Biofuel is this year's hottest skincare ingredient
Thursday 31 March 2011
It seems that after 2009's caffeine and 2010's stem cells, 2011 will be the year of the algae as far as skincare is concerned.
Sushi fans' staff of life has long been a popular ingredient, with upscale beauty labels such as Ole Henriksen and La Mer using it for their skincare products.
But what Solazyme, a US company specialized in algae fuel, has found could be something groundbreakingly new: its Algenist line, which launched at Sephora stores in America and Europe this week, is derived from alguronic acid, which protects algae "from the same environmental insults...we experience."
When scientists studied the microalgae compounds to explore possibilities in renewable energy, they discovered that they increased elastin production and cellular regeneration while protecting against UV damage. According to an independent study, alguronic acid also increased the smoothness of the skin and noticeably reduced wrinkles after a few weeks of using the products.
The line includes Concentrated Reconstructing Serum, Regererative Anti-Aging Moisturizer, and Complete Eye Renewal Balm, priced from $65 to $135.
Life & Style blogs
- 1 Windows 10: man updates PC, wakes up to find porn slideshow on repeat
- 2 The 'world's most beautiful vagina' has been debunked by science
- 3 John Green schools morning show hosts after awkward interview with Cara Delevingne
- 4 Bulletproof armadillo puts Texas man in hospital after shot bounces off hard shell
- 5 Doctors declare war on Jeremy Hunt over weekend working 'myths' amid plan for seven day NHS
£17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are a leading company in the field ...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£26041 - £34876 per annum: Recruitment Genius: There has never been a more exc...
£14000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing travel comp...