with its superior stability make it an exceptional ingredient for skin care – effectively assisting with prevention and correction of dermal damage associated with oxidative stress.
Astaxanthin Skin Benefits:
— Clinical studies show a reduction in hyperpigmentation, wrinkle formation and collagen breakdown.
— Clinical studies demonstrate Improvement in skin elasticity and moisture content.
— Clinical studies show that Astaxanthin helps prevent UV-induced skin damage.
— Promotes skin health due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
— Astaxanthin is a super antioxidant because it never becomes a pro-oxidant (meaning it is very stable unlike vitamin C) and penetrate both the water and fat soluble part of the cell.
Astaxanthin For Skin: The Bottom Line
Astaxanthin is a clinically evaluated antioxidant with serious skin benefits. Furthermore, this powerhouse ingredient is 100% natural and non-GMO, making it a vital player in an effective skincare routine.
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Disclaimer: The views expressed in this blog are based on personal opinion and experience accumulated over the numerous years of being in the natural skin care industry. The intent of this site is to present information and advice based on personal opinion and experience, and may differ with the experience of those reading this blog. The views and products expressed are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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