Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Many beauty experts are rediscovering excellent curative properties of algae, and are recommending their use them in beauty and skin care products.

We have seen many useful drugs which contain algae extracts. These are very simple, chlorophyll-containing organisms in a family that includes more than 20,000 different known species, and contain vitamin A, sugar, starch, vitamin B1, iron, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper and calcium. Most of these are beneficial for skin, either as emollients or antioxidants. In cosmetics, algae act as thickening agents, water-binding agents, and antioxidants. Some algae are also potential skin irritants. For example, the  phycocyanin present in blue-green algae has been suspected of allergenicity and of causing dermatitis on the basis of patch tests.

Skincare should be treated as essential daily routine during winter when skin develops dryness, and it needs to be nourished regularly with right kind of formulations. A healthy, intact barrier lets skin look smooth, soft and moist – exactly the opposite of dry skin.

Many cosmetic manufacturers are glamorously advertising their products for use in winter which contain substances like hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, cholesterol and ceramides. However, it is for the consumers to make sure that the ingredients in these products do not contain such substances which pose potential risk for the skin. To protect skin during winter from dryness, one has to prevent water loss which is key to maintaining skin’s moisture. Emollients are lubricating ingredients that prevent water loss and have a softening, protective and smoothing effect on skin.

At Herbally Radiant, we have been using algae in our top of the range moisturizers for years. A special product launched by Herbally Radiant is BODY POLISH. It contains Blue Green Algae as key ingredient in combination with almond oil and body butters like Avocado, Cocoa, Shea and Mango. To derive optimum benefits of this formulation, we have also added sea salt, grape seed oil, apricot oil, evening primrose oil and vitamin E. Its ultimate body polish to exfoliate and nourish skin and to soften those rough skin patches which are visible frequently.

Popular demand of HR BODY POLISH is evident from the fact that new batches get immediately sold out and we have to procure ingredients again and again – since these organic products should be produced in fresh batches.

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