By Dan Fryda
Astaxanthin is one of the most powerful antioxidants available. It’s a member of the carotenoid family which gives it it’s red color and is produced by marine microalgae. In the algae’s natural environment, it is eaten by animals like salmon, lobsters and other crustaceans, and it’s what gives flamingos their beautiful pink coloring. The algae produces astaxanthin when deprived of nutrients and/or is subjected to intense sunlight to protect itself from environmental stress which typically happens in shallow bodies of water. If you’ve ever had a bird bath, you may have noticed the water turning pink, that’s algae producing astaxanthin!
Thankfully the benefits of astaxanthin can be used by us as well. When applied topically, astaxanthin’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power helps your skin restore its youthful appearance by increasing skin’s moisture retention, elasticity, smoothness, and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Most importantly, like the algae that produces it, astaxanthin supports your skin’s ability to defend itself from the sun’s ultra violet rays.
Two 2001 Japanese studies demonstrated the anti-wrinkle properties of astaxanthin where subjects experienced a noticeable reduction of wrinkles using a cream with astaxanthin. A dermatological assessment showed a reduction of puffiness around the eyes as well as a significant increase in skin hydration after only 2 weeks of continued use.
Here is how astaxanthin stacks up against other well-known antioxidants:
- 10-100 times more powerful than beta-carotene & lycopene
- 6,000 times greater than vitamin C
- 550 times more powerful than green tea & vitamin E
HOW TO ADD ASTAXANTHIN TO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE:
Oxygen Renewal: A triple layered approach to anti-aging. Each bottle contains a concentrate of actives that address all aspects of cellular health. Astaxanthin is found in the topmost ‘oil’ layer where it works to reduce inflammation and defend your skin’s DNA in association with Omega-7 and omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C and vitamin E. The middle layer has mineral-rich seaweed extracts, polypeptides and hyaluronic acid for super moisturization. The bottom layer is pure Liquid Oxygen to boost cellular metabolism and collagen synthesis.
Astaxanthin O2 Calming Gel: This oil-free formula is deep orange reflecting the high levels of astaxanthin. Ideal for sensitive skin, it supports normalizing conditions such as dermatitis and rosacea. It is hydrating and non-greasy.
Skin Calming Booster: Like Astaxanthin 02 Calming Gel, Skin Calming Booster is ideal for treating symptoms of rosacea, eczema and skin irritations. Along with the use of astaxanthin, it’s effects are boosted by the addition of a 10% Liquid Oxygen solution, micronized silver and omega-7 fatty acids. Application on skin under the Omegaceuticals Repair Serum helps to normalize skin complexion providing fast relief.
Night Repair Serum: A unique blend of essential oils, Liquid Oxygen, botanical butters, astaxanthin, vitamin C and an omega-complex to help repair skin damage and lock in moisture.
Sensitive Oil: Astaxanthin is supporting by a cast of lavender, neroli, omega fatty acids and vitamin C to reduce inflammation and increase skin hydration.
Hydrating Oil C&E: Roman chamomile, lavender and clary sage aid in skin healing with the support of omega-fatty acids and vitamin C.
Regenerative Oil: Ylang Ylang, rosemary and vetiver work on skin regeneration with the support of omega fatty acids and vitamin C.