Algae Cosmetics: Pond Scum Never Looked So Good.
Algae cosmetics and its extracts have a long history of being used as body wraps and baths.
Algae cosmetics were used for the relief of painful muscles and joint conditions. Algae extracts were used in treating eczema and prostatic swelling. Marine algae species are a rich source of minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants and trace elements which are important in maintaining healthy skin and a healthy body.
One application that is worth considering from a business perspective in which widespread us of algae is in the manufacture of cosmetics. Needless to say the cosmetics market is huge and growing strong. With more and more consumers preferring natural and organic cosmetics, this market is set to grow. Algae cosmetics are used in products such as,
- algal flakes,
- algal oil,
- algal powder and
- algal flour.
Cosmetics that could be produced from algae include
- algal soaps,
- algal clay mask,
- algae beauty serum,
- algal beauty oil,
- algal oil/salt scrub,
- algal whole cell shampoo and conditioner,
- algae anti-ageing creams and so on.
The metabolites produced by macro alage are biologically active and are now used in the cosmetic industry. Cosmetic uses of algae derived products are based on their anti-inflammatory and healing properties on the skin.
Algae are widely used in cosmetic preparations i.e. face wash, creams, lotions, shower gels, shampoos, soaps and body scrubs as they hydrate the skin and have a natural detoxification effect.
Minerals contained in algae restore skin balance and produce a calming effect. Mild exfoliation of the skin is also achieved by the use of algae products which leaves the skin soft and smooth.
It also rejuvenates the skin stimulating natural collagen formation.
Algae cosmetic extracts are rich in natural ingredients and therefore prevent damages caused by the use of synthetic chemicals.
Algae-based cosmetics contain all the required elements and protect the skin from damages by UV rays and environmental pollutants.
Laminaria species of algae produce highly effective moisture retaining substances which prevent drying of the plant. Extracts of Laminaria are used in the manufacture of skin care products to maintain firmer and smoother skin. It prevents excessive drying of the skin and has a moisturizing effect.
Vitamin A content in algae cosmetics help fight free radicals and stimulates a natural skin renewal process by encouraging skin cell regeneration. Antibacterial constituents of algae extracts maintain a clear complexion by ensuring proper skin cleansing. Skin is cleansed gently without stripping off the natural moisture.
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