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Ascophyllum nodosum is big brown seaweed, also known as Norwegian Kelp, Knotted Kelp, Knotted wrack or Wrack egg. It grows exclusively in the intertidal areas of the North Atlantic coasts.
Ascophyllum nodosum grows in cold, crystal clear water withstanding both freezing in winter and full exposure to the sun in summer. Northern Norway is in fact known as the “Land of the midnight sun”. Its extreme climatic conditions mean that some chemical compositions are produced naturally in greater amounts than the seaweed in other parts of the world.

Asparagopsis armata, is red alga commonly known as Harpoon weed. It was first recorded in Algeria in 1923. It is believed that its inadvertent introduction to mainland Europe in 1925 was associated along with the deliberate import of oysters. Rafting and floating are thought to be the cause of this alga’s establishment in Great Britain and Ireland in 1941. Today, Asparagopsis armata is well established in the sandy basins of the lower intertidal and subtidal zones, on rocks or epiphytically rooted plants where waters are shaded and calm. It can be mainly found in the following defined regions: the Southern Coast of Ouessant Island, the western coast of Ireland, and the South western coast of Great Britain.

  • Ascophyllum nodosum contains over 60 known minerals and elements, more than 12 vitamins (carotene, tocopherol and folic acid), carbohydrates as well as a full range of amino acids. It also contains secondary components that are made up of polysaccharides; alginates, cellulose, and sulphated polysaccharides such as fucans and laminarins. Thus acts as a protective shield for the skin’s micro capillary integrity and against both the anti-aging and photo-aging caused by UV radiation.

  • It has been demonstrated that the most abundant water soluble polysaccharides found in Asparagopsis armat are sulphated galactans that help prevent the appearance of signs of aging especially when the skin is exposed to external stresses such UV, atmospheric pollutants and other deleterious agents.

  • Algae normalize the excessive increase of microcirculation caused by UV exposure optimizing it to a value observed in normal, non-irradiated skin.

  • Prevent the appearance of signs of aging.

  • Provide the skin with the tools it needs to protect the integrity of the microcapillaries.

  • Support the skin’s inflammatory processes.

  • Improve the skin micronutrition.

  • Protect against both the anti-aging and photo-aging caused by UV radiation.

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