Exploring the potential of using algae in cosmetics

Hui Min David Wang, Ching Chun Chen, Pauline Huynh, Jo Shu Chang

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-362
Number of pages8
JournalBioresource technology
Volume184
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 May 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal

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