Astaxanthin is one of nature’s most potent antioxidants. The ocean-sourced superfood reduces inflammation, increases moisture retention, and helps to protect against skin ageing.
Touted as one of nature’s most potent antioxidants, Astaxanthin (pronounced “asta-zan-thin”) is your new beauty cabinet best friend. The skincare powerhouse is classified as a carotenoid—i.e. the group ofplant pigments that are responsible for bright red, yellow and orange hues in many fruits and vegetables—and is primarily found in marine life including micro algae, wild salmon, trout, krill, shrimp, crabs, and lobsters.Like most of our favourite superfoods, this one comes with a cool backstory: Astaxanthin is what gives flamingos and salmon their brilliant pink hue.
So, it makes flamingos the most Instagrammable animal on the planet, but will Astaxanthin keep your skin looking youthful for longer as is claimed? According to various clinical studies, absolutely. Astaxanthin boasts a plethora of benefits for overall health—from helping to soothe joint pain to reducing fatigue after exercise—but the benefits it has on our skin health is where the superfood really shines. See below for the main benefits it will have on your (soon to be glowing) skin.
- It’s a powerful antioxidant.Even more so than Vitamin E, meaning that it helps protect the skin from free radical damage that is partly responsible for the skin ageing process. By neutralizing multiple free radicals at once, it helps to protect your skin and body from oxidation, damage, and inflammation.
- It increases skin moisture. Moreover, it increases moisture retention, promotes skin smoothness, and helps to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- It helps to protect the skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays.This helps to assist the skin in protecting itself against sun damage (although, it’s always advised that you use in tandem with SPF).
- It increases blood flow. This ensures better circulation in your skin, which increases: cell turnover, elasticity and water retention.
Astaxanthin can be taken orally as a supplement or topically applied to the skin. May Chia’s The Super Couple Face Oil combines Astaxanthin with chia, a fellow superfood heavyweight, to help bring lacklustre, dull skin back to life. Ultralight weight, it packs a serious punch and can be applied morning and night to the skin before moisturising to give you that “I have had 8+ hours sleep every single night of my life” glow.
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