How seaweeds benefit us all

Seaweed is a commonly used term for a vast and complex genus of plants covering some 6000 species. The term refers to the large marine algae that grow in the shallow waters at the edge of the world’s oceans.

Seaweeds provide a natural habitat and a source of food for a huge range of marine animals and enhance the natural beauty of the shore and underwater landscape. They are hugely valuable to humankind as a food, an industrial raw material and increasingly as a highly active cosmeceutical ingredient. [Read more…]

Micro algae fights skin ageing

Spirulina platensis – the most commonly found micro algae in Cuba – has been shown to offer high protection against free radicals according to a research study at the University of Havana.

The study which was carried out in November 2007 discovered that the high vitamin E and carotene content of the algae can stimulate the immune system and help in the prevention of cancer and premature skin ageing.

The research group has produced a line of cosmetic products based on their findings using hydroalcoholic extracts of Spirulina platensis which is being marketed throughout South America and parts of Europe. [Read more…]

The anti ageing secret of the oyster pearl

ancient empress wearing pearls

Used for over 2000 years in China in both traditional medicine and topical applications – pearl powder is an exciting and effective natural active for skin care.

Particularly effective in anti ageing products, pearl powder smoothes, softens and nourishes skin and maintains skin tone.

Perhaps the two most important strands of skin care research currently – in reaction to consumer demand – are the search for anti ageing skin care and naturally active skin care. [Read more…]