The algae family contains over 20,000 different known species, a number of which have been used to treat the skin and hair for thousands of years. Algae has evolved over millions of years, adapting to changes in order to be able to survive and protect itself from environmental dangers, such as UV damage – the same dangers that we face today. Ranging in size from minuscule, single-cell organisms to giant sea kelp, algae has so many great benefits, which is why OROGOLD believes that it is one of the keys to flawless skin.
Certain species of algae contain an extremely powerful regenerative compound called alguronic acid. It is produced by microalgae, and allows these single-cell organisms to regenerate in harsh conditions. In humans, this compound has had similar effects, and has been proven to increase cell regeneration, something that slows down as we age. It also stimulates the production of elastin, which is the protein that gives skin its firmness and elasticity. Aging causes the levels of elastin within the skin to drop by about 1% each year, and this changes the skin’s structure, causing sagging, wrinkles, fine lines, and more. However, OROGOLD advises that in order to experience the full benefits of alguronic acid, it must be used regularly over a longer period of time.
Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) is also found in certain species of algae. This is a bacterial microphyte that stimulates the production of new skin cells within the body. It is also able to give a boost to the immune system, which continues if algae is available to the body on a regular basis. In addition to this, AFA contains a huge variety of protein and minerals, and is said to be six times richer in these than a mother’s milk.
Abyssine is a type of algae that thrives deep down in the ocean, successfully protecting itself from the environment. An active antioxidant, abyssine helps to reduce inflammation within the skin, perfect for puffy eyes, while giving the skin a boost of hydration and antioxidants.
Found in algae such as horsetail kelp and rockweed, alginic acid is able to bind itself to toxins within the body. This then allows the toxins to be removed from the body, rather than continuing to circulate through the blood.
The minerals and trace elements that algae is made up of is almost identical to that of human plasma, meaning that it contains all of the vitamins and minerals that the body needs to stay healthy. This also means that certain types of algae have the potential to rebalance the moisture content within the skin, something that is put off balance all too often. Each species of algae has a variety of different benefits, so OROGOLD recommends doing some research if you have seen an algae listed on an ingredient list, so that you know exactly what properties that species contains.