Marine algae is becoming increasingly popular in the skin care industry due to their rich bioactive compounds, with different species being incorporated into a wide variety of skin care products. OROGOLD takes a closer look at marine algae, and the benefits that they bring for the skin.
What is Marine Algae?
Marine algae is made up of four main types of seaweed; red algae, brown algae, blue-green algae and green algae. When it comes to the biological composition of algae, these vary significantly, with a broad range of characteristics that cannot be found in any other plant. In addition to being consumed in many parts of the world, marine algae has been used as an alternative form of medicine since ancient times to treat skin related conditions.
Oxidative stress, which is when the body is not able to neutralize and detoxify all the free radicals that are being produced in the body from sun damage, is usually what kicks off the skin aging process, with the final step being the degradation of skin collagen, resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin. Studies have shown that a certain extract from marine algae, Corallina Pilulifera (CPM), is able to prevent the oxidative stress that is caused by UV exposure, keeping the skin’s collagen safe from damage. In addition to this, certain components that have been found in marine brown algae are able to stimulate the production of collagen. This has led researchers to start spending more time on looking at the other potential anti-aging abilities that marine algae has.
Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema, and though it usually affects children, it is becoming increasingly common in adults as well, sometimes only first appearing later on in life. Atopic dermatitis is caused by a damaged skin barrier, resulting in dry and itchy skin that allows allergens to enter, making the problem even worse. Current methods of treating atopic dermatitis are rare, mostly because the ones that are available are extremely expensive. However, scientists have recently discovered certain components derived from marine brown algae that have anti-inflammatory properties, and are able to treat certain skin diseases, including atopic dermatitis.
Currently, most of the research that is being carried out on marine algae has been focussed on just two species; Ecklonia and Eisenia. There are so many more marine algae species that still need to be studied, as they all have the potential to be used for both anti-aging purposes as well as treatments for atopic dermatitis. Scientists are hoping to finally be able to formulate a permanent cure for the skin condition, which would help a huge number of people around the world. However, they also need to take into account how seafood allergies would play into the use of products containing high quantities of components derived from marine algae.
Although much more research still needs to be carried out, OROGOLD is optimistic about the huge role that marine algae is going to play in the future of skin care products. Over the next few years, you are likely to start seeing it pop up on ingredient lists of anti-aging products, and it may not be long before marine algae is able to contribute to a permanent cure for skin conditions that are affecting the lives of many.