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Bioresour Technol. 2015 May;184:355-362. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2014.12.001. Epub 2014 Dec 8.

Exploring the potential of using algae in cosmetics.

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1
Department of Fragrance and Cosmetic Science, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan; Graduate Institute of Natural Products, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan.
2
Department of Fragrance and Cosmetic Science, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan.
3
Ecole de Biologie Industrielle, École de Biologie Industrielle, 95094, France.
4
Department of Chemical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan; Center for Biosciences and Biotechnology, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan; Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan. Electronic address: changjs@mail.ncku.edu.tw.

Abstract

The applications of microalgae in cosmetic products have recently received more attention in the treatment of skin problems, such as aging, tanning and pigment disorders. There are also potential uses in the areas of anti-aging, skin-whitening, and pigmentation reduction products. While algae species have already been used in some cosmetic formulations, such as moisturizing and thickening agents, algae remain largely untapped as an asset in this industry due to an apparent lack of utility as a primary active ingredient. This review article focuses on integrating studies on algae pertinent to skin health and beauty, with the purpose of identifying serviceable algae functions in practical cosmetic uses.

KEYWORDS:

Algae; Antimicrobial functions; Cosmetic formulation; Depigmentation; Skin aging

PMID:
25537136
DOI:
10.1016/j.biortech.2014.12.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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