Ingredient Highlight: Red Algae

September 30, 2020 3 min read

Ingredient Highlight: Red Algae (Rhodophyta) Mikel Kristi Skincare Blog Cover. Image of underwater Red Algae. Benefits of Red Algae in Skincare.

Algae In Skincare

What do you know about algae besides it’s the funny (usually green) stuff in the ocean?? Maybe it’s slimy and kind of unsightly? Red algae is found around the world, from polar waters to the tropics, and are commonly found in coral reefs! It’s one of natures super ingredients when it comes to effective skincare!!

The first thing you might notice about Red Algae is its beautiful vibrant color!! There is a very important reason why this particular algae is in fact red…

Red Algae gets its color from the pigments phycoerythrin and phycocyanin. These pigments mask the other pigments, such as chlorophyll, which would make the algae green. Red Algae can live in much deeper, warmer water than other algae, which need to live near the surface of the water in order to absorb more light.”

There are around 7,000 different species of Red Algae, which are particularly common in coral reefs. When used for skincare, they are typically dried and then distilled in order to preserve the numerous beneficial properties.

What is red algae used for in skincare?

Red Algae has many moisture retaining properties and helps promote the skin’s natural hydration and a healthy skin barrier. It also produces amino acid derivatives that help to block UVA rays from the sun. So it’s essentially a natural occurring SPF. How fascinating is that?

Also it is packed with vitamins, antioxidants and proteins which help clean the skin!

Who benefits from using red algae products?

Everyone!! All skin types will reap the benefits of this super ingredient!! But for the moisturizing properties, dry and sensitive skin will really see and feel the difference!

And Red Algae isn’t just good for your skin… it’s good for your overall health!!

Red Algae also increases immunity! Red marine algae contain an antiviral compound known as carrageenans that are believed to boost the immune system and offer protection against diseases such as the shingles virus, HIV and cold sores. It may even help fight strains of germs that are resistant to certain medications

Red algae has also been shown to increase blood circulation, regulate blood sugar levels, and lower LDL or bad cholesterol.

Mikel Kristi and the Red Algae connection…

Our Vital A Rejevenating Serum is jam packed with powerful ingredients, and red algae is one of them!!! This gift from the sea affords this serum with a boost in natural sun protection which shields the skin from photo-aging disturbances.

Vital A Rejuvenating Serum - This night time serum is the perfect way to partner with the aging process. With a patented vitamin A Retinaldehyde complex that converts into retinoic acid, this synergistic blend of Vitamin A, Niacinamide, and an antioxidant charged skin lightening compound, will transform the look and feel of aging skin while enhancing the skin’s natural renewal process.

Pair it with Vital C Repair Serum for a one-two punch!

Vital C Repair Serum 30ml - This supercharged serum of bio-available Vitamin C is packed with powerful actives, nurturing antioxidants, essential nutrients, and our unique brightening ingredients, all working synergistically to help brighten, firm, smooth, improve skin tone and texture and help reduce the signs of photo-aging. The light weight formula easily sinks into the skin, delivering nourishing benefits while helping to visibly improve skin health and radiance.

This week, receive 10% off our Vital A and Vital C serums. Use Promo Code: MKRED0923

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