In the coastal waters of New Zealand you’ll find a species of red algae (seaweed) that is the source of one of nature’s most potent antioxidants – up to 6,000 times stronger than Vitamin C.
This substance is called Astaxanthin, and you’ll find it in a number of Ao skincare products. Obviously, we’re fans of its ability to combat oxidative stress. But the benefits don’t stop there.
Evidence is emerging that astaxanthin offers a range of further effects that can help restore skin health and even repair it at the level of DNA.
A recent report showed that ASX inhibited the gene expression of several proinflammatory biomarkers such as interleukin-1β (IL-1β), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) in an AD animal model.
ASX significantly influences immune function in several in vitro and in vivo assays. For example, in vitro studies on human lymphocytes have demonstrated enhancement by ASX of immunoglobulin production in response to T cell-dependent stimuli
Effects on DNA repair:
Several reports indicated that ASX decreased CP-induced oxidative stress and subsequent oxidative DNA damage
This all supports something we’ve suspected for years – namely, that the skin is a complex organ with many interconnected mechanisms and metabolic pathways. Certain substances can trigger a number of responses.
New Zealand Red Algae may be a humble ingredient but science suggests that the Astaxanthin it contains can help your skin support its own health in a number of beneficial ways. That’s why we use it.
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