Beauty So Deep
Skincare ingredients constantly evolve as brands go on neverending quests to maintain and create perfect-looking skin. CLEO gives you the lowdown on a skincare ingredient to watch this year.
The Answer Lies In The Ocean
Throughout the years we have seen sugar derivatives, plant extracts, peptides, AHAs, and antioxidants make their way into our favourite creams. They provide effective results but the demand for quicker and more visible results have scientists constantly looking for the next best thing. Researchers have turned to the ocean whose vast space remains largely undiscovered and provides an area of possibilities. There, they were able to find a plethora of marine ingredients that share unique biological characteristics and affinity with skin plus the ability to regenerate, repair, and protect it.
According to an article in Skin Inc. magazine published last year, marine plants are known to develop different nutrients and cell functions (depending on where they grow) to help protect against external aggressors. Interestingly, this is quite similar to skin’s natural defence mechanism like the production of melanin during exposure to UV rays.
Though marine extracts aren’t new to the skincare world, more benefits are being discovered, the more they are studied. For example, these days they can be extracted in more environmentally-friendly, sophisticated ways such as freezedrying to preserve their nutrient potency. Specific molecules can be easily isolated and concentrated to maximise its effects on skin.