Marine extracts in 'Beauty From Within' inspired by Japanese quest for youthful skin

By Michelle Yeomans

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Marine extracts in 'Beauty From Within' inspired by Japanese quest for youthful skin

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Australian company, Vida Glow has developed a natural marine supplement to help stimulate the body’s natural supply of collagen based on Japanese traditions of using the ingredient to achieve radiant skin.

Japanese women have long used marine collagen as a secret weapon for youthful radiance, and recent studies now show the benefits of taking marine collagen are plentiful.

Usually derived from fish, the collagen can be extracted from the scale or skin and can be easy to digest in hydrolysed powder form as it has a higher bio-availability and absorption rate.

In this instance, founder Anna Lahey says her company uses the scale of the Deep Sea Red Snapper as it's 'richer in nutrients and collagen protein'.

The power of marine collagen

Vida Glow stimulates the production of the protein molecules from which collagen is formed. It’s also helpful in tightening loose skin after weight loss, decreasing the inflammatory response, and promoting tissue healing.

"I spent many years at university studying and working late which meant lots of caffeine to keep me going, chocolate for a quick boost in energy and whatever packaged food I would find that was ‘convenient’. This had detrimental effects on my health​," Lahey tells this publication.

Adding; "I discovered Marine Collagen on a trip to Japan. My lifestyle hadn’t changed much, but within three weeks I began to see results. Early on the difference was mainly to my skin, it felt significantly more hydrated and my complexion looked plump."

As collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, it also affects your joints, hair and nails. Collagen will help rejuvenate and nourish your hair for increased growth, thickness, texture and shine.

Marine Collagen can also be helpful for those suffering from skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. 

Australian companies power ahead with sea based formulations

Fellow Australian biotechnology company Marinova was recently acknowledged by the industry for its work on skin care bioactives from marine-plant extracts.

The firm received a silver medal at the Green Cosmetic Ingredient Awards in Barcelona earlier in the year for its work on the protective and anti-ageing properties of seaweed extracts.

The win coincided with the publishing of Marinova's work on those extracts - Maritech Bright' and 'Maritech Reverse'  in the peer-reviewed Swiss journal, Cosmetics. 

According to chief scientist Dr Helen Fitton, derived from the Undaria pinnatifida and Fucus vesiculosus species, the extracts are ideal for skin care applications.

On explaining the significance of the research, Dr Fitton says very few characterised seaweed extracts had been developed specifically for cosmetic and dermatological applications.

The cosmetics industry has long promoted the benefits of seaweeds and seaweed extracts. Unfortunately, the true efficacy of many seaweed ingredients is largely unknown."

The scientist says this was what motivated Marinova to develop cosmetic ingredients with 'proven bioactivity'.

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