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Phytoplankton Extract for Skin, Antioxidant-Rich Skin Care from the Sea


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If you’ve ever gone to the ocean and noticed a green color like the one in this picture, you’ve likely seen phytoplankton. A type of micro-algae, it grows abundantly in oceans around the world and is actually the foundation of the marine food chain.

Sea creatures have long enjoyed the health benefits provided by this single-celled organism—you’ve probably heard of whales dining on zillions of phytoplankton—but it’s only been fairly recently that we’ve learned about how it may also benefit human health. The exciting part for us here at Annmarie Skin Care was discovering its potential in skin care.

Algae Extract
Phytoplankton from the ocean provides potent anti-aging
benefits for the skin.

A Little More About This Ingredient

There are more than forty thousand different strains and species of phytoplankton, all of which contribute to the Earth’s oxygen supply while serving as an essential food source for marine animals. These tiny organisms can convert sunlight, warmth, water, and minerals into nutrients like protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and amino acids. They’ve often been called the “vegetation” of the ocean.

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According to NASA, about half the oxygen we breathe comes from phytoplankton: “Like the grass of the fields and the leaves on the trees, most life on earth ultimately depends on plants for nourishment. In the ocean, microscopic animals called zooplankton graze on the pastures of plankton. These little animals are ultimately eaten by larger zooplankton, by fish, and as amazing as it may sound, by the largest creature of all—the blue whale.”

Though some phytoplankton are bacteria or other organisms, most are single-celled plants, and these are the ones we use in skin care. Like land plants, they have chlorophyll to capture sunlight, and use photosynthesis to turn it into energy. They consume carbon dioxide, release oxygen, and have been big players in the overall Earth ecosystem for millions of years.

Internal Health Benefits of Phytoplankton

The potential health benefits of phytoplankton have come to light only in recent years. Like many plants, they contain a number of nutrients, including carotenoids, minerals, amino acids, and vitamins, as well as a number of phytochemicals. Preliminary results from early studies show that those taking concentrated marine phytoplankton experienced increased energy, a better mood, and a stronger immune system. You can read more about the health benefits here: Renegade Health.

Benefits to the Skin

Though we’re still in the early stages of research, we have already discovered a number of skin benefits from marine phytoplankton:

  • Fatty acids: We find a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, which penetrate deeply into skin to provide long-lasting moisture. In fact, phytoplankton contains higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids than fish!
  • Antioxidants: Like most plant species, phytoplankton contains powerful antioxidants that protect from environmental stressors. These include bioflavonoids and riboflavin, a form of vitamin B. That means smoother looking skin and a reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Source of zinc: This nutrient is critical to healthy skin, and can help with oily skin.
  • Gentle: This is a great natural ingredient for sensitive skin.

Try It!

We included phytoplankton in our Anti-Aging Eye Cream, where it works to protect while providing lasting moisture and anti-aging properties.

Have you heard of phytoplankton or micro-algae before? Please share your thoughts.

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“Compounds in Phytoplankton May Become Skin Care Boon,” Daily University Science News,

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COMMENTS ( 2 and counting )
  1. Priscilla Cobb says:

    Marine phytoplankton is one of the ingredients in the Power Strips, a patch that has relieved pain, both chronic and acute, for many people. Developed by Forever Green and release in January, 2013, this strip contains marine phytoplankton that is treated so as to release its ingredients via the skin. The strips also contain Korean red ginseng, magnesium, silver ions, other minerals and germanium. Some of the stories people are sharing sound miraculous. In July of this year, the FDA registered Power Strips as a Class I medical device for pain and for improving the appearance of skin. I am happy to share my web site where you can see more information.

  2. Ray says:

    Where do you get your Phytoplankton?