Spirulina extract with super antioxidant ability and its application in cosmetics

As we all know, vitamin C has been known to be the strongest antioxidant and therefore widely used in cosmetics, but with the escalating consumer demand and in-depth research, another natural source of antioxidants has been discovered, which is spirulina extract.

According to Dr Wenzhou Xiang, a Chinese algae doctor, Spirulina extract is the natural pigment with the strongest antioxidant capacity and the widest antioxidant range among water-soluble raw materials.

We also note that Algenist has recently launched a new cosmetic product that uses Spirulina extract as a source of antioxidants instead of vitamin C. Algenist leverages a unique and novel form of Vitamin C made from Spirulina blue-green Algenist leverages a unique and novel form of Vitamin C made from Spirulina blue-green algae to help visibly restore skin clarity and improve skin texture in 10 days.

The launch of Algenist’s new product turns the perception of quality antioxidants from vitamin C on its head.

Tammy Yaiser, VP Product Development explains, “The team was inspired by the extensive research on blue-green algae, and for the potential to derive, extract and isolate its naturally-occurring Vitamin C component and then to regeneratively produce it in a lab. The Spirulina is sustainably grown, and the naturally-occurring Vitamin C component is isolated and concentrated. The result is a highly pure Ascorbic Acid raw material, identified simply on the ingredient list as ‘Ascorbic Acid.’ What’s also exciting about the process is that the leftover algae by-product is still rich in nutrients and can be beneficial for other applications such as fermentation, agricultural fertilizers and wastewater remediation. A part of the leftover biomass is used for making Spirulina Extract and Spirulina Oil. We considered the whole process.”

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“When we set out to solve a problem in 10 days with each of our formulas, the process is rigorous. If an ingredient or technology does not exist to help deliver on our promise of 10-day results, or if we see a way to re-envision traditional methods ingredients are made to elevate our commitment to high-performance, naturally-sourced and more sustainably-produced ingredients – we will make our own. This is how the brand was born and proudly continues today,” shares CEO, Rose Fernandez. “Today we have consumers searching for Vitamin C at high rates. This inspired us to develop a naturally derived, potent Vitamin C from a bold, blue Spirulina. In our scientific study, our new Blue Algae Vitamin C outperformed other commonly used forms of vitamin C and other brightening ingredients specifically used for targeting pigmentation that we tested. No surprise given our reputation. This coupled with the fact that there was an opportunity to develop a new Vitamin C serum actually clinically studied on melanin-rich skin – who can experience skin sensitivity, blotchiness or even products that simply don’t work.”

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Algenist formulated Skinclarity Brightening Serum to target the appearance of pigmentation that can start as early as your 20s. It can appear most prominently in the fair and deep complexions as dark spots, uneven tone and texture, and overall dullness. In just 10 days, consumers of all skin types, skin tones, and skin colors – including melanin-rich skin – showed enhanced brightness and luminosity, evened skin tone and texture, and improved signs of photoaging.

BLUE ALGAE VITAMIN C™ Skinclarity Brightening Serum is a powerful daily, pure Vitamin C concentrated serum to enhance brightness & luminosity, even skin tone, smooth texture and helps improve the visible signs of photoaging – for overall improved skin clarity. 

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Formulated with exclusive Vitamin C from Spirulina – a blue-green algae with antioxidant properties to help fight free radicals, brighten and even tone, patented and exclusive Alguronic Acid from algae to visibly target fine lines and wrinkles, a Skin-Forward Marine Ferment to help smooth texture, and a Triple-Action Moisturizing Complex that helps maintain skin’s moisture levels. Skin is left radiant, smoothed, plump and healthy.

Formulated & safe for use on melanin-rich skin

  • Restores skin’s clarity, brightens & evens tone
  • Reduces the appearance of pigmentation irregularities like dark spots & discoloration
  • Improves skin’s texture for smoothed skin
  • Increases skin’s ability to retain moisture


Water (Aqua, Eau), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbic Acid, Triheptanoin, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, C13-15 Alkane, Parachlorella Beijerinckii Exopolysaccharides, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Bakuchiol, Beta Vulgaris Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Sodium Hyaluronate, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Curcuma Longa Root Extract, Ocimum Basilicum Flower/Leaf Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Salicylic Acid, Tocopherol, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Sodium Citrate, Phycocyanin, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Tanacetum Vulgare Extract, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Salicylate, Linalool, Limonene.


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