Astaxanthin, which is derived from red algae, gives crabs and salmon their pink coloring. It has also been identified as a potent antioxidant, up to 6000x stronger than Vitamin C.
Not only that – it can even help support optimum skin health by quenching the free radicals that cause so much damage at the cellular level.
Don’t just take our word for it. One 2017 study has measured the difference astaxanthin can make:
In conclusion, our findings indicated that:
- Astaxanthin inhibited inflammatory cytokine secretion from epidermal keratinocytes and MMP-1 secretion by dermal fibroblasts in response to UVB irradiation.
- These mechanisms underlie clinical study results that demonstrated that the suppression of seasonal deterioration of wrinkles and skin moisture and the improvements in skin elasticity were accompanied by sustaining low IL-1α levels in the epidermal corneum.
Thus, long-term astaxanthin supplementation may prophylactically inhibit skin deterioration induced over time by environmental damage and consequently retard the skin aging process via its anti-inflammatory effect.
This is great news for everyone who wants anti-aging benefits for their skin. And it’s why we have included astaxanthin in our list of naturally sourced ingredients whose efficacy is supported by science.