The Power of Algae & the Sea in Skin Care

Ayr Skin Care’s lab and offices are located about three miles from Dana Point Harbor, on the coast of Southern California. We love the beach, boating and being out on the water, and the colors of the ocean were the inspiration for our packaging. Many of the ingredients that I play with regularly in the lab are from the ocean. Unfortunately, in the Beauty industry, it takes time to turn dreams into reality.

Many of the upcoming products will incorporate the ocean ingredients that I am experimenting with now in the lab. One star ingredient that is already in our Awaken Eye Serum, as a star ingredient, is the unusual anti-aging algae. Let’s take a closer look at this fascinating ingredient.

A “Deeper Dive” (Pun Intended) into Dunaliella Salina

Dunaliella salina is a rich marine algae that has a special secret: it is a green microalgae that is actually hot pink! Discovered in France around 1838, it occurs naturally in heavily salinated bodies of water, like the famous Dead Sea. The highest concentration of this marine algae is currently found in Australia. One beautiful body of water is Lake Hillier in Australia, where the color of the algae turns the entire environment pink.

It is the ability of this microorganism to exist and thrive in deeply saturated salt fields that few species would be able to live in, that makes it truly unique.

But what is the role of algae in Ayr Skin Care’s anti-aging formulas?

Survival of the Fittest

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Many types of vegetation that thrive in harsh conditions have built-in protective qualities. One example of this is the Marula tree, which is exposed to persistently changing stress factors, such as drought and extreme temperatures. These conditions cause damage to the tree’s cells and lead to oxidative or osmotic stress. The Marula tree has the ability to protect itself with antioxidants and bring moisture deep into the cell, which is why Marula oil is such an effective anti-aging oil.

Let’s now look at the power of that algae in skin care. Dunaliella salina is full of antioxidants, which may have developed due to the unusual environment in which it lives. Antioxidants protect the organism against free radicals that cause our own skin to show premature signs of aging. This unique algae has very high concentrations of carotenoids, in particular B-carotene, which is known for giving color to vegetables like carrots.  

The Wonders of Vitamin A & Algae Extract in Skin Care

Once in the body, B-carotene converts to vitamin A, critical for maintaining youthful and healthy skin. Vitamin A and vitamin C are among the antioxidants that keep our skin healthy and prevent damage from free radicals that come from pollution and stress. Free radicals break down collagen (your skin’s support structure) and contribute to fine lines and saggy skin. They can also make your skin more sensitive to sun damage and illness.

The anti-aging benefits of algae lie partially in the power of Vitamin A. Vitamin A also promotes cell production and stimulates collagen. As opposed to harsh ingredients like Retinoids, naturally produced carotenoids that promote natural vitamin A production in your body, are much more gentle to the skin. Healthier skin, plump with collagen, fights off skin damage, evens skin tone and keeps skin wrinkles from forming prematurely.

Awaken to the Possibilities of Algae Extract in Skin Care

Awaken Revitalizing Eye Serum contains many antioxidants, including green tea, caffeine, pomegranate and dunaliella salina. Dunaliella salina, in addition to delivering a powerful punch of specific antioxidants, also contains high natural levels of glycerin. In much the same way as the aloe plant has a sticky quality to it, algae in skin care helps keep moisture close to the skin as it delivers natural glycerin to hydrate dry skin.

Awaken also includes a mixture of powerful peptides to work hand in hand with the antioxidants, to brighten the eye, reduce inflammation and puffiness, and “wake up the eyes” without irritation. Peptides, in conjunction with anti-aging algae, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and the antioxidants help new wrinkles from taking hold, keeping the skin supple and hydrated.

The ocean is a wonderful place from which to draw inspiration. Whether it be the peaceful colors, or the vitamin enriched seaweed or algae, we are in love with the ocean! When I was a teenager, and was troubled, I would go to the sea and sit on the beach. Listening to the rhythm of the waves helped keep me balanced. I knew that no matter how large my problem seemed to be, the ocean was larger, and seemed to operate without thought, just a perfect and hypnotic rhythm.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blogs. They are close to my heart. My intention is to continue to give information and hope that it will help you make healthier choices as a consumer. Try our Awaken Eye Serum and see how the power of green algae (really pink!) in skin care can make your skin soft and youthful!

Questions about your skin care? Get in touch with us today.

Bye for now!

Kirsten, xx

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