Astaxanthin is classified as a potent antioxidant known as a carotenoid which is found in different foods like carrots, papaya, sweet potatoes, and bell peppers. Naturally, it has a bright orange or red colour.
In skincare formulations, the active ingredient of astaxanthin is used for its abilities to improve skin’s texture and elasticity, reduce dryness, and protect the skin from free radicals and sun damage. According to recent findings, astaxanthin carries antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and photoprotective effects.
The active ingredient of astaxanthin protects the skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays. It helps to facilitate the DNA damage of cells that were exposed to UV radiation.
Since astaxanthin actively fights against free radicals, it prevents the skin from premature aging and loss of elasticity. It is rich in vitamin C and E that help the skin to better respond to the oxidative damage caused by environmental; aggressors like the sun.
As mentioned above, astaxanthin carries anti-inflammatory effects and; thus, aids with redness, inflammation, and sensitivity.
The active ingredient of astaxanthin does not have major side effects and is safe to use on daily basis during both morning and/or evening skincare regimes.