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Marine Plankton

Phytoplankton, Pure Collagen from Nature

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Scientific Name:{Camba}
Common Name: {Plankton extract, Phytoplankton}
Common Sources: {Seaweed, Algae}

Plankton extracts come from many different sources, including many species of seaweed and algae. Plankton is tiny marine creatures that drift through the water, feasting on whatever smaller plant particles they can find. They are full of nutrients and are an essential part of many animals’ diets, including the enormous baleen whale. In addition, many fish species rely on a steady supply of plankton to feed and protect their newly laid eggs. The plankton used to make plankton extracts are generally of the algae variety, as they contain vital proteins and enzymes that can improve the look of aging skin.

Marine Plankton is incorporated a plethora of highly nutritious elements. As a result, it is one of the full ingredients that you can use in skincare products. Not only does it provide the necessary vitamins and minerals for skin functioning, but it contains amino acids, micronutrients, and essential fatty acids. This highly nutritious ingredient feeds your skin with these nutrients:

  • Thiamine (Vitamin B1), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), Vitamin B12, C, E, Folic Acid, Beta-carotene, Potassium, Riboflavin, Selenium,
  • EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids): Omega-3, Omega - 6, Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), Glutamic Acid, Linoleic-Acid
Amino Acids:
  • , Arginine, Cysteine, Glutamine, Glutathione, Lysine, Magnesium, Asparagine, Aspartic Acid, Bioflavonoids, Biotin, Boron, Calcium, Chlorophyll, Chromium, Cobalt, Electrolytes, Fiber, Fluorine, Germanium, Glycine, Glycogen, Histidine, Iodine, Iron, Lecithin, Leucine, Manganese, Methionine, Molybdenum, Nickel, Nucleic Acids, Phenylalanine, Phosphorous, Proline, RNA, Serine, Silicon, Sodium, Threonine, Tyrosine, Valine, Vanadium, Zinc.
  • Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)
  • Copper

Plankton extracts are high in essential fatty acids, which are the building blocks of healthy cells. They also provide deep, enduring moisture to the skin, both by being a source of moisture themselves and training the skin to hold on to its moisture instead of excreting it to the surface. In addition, these fatty acids can improve the broken capillaries' look by providing the skin's components to restore itself. While you can obtain many of these components from the food we eat, they are more efficiently utilized when applied topically to the targeted area.

Because some forms of plankton survive off photosynthesis, they contain vital enzymes that can brighten skin appearance. Along with Vitamin B and riboflavin, which act as antioxidants, these enzymes help remove the look of impurities, including dark spots and blemishes, and restore skin to a more radiant appearance.

Plankton’s antioxidant and chlorophyll content also helps protect skin from further aging, not just removing free radicals caused by sun exposure but also blocking UV light.

With a high zinc content, plankton has important antibacterial properties, reducing the number of blemishes and pimples on the face along with its natural moisturizing properties. Zinc is also necessary for the regeneration of cells and can promote stronger, more vibrant-looking skin.

Additionally, like most natural plant extracts, this extract can calm the look of inflamed, irritated complexions. Because it can also hydrate skin, making plankton ideal for any skin condition that causes dryness and redness, including rosacea and eczema.

Plankton is safe to use, even for sensitive skin, because it is designed to calm where other products might inflame. Adding a plankton extract product or the extract to makeups, lotions, or serums can make you look healthier and feel more resilient.

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Kari Thomas wrote this article.

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