Algae, commonly referred to as “seaweed,” conditions, hydrates, softens and detoxifies the skin, all while replenishing essential vitamins and minerals. Rich in antioxidants, algae also helps to protect skin against free radical damage and prevents the formation of an enzyme that causes the deprivation of collagen.
Recent studies show that algae extract is rich in a compound called Alguronic Acid, shown to increase cell regeneration and the synthesis of elastin. Elastin is a protein in the skin’s underlying layers that give it firmness and elasticity. As we age, skin begins to lose its elastin fibers. The thinning and deterioration of elastin over time causes wrinkles, ‘laugh’ lines, expression marks, sagging and rippled skin. The resulting decrease in elastin physically changes the skin’s structure, leaving it weaker and more susceptible to tears. Aging skin loses Elastin at the rate of about one percent each year– even faster if exposed to constant sunlight. The loss of elastin combined with gravity and the natural slackening of facial muscles, all contribute to sagging, droopy, wrinkled skin.
Some algae even contain Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA), a bacterial microphyte that stimulates skin cell movement and production and is proven to be more abundant in proteins and minerals than a mother’s milk. Algae is also full of enzymes, chlorophyll, amino acids, nucleic acids, fatty acids, and DHA. Amino acids in algae firm and renew tissue while the fatty acids fight against inflammation, leaving the skin even, soft and supple. Due to the algae’s nutritious, soft cell wall, all of these nutrients are easily transferable to the skin through our top-of-the-line skin care products such as the ViOX Eye Cream Gel; proven to hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes as well as provide an immediate smoothing and tightening effect, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
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