Israeli Haematococcus Showcased in New Clinique Skincare Line

[Israel] Clinique has found a unique way to help repair skin for its newest cosmetic line. The algae, grown in the Israeli desert, is one of the main ingredients in the company’s new Custom Repair Serum. The beneficial properties of algae was developed for commercial use by Prof. Sammy Boussiba of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the first algae facility was built in the desert in the late 1990′s.

Since then, Israeli scientists have continued to study the algae – which gives salmon and lobster their distinctive pinkish color – for its unusual healing properties.

Dr. Amir Drory, director of Research and Development at Algatech, one of the largest algae farms in the desert, explained back in 2005 that algae is one of nature’s top sources of astaxanthin, a carotenoid which interferes with the production and build up of cancer cells and can help build immunity.

The properties of the algae also make it useful for skincare.

“The algae yield a polysaccharide which dissolves into a gel,” Prof. Shoshana Arad, explained a decade ago, before the BGU’s research had paid off big. “This gel is not only a superior lubricant, but also has anti-inflammatory and anti-irritating properties which makes it excellent for ophthalmic, joint and cosmetic applications.”

Now, after five years of study, Clinique has made the algae a headliner in its new, pricy skincare line.

“For more than five years, Clinique scientists conducted tests and learned how to combine and balance perfectly among the active ingredients and soothing ingredients,” bragged in their marketing materials for the new line. “This is not a simple achievement. The result is a harmonious combination of elements integrated into the most powerful remedy — the best serum ever developed Clinique.”

They also mention the algae which they call a “skin distress signal launcher” in their advertising, noting, “The potent algae from the warm Israeli desert will soothe your skin.”


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