Algae: The Anti-Muck, Muckety Muck


In order to survive and thrive in the ocean’s extreme environment, the organisms that live there develop unique mechanisms for defense—anti-tumor, anti-microtubule, anti-proliferative, photoprotective, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and anti-infective. These adaptive abilities are a boon for scientific advances in everything from fighting cancer to fighting wrinkles.

One of the most auspicious organisms to emerge from the depths of the rich aquatic world is algae. It’s been used for skin and hair care since ancient times for it’s moisturizing, healing and strengthening effect, but it’s only within the last few decades that the extent of its therapeutic potential has begun to be understood and exploited.

Derived from seaweed, algae are single- or multi-celled organisms that produce chlorophyll and are capable of photosynthesis. Algae also happen to contain a treasure trove of nourishing mineral elements, omega 3 fatty acids, essential amino acids, vitamins A, B, C and E, and micronutrients including iodine, iron and zinc. All of which are intensely beneficial in combating skin damage and aging.

Algae is high in polyphenol content giving it powerful anti-oxidant properties to fight off free radicals.

It’s rich in polysaccharides, which are thickening and stabilizing agents that play an important role in cell regeneration. Essential to algae’s survival and good news for aging skin. 

It repairs and strengthens skin’s protective barrier by regulating and maintaining moisture. 

Additionally, compounds derived from algae have shown cytotoxicity against melanoma.

With seemingly unlimited capacity to nourish, hydrate, repair and protect skin, algae is nature’s miracle worker from the sea.

For hydration and renewal try Vivant’s Marine Skin Nourishing Cream, which combines bioactive algae extract with additional antioxidants and anti-inflammatories in a deeply nourishing lotion.

For a spa-like experience, Vivant’s restorative and clarifying Algae Soft Mask removes impurities, refines pores, stimulates the production of collagen and elastin and leaves skin radiantly soft and smooth.

Both are rich with algae’s therapeutic marine minerals, amino acids, sea proteins and polysaccharides.