Astaxanthin and Skin Care
Ever wondered why flamingos are pink? The reason flamingos turn pink as they grow is because of one of the most powerful antioxidants known to man. Classified as a carotenoid, Astaxanthin comes from a micro-algae and is found in seafood such as shrimps and salmon. It is hypothesised that astaxanthin is what gives salmon the endurance to swim upstream and has now been studied for many years due to the constant impressive human health benefits.
One of the attributes of Astaxanthin that scientific studies have identified is its role in skin care. This super nutrient has been shown to reduces wrinkles and protect the skin from the suns harmful UV rays. On key reason that Astaxanthin is so good for your skin (and other parts of your body) is that unlike any other anti-oxidants that quickly become harmful pro-oxidants if not used by the body, Astaxanthin never does. This means that cells in the body are better protected from oxidation, free radical damage and inflammation!
There are a few good reasons that Astaxanthin should be part of your skin care routine. Here are some of them.
Moist and Smooth Skin
Astaxanthin has been proven to improve moisture levels in the skin, creating greater elasticity. Furthermore, moisture retention levels are improved considerably. All this increases skin smoothness and decreases those annoying and ugly fine lines and wrinkles. Astaxanthin is fairly fast acting and many studies show that results occur in around 2 weeks.
Astaxanthin has proven to be superb at enhancing the skins natural protection from the suns UV rays. This helps the skin last longer in direct sunlight without burning, giving astaxanthin the term of an ‘internal sunscreen’. Used in creams or in supplements Astaxanthin really looks after your skin when catching a tan or when you are just out and about in the sun.
Free Radical Neutralisation
Astaxanthin is the most powerful anti-oxidant of all and has the capacity to neutralise multiple free radicals at the same time. This ability protects skin and other parts of the body for damaging oxidation and inflammation. Redness levels can drop.
Improved blood flow
Better blood circulation makes skin look and feel really healthy. Increased blood circulation improves cell turnover, increases elasticity and improves water or moisture retention.
Overall Astaxanthin is a powerful and natural skin defence fighting the harm caused by daily exposure to the elements. The so called “Super Nutrient” not only helps with skin care but studies and research are proving it has an ever-increasing number of other health benefits.
Astaxanthin is natural and safe for almost anyone to take. It most commonly comes in the form of a softgel as a “neat” product or part of a formula for skin care. Either way, the health benefits of the nutrient are vast and you will not regret trying it and feeling (and looking) better for it!
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Ron Goedeke MD, BSc Hons MBChB, FNZCAM
Dr Ron Goedeke, specialises in alternative and functional medicine. He is a foundation member of the New Zealand college of Appearance medicine and has been a member of the American Academy of Anti-aging medicine since 1999. With over 20 years of experience in the anti-aging field, Dr Ron Goedeke is recognized as one of New Zealand’s leaders in this new and growing field of medicine.
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