We recently launched our new range of collagen skincare, Vida Glow Cosmetics. All of the carefully selected ingredients will help you to achieve youthful, glowing skin, but there is one ingredient we are particularly excited about, one we think you are also going to fall in love with, called Red Algae Marine Collagen.
Red Algae Marine Collagen encourages the skin’s natural regeneration process, repairs damaged cells and stimulates the production of new skin cells. A rigorous hydrolysation process means the collagen peptides have a low molecular weight, below 1000 daltons, allowing them to penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin.
But before we discuss how red algae treats the skin, let’s examine what it is and why we have deemed it our hero ingredient.
Seaweed is one of the most beneficial foods on the planet, some researchers even proclaim it provides a greater source of vitamins than any other food. There are over 10,000 varieties of seaweed, all packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Not all seaweed is fit for human consumption, however algae is a type that is not just edible, but extremely beneficial to us humans.
Algae play an essential role in marine and freshwater habitats and there are thought to be at least 12,000 different species in Australia alone. Algae boasts minerals including calcium and magnesium and possesses peptides which protects it from harsh environmental factors such as UV sun rays and pollution, which similarly affect human skin.
Though not considered a conventional skincare ingredient, algae has been used for thousands of years to treat different skin problems and has even been dubbed “the ocean’s most potent secret”. It is high in essential amino acids and protein and packed with Vitamin A, B, C and E. Algae is also an antioxidant, meaning it protects the skin from free radicals that bring on premature ageing.
A 2017 journal article, Marine algae as attractive source to skin care, recognised marine algae’s ability to fight ageing skin. Researchers found that unavoidable environmental stressors, such as UV rays from the sun, cigarette smoke and pollution, increase levels of oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress stimulates inflammation in the skin, contributing to the manifestations of wrinkles and premature skin ageing. They concluded that an antioxidant strategy, such as using marine algae topically, can fight against oxidative stress and significantly improve skin health and prevent ageing.
Commonly used to make nori (the seaweed sheets our favourite sushi is rolled in) red algae is not just highly nutritious but considered a potent skincare ingredient. Because of its high moisture content, red algae naturally holds on to water and when used topically, effectively moisturises and hydrates the skin. It also contains an antioxidant called astaxanthin, which helps to absorb UV rays and acts as a natural, chemical free sunscreen.
Not only is red algae mineral rich, a powerful antioxidant, full of vitmain B12 and extremely hydrating, but it can be hydrolysed to below 1000 daltons, which is necessary for collagen to be effectively absorbed into the skin. Anna Lahey, our Co-founder, chose red algae extracted from the natural seaweed variety of Porphyra Tenera as the key ingredient included in every Vida Glow Cosmetics product.
“The seaweed variety of Red Algae Marine Collagen used in our new skincare is extracted with water and the collagen peptides are enzymatically hydrolysed, through a chemical free process,” says Anna.
“The hydrolysation process of the collagen in Red Algae means that it has a very low molecule weight. Below 1000 daltons, fine enough to penetrate through the epidermis, into the dermis, where it activates collagen production and effectively hydrates the skin, binding to enhance moisture and offer a barrier of protection.”
Vida Glow Cosmetics specialises in natural formulations with active key ingredients which replenishes the skin with nutrients and hydration. Click here if you would like to learn more about Vida Glow Cosmetics.