Benefits of Algae in Cosmetics: Unveiling the Secrets of How Algae Skincare Products Revitalize the Skin

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At the 2022 in-cosmetics Asia event, the beauty industry achieved impressive innovation and sustainable development results. As a green, eco-friendly, and renewable resource, algae has gradually become a new favorite in cosmetic ingredients. This article compiles literature on the unique benefits of algae to help you understand how to incorporate algae-based materials into your product designs according to skin conditions!

Unique Advantages of Algae in Skin Care

As a natural ingredient, algae is rich in nutrition, including vitamins and minerals, significantly benefiting skin health. It is worth mentioning that algae have multiple effects, such as providing deep hydration, enhancing skin elasticity, soothing and calming the skin, and protecting it from environmental damage. They are particularly suitable for dryness, flaking, and other skin concerns. Many well-known brands have incorporated algae-based ingredients into their skincare products to meet the demand for natural and eco-friendly products.

  • La Mer: Since the 1960s, the brand has made algae a core ingredient, and its exclusive marine extracts effectively help to firm and combat aging skin.
  • Estée Lauder: The brand’s Nutritious Super-Pomegranate Radiant Energy collection features products with various algae-based ingredients, effectively controlling sebum secretion and tightening pores.
  • Biotherm: The brand’s product line includes a range of algae-rich skincare products, such as blue-green algae, green algae, and red algae, each bringing unique skincare effects to the skin.

Designing the Most Suitable Algae Formulations for Specific Skin Concerns

To fully unleash the potential of algae, it is crucial to design the most suitable algae formulations for different skin concerns. Here, we will analyze the effects of various algae ingredients and, through scientific formulation design, make algae the secret weapon for beautiful skin.

Moisture: Long-lasting Hydration

Algae have demonstrated excellent moisturizing effects in multiple studies, mainly due to their abundant bioactive components, such as polysaccharides, polyphenols, and amino acids. Polysaccharides achieve moisturizing results by binding with water molecules, forming a hydrating film, and enhancing the skin barrier function. Amino acids can improve skin elasticity and moisturizing properties (Jesumani et al., 2019; Jesumani et al., 2020; Zhang et al., 2022), thus achieving a hydrated and supple skin effect.

Brightness: Enhancing Skin Radiance

In skin whitening, the flavonoids and polyphenols in algae can promote skin brightening. A study review by Azam et al. (2017) points out that the phytochemicals in brown algae have inhibitory effects on skin pigmentation. Furthermore, research by Jesumani (2019) and CHA et al. (2011) indicates that the active ingredients in algae have potential tyrosinase inhibitory effects, thus achieving the purpose of skin brightening. Therefore, adding algae extracts with flavonoids and polyphenols can help brighten the skin when designing whitening skincare products. Pairing with algae that can counter external factors further protects the skin from UV damage and enhances the whitening effect.

Anti-aging: Creating Smooth and Elastic Skin

Algae are rich in polyphenols, flavonoids, and fatty acids, which help delay skin aging (Thomas & Kim, 2013). For example, brown algae extract has photoprotective properties that can reduce UV damage, slowing skin aging (Pangestuti et al., 2018; Hermund et al., 2022). In addition, algal polyphenols can protect the skin from irritants, reducing wrinkles and aging (Jayawardhana et al., 2023). Therefore, when developing anti-aging skincare products, consider adding algal extracts rich in these ingredients to utilize their anti-aging efficacy fully.

Anti-acne: Restoring Flawless and Radiant Skin

Algae have also been proven to have antibacterial properties (Kamei et al., 2009; Wang et al., 2017; Jesumani et al., 2019), which help inhibit Propionibacterium acnes, thereby reducing the formation of pimples. Therefore, when developing skincare products targeting acne-prone skin, adding algal extracts with these antibacterial properties can help improve the condition of acne-prone skin and promote skin health.

In summary, numerous studies have increasingly confirmed the magical effects of algae in skincare. Choosing the suitable algae formula for specific skin conditions is the key to effective skincare. We have precisely developed three algae formulas: Pink & Green Algae Dual Essence for plumping and firming, Amber Algae Dual Essence for even skin tone, and Blue Algae Dual Essence for tender nourishment. We welcome you to contact us and discuss business opportunities with algae-based skincare!


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