Astaxanthin is an underrated ingredient that not many companies use mainly because pure astaxanthin is very expensive and it is tedious to manufacture. It is derived from the microalgae called Haematococcus Pluvialis.
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Benefits of using Astaxanthin:
- Antioxidant: an in-vitro study found that astaxanthin can help with UV-induced skin damage by preventing melanin formation. It increased skin elasticity, reduced fine lines and wrinkles, improved the moisture level in the skin.
- Helps with wound healing.
- Helps with fine lines and wrinkles: one study showed astaxanthin showed improvements in reducing wrinkles, skin elasticity, and skin texture.
- Astaxanthin can be taken as a supplement or used topically. (consult a doctor if you want to take supplements)
Who can all use Astaxanthin?
Astaxanthin can be used for all skin types including sensitive skin and skin of colour, but still do make sure to conduct a patch test.
How to choose the best Astaxanthin product?
Astaxanthin just like any other antioxidant is unstable, so make sure to use it with other antioxidants to increase its effectiveness. You can also choose a product containing other antioxidants along with astaxanthin.
How to add Astaxanthin to my skincare routine?
You can use Astaxanthin as a supplement or apply it topically. Astaxanthin can be applied with retinol or vitamin C, this can increase the antioxidant effects.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is Astaxanthin safe for pregnancy?
It’s better to consult a dermatologist about this ingredient as the research on this ingredient is really less.
What are the best foods for Astaxanthin?
Astaxanthin can be found in salmon, trout, krill, shrimp and crayfish.
Is Astaxanthin better than Vitamin C?
Research has shown that astaxanthin is better than Vitamin C and provides better protection from free radicals, but there is not much evidence. You can combine astaxanthin with Vitamin C and increase the antioxidant effects of both ingredients.
Is Astaxanthin better than Vitamin E?
Research has shown that the antioxidant levels of astaxanthin were 100 times higher than in Vitamin E.