Marine environments are a great source of inspiration for natural and sustainable ingredients. They are home to the highest percentage of living biosphere on our planet and o”er a rich source of inspiration for new product development in cosmetics.
Microorganisms in oceans and rivers adapt to their extreme and changing surroundings using different mechanisms. Depending on the origin, climate and environmental conditions, each microorganism produces distinctive secondary metabolites for survival and adaptation. These metabolites are of significant interest to the cosmetics industry because of their potential skin care benefits. Lipotec Active Ingredients’ marine beauty concept is based on a selection of algae extracts and biotechnological ingredients obtained from a conceptual journey of different marine locations worldwide. The result is a sustainable portfolio of speciality ingredients that provide a complete range of benefits for all skin types.
Rejuvenated menopausal skin
Cellynkage marine ingredient is an exopolysaccharide (EPS) obtained from Halomonas eurihalina using biotechnology. The microorganism inhabits the Agua Amarga salt marsh in Alicante, Spain. The ingredient helps enhance the overall communication within the skin, among keratinocytes and between keratinocytes and fibroblasts, resulting in an improved appearance of menopausal skin. A clinical study was performed on 20 menopausal women, who applied a cream with two percent of the marine
ingredient on one half of the face and a placebo cream on the other, twice a day for 56 days. At the end of the treatment, results showed the ingredient increased epidermal thickness by 15 percent (p<0.05) and collagen density by 2.4 percent. It also helped smooth the skin with an improvement in skin homogeneity of 7.9 percent (p<0.01) and rejuvenated the microrelief structure by 113 percent versus the placebo. A smoother silhouette Actiphyte bladderwrack is an extract of Fucus vesiculosus, a type of brown algae. Endemic to the North American and European Atlantic coasts and islands, such as the Canary Islands, bladderwrack can grow in a variety of environments, ranging from rocky shores to saline lagoons. In traditional medicine, bladderwrack was applied topically to treat burns and insect bites and to counteract the signs of ageing. It was also used as a treatment for obesity and to reduce the accumulation of cellulite.
The seaweed may work as an anticellulite ingredient due to its ability to inhibit adipogenesis
According to literature, the seaweed may work as an anti-cellulite ingredient due to its ability to inhibit adipogenesis attributed to the presence of sulphated polysaccharide fucoidan and iodine 1, 2. Fucoidan has been studied for its contribution to improve skin elasticity for a firmer body, while bladderwrack has photoprotective benefits for reduced lipid peroxidation, thanks to fucoxanthin and sulfated polyshaccaride compounds3, 4. These benefits make it a highly suitable ingredient for slimming and anti-cellulite preparations to obtain a smoother silhouette.