From the Sea: Algal Extracts for Skin Homeostasis

March 28, 2008 | Contact Author | By: Diane Bilodeau and Isabelle Lacasse, Atrium Innovations Inc.
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Keywords: algal extracts | skin barrier improvement | free radical protection | antiaging benefits | anti-inflammatory action

Abstract: The authors discuss the abilities of marine-derived active ingredients to protect the skin from barrier disruption, aging, free radicals and inflammation. Four marine species are examined that provide such benefits via various sulfated polysaccharides and polyphenols.

Homeostasis refers to the ability that all living organisms possess to achieve and maintain physiological stability while facing constant environmental changes. Being at the frontier of the internal and external milieus, the skin certainly is one of the most challenged organs. Desiccants, free radicals, inflammatory mediators or even the simple passage of time are major insults capable of disrupting skin homeostasis.