“Natural products”, “clean labelling” and “organic” – the cosmetic industry meets high demands from consumers and the trend is clear. Therefore, there is an interest in exploring the potential for developing new natural ingredients that works.

At the 8th Nordic Seaweed Conference CEO Louise Mellisa Klinder from Mellisa Aps and Ditte B. Hermund from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark presented new ingredients from seaweed for cosmetic applications.

The utilization potential of Nordic Saccharina latissima – sugar kelp – is enormous. Brown alga contains a wide range of compounds with multi-functional properties, which the cosmetic industry can benefit from.

Antioxidant compounds, such as polyphenolics, can provide the skin care product with antioxidants to reduce oxidative stress and ageing of the skin. Furthermore, antioxidants can increase the oxidative stability of the skin care product, and thereby, protect lipids from oxidizing and losing their functionality. Other antioxidant compounds, polysaccharides, like laminarin, alginate and fucoidans, can also work as stabilizers in skin care formulations. Hence, there is huge potential in extracting these different compounds and apply them in skin care products.

In the MAB4 project ingredients derived from the brown alga Saccharina latissima is evaluated for use in skin care emulsions as antioxidants and/or as stabilizing agents.

Melissa Aps already use extracts derived from seaweed in various products like eye gel, body lotion and anti wrinkle serum.

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