Astaxanthin is a xanthophyll carotenoid that gives sea creatures such as shrimp, lobster and even salmon their orange-pink colour. It is normally derived from sea algae. Astaxanthin contains significantly more antioxidants than other superfood heroes like blueberries, allegedly 10 to 100 times more powerful than other carotenoids like beta-carotene and lycopene, and is more potent than skin-enhancing vitamins C and E. Astaxanthin is 6000 times more effective at removing free radicals than vitamin C and 550 times more ‘active’ than vitamin E.
Protects our skin against damaging UV rays, and combining a topical dosage with an oral dosage could help youth-preserving efforts in the long run. Less pigmentation and fewer wrinkles and more luminosity and moisture.
Part of the roles astaxanthin plays in the algae is as a protective agent against the photo-oxidation that such intense sunlight brings. Therefore, protect the skin, throughout the dermal layers, from the free radical damage that’s partly responsible for the skin ageing process. In addition, astaxanthin helps to protect the skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays, plus it improves the elasticity of the skin by aiding healthy skin cell function.
As an antioxidant, astaxanthin has currently proved most powerful when ingested as opposed to applied topically.
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