Cosmetic Benefits of Astaxanthin on Humans Subjects


A 2012 article from The Journal of the Polish Biochemical Society
and of the Committee of Biochemistry and Biophysics Polish Academy of Sciences (vol 59, no 1, p.43) examining the effects of astaxanthin derived from microalgae in treating skin damage.The authors found significant improvement from astaxanthin in every skin layer through both oral supplements and topical application.

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We studied the cosmetic effects of astaxanthin, a strong carotenoid antioxidant, from the two viewpoints of administration technique and sex.

Significant improvements as a deep impact were observed in skin wrinkle (crow’s feet at week-8), age spot size (cheek at week-8), elasticity (crow’s feet at week-8), skin texture (cheek at week-4), moisture content of corneocyte layer (cheek in 10 dry skin subjects at week-8) and corneocyte condition (cheek at week-8).

In conclusion these results may suggest that astaxanthin derived from H. pluvialis can improve skin condition in all layers such as corneocyte layer, epidermis, basal layer and dermis by combining both oral supplementation and topical treatment and oral supplementation of astaxanthin can improve the skin condition in not only women but also men.

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