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Algae becoming influential in the cosmetics world

April 25, 2013
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

Hydraluron contains a bio-engineered strain of marine red algae.

Hydraluron contains a bio-engineered strain of marine red algae.

While algae derivatives have been a growing component in cosmetics and skin treatments for years, they have mainly been a low key contributor, unheralded until Solazyme began promoting their Alguronic Acid® line of cosmetics two years ago. Other manufacturers have recently been lining up to take advantage of the widely touted benefits of the algal ingredient, as well as its green promotional values.

The Canadian company Indeed Laboratories is now promoting their topical moisturizer, Hydraluron, which contains a bio-engineered strain of marine red algae. Their moisture-boosting serum provides below-surface hydration and what they describe as “the world’s purest hyaluronic acid.” The product, which works as a base layer for other moisturizing creams, sells for $23.99 for a 30mL bottle available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Biotherm’s Blue Therapy collection promotes the regenerating properties of algae and plankton.

Biotherm’s Blue Therapy collection promotes the regenerating properties of algae and plankton.

Another algal-based product line recently introduced to help repair the signs of aging and dark spots is Biotherm’s Blue Therapy collection. It includes Blue Therapy Eye ($55, 15 mL), which targets wrinkles, Serum ($65, 30 mL), which offers correction for all skin types and Moisturizing Cream with SPF 15 ($75, 50 mL). Manufactured in France and available at Sears and Shoppers Drug Mart, the product line promotes the regenerating properties of algae and plankton for helping to keep skin looking firm and younger.

For those looking to connect the benefits of algae with the cosmetics industry at the commercial level, these issues will be addressed at the 6th symposium COSM’ING, an international conference on cosmetic ingredients and biotechnology, taking place June 26 to 28, in Saint-Malo, Brittany, the French region that is a leader in marine biotechnology.

Organized by CBB Developpement, a French Biotechnology Transfer Center, the event will focus this year on biotech tools and processes (enzymatic reaction, fermentation, plant cell culture…) and their transfers to and within the cosmetics industry.

For more information about the conference

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