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Chlorella vulgaris extract

* Botanical Ingredient * * An extract of algae. It comes in the form of a green liquid. Also goes by the trademark name Dermochlorella.

This skin conditioning and protecting agent is believed to have powerful anti-aging benefits, mainly due to the fact that it's a rich source of carotenoids- a family of nutrients that, when ingested, deposit into the skin and protect it from the harmful effects of UV rays (i.e. pigmentation, sunburn, cancer. In fact, Korean researchers have discovered that when Lutein (a carotenoid) was extracted from chlorella vulgaris, it blocked the growth of human colon cancer cells.

* Botanical Ingredient *

* An extract of algae. It comes in the form of a green liquid. Also goes by the trademark name Dermochlorella.

Functions:

This skin conditioning and protecting agent is believed to have powerful anti-aging benefits, mainly due to the fact that it's a rich source of carotenoids- a family of nutrients that, when ingested, deposit into the skin and protect it from the harmful effects of UV rays (i.e. pigmentation, sunburn, cancer. In fact, Korean researchers have discovered that when Lutein (a carotenoid) was extracted from chlorella vulgaris, it blocked the growth of human colon cancer cells.

It's also worth mentioning that chlorella vulgaris extract is loaded with amino acids such as lysine, proline, glycine, and alanine, all of which are the essential building blocks of proteins and constitute each individual collagen unit. Its large amino acid component leads many to believe that it has the ability to restructure and smooth out the surface of the skin, particularly with scarred or aging skin. Furthermore, chlorella vulgaris extract is an excellent source of methyl-cobolamine, the most absorbable form of vitamin B12. The poryphirins contained in the extract possess a metal binding effect that may help detoxify the body, and recent in-vivo studies demonstrate how it can induce the rapid removal of lead from toxic lab animals.

With regards to it's anti-aging benefits, many studies demonstrate the ingredient's ability to prevent the breakdown the skin's collagen and elasticity, as well as generate the production of more collagen. In some instances, a small concentration of .016%  stimulated collagen synthesis, and concentrations of .4% strongly increased the density of the epidermal layer. In addition, other studies have shown that it can increase skin firmness, significantly reduce the appearance of stretch marks and be particularly useful in treating any skin tissue suffering from physical aggression (i.e. pregnancy, sunbathing).

Recommended Products w/ chlorella vulgaris:

Aveda Green Science Firming Face Cream ($55)
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