Monday, December 29, 2014


Use of algae in beauty products is increasingly being promoted by many brands.  

Algae, often called “seaweed”, has become hot topic among cosmetic ingredients who have cited many studies to the effect that algae can stabilize minerals that aid in skin moisturization; that it has anti-acne properties without the irritation of over the counter drugs; and it may help with skin lightening.

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. 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. 

Skin experiences more dryness during winter, needing right kind of moisturizer and nourishment. During winter, skin’s capacity to absorb nutrients also grows.  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. A healthy, intact barrier lets skin look smooth, soft and moist – exactly the opposite of dry skin. 

Many cosmetic manufacturers are heavily 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. 

At HERBALLY RADIANT, we have included algae in a new product “Body Polish”, an amazing formulation to exfoliate and nourish soft skin.  Along with blue green algae, it contains sea salt, almond oil, vitamin E, avocado  and coconut oil, besides other ingredients to reinvigorate and revitalize skin in natural way. Priced at $ 34.90 (shipping free) ( 4 oz jar), “Body Polish” from Herbally Radiant is among the best natural organic skin care product in the market.

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