Recognized for its antioxidant power, astaxanthin is a fat-soluble pigment belonging to the carotenoid family. Found in unicellular microalgae, it helps combat signs of skin aging. Generally well tolerated and without notable side effects, this active ingredient can be mixed with other substances to amplify its benefits. Let's discover them together.
Astaxanthin: Which other active ingredients should it be combined with?
Association #1: Astaxanthin and Carotenoids.
Theastaxanthin is known for its strong antioxidant power. Its effectiveness increases when it is combined with other carotenoids, particularly beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, or zeaxanthin.
Association No. 2: Astaxanthin and Vitamin E.
The Vitamin E (INCI: Tocopherol) was first identified in 1922. It is a fat-soluble compound and an essential component of sebum. When applied to the skin, it has antioxidant properties to combat oxidative stress. A study showed that astaxanthin was able to work in synergy with Vitamin E to enhance its antioxidant power.
This active ingredient combination is particularly beneficial for acne-prone skin. Indeed, dysseborrhea is characterized by a problem with the composition of sebum, notably a deficiency in vitamin E. This is a vitamin that protects squalene, one of the components of sebum, from being oxidized into lanosterol by free radicals.
Indeed, this change in composition results in a modification of the sebum's texture, which then becomes thick and eventually clogs the pores, promoting the appearance of pimples or blackheads. This synergy of active ingredients could help to compensate for the vitamin E deficiency and prevent the oxidation of squalene, allowing for the recovery of sebum with a normal texture and limiting the formation of pimples or comedones.
Association No. 3: Astaxanthin and Hyaluronic Acid.
Derived from the fermentation of wheat, hyaluronic acid is known for its highly hydrating properties. Indeed, it can retain up to a thousand times its weight in water. However, the body's production of hyaluronic acid tends to decrease with age, which leads to the appearance of the first fine lines on the skin's surface. The application of hyaluronic acid helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and make the skin more supple and toned. Clinical studies have also shown that astaxanthin can prevent skin dehydration. Working in synergy, they fight against the signs of skin aging and thus prevent skin dehydration.
Association No. 4: Astaxanthin and plant extracts rich in polyphenols.
Polyphenols are a family of molecules that plants naturally produce for their defense. These are powerful antioxidants capable of neutralizing free radicals. Certain plant extracts are particularly rich in polyphenols, including thered ginseng extract, thekale extract, rosemary extract, or even the tagetes extract.
We have made the decision to combineastaxanthin (INCI: Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract) with two plant extracts rich in polyphenols in our antioxidant face cream : theginseng extract (INCI: Panax Ginseng Root Extract) and thekale extract (INCI: Brassica Oleracea Acephala Leaf Extract) rich in sulfur. Thanks to this combination of botanical actives, this cream helps to combat free radicals responsible for dull complexion and premature skin aging.
KOGURE K. Novel antioxidative activity of astaxanthin and its synergistic effect with vitamin E. The Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology (2019).
OH S. & al. Antioxidative effects of ascorbic acid and astaxanthin on ARPE-19 cells in an oxidative stress model. Antioxidants (2020).