Which algae pigments can be used in cosmetics

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Which algae pigments can be used in cosmetics

Postby cacofonix » Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:19 am

The high cost of algae based fuel is making many algae enegry companies consider other algae applications as a temporary measure until they are able to get the costs to competitive levels. In this context, producing algae for their pigments to be used in cosmetics is one method of making business viable.

Algae have a number of pigments - Chlorophyll a, b, c1 & c2, fucoxanthin, peridinin, phycobilins, phycoerythrin and phycocyanin. I'm not sure if all these pigment can be used for cosmetics or whether it is only a subset of these that can find applications.
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Re: Which algae pigments can be used in cosmetics

Postby greengold09 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:55 am

Hi,
I have read that the red microalgae have accessory pigments, known as phycobiliproteins, which are red or blue. These algal pigments are used as natural colorants for food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Apart from pigments some other forms of algae, such as Irish moss and carrageenan, contain proteins, vitamin A, sugar, starch, vitamin B1, iron, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, and calcium. These are all beneficial for skin, either as emollients or antioxidants.These are also used in cosmetic industry.
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Re: Which algae pigments can be used in cosmetics

Postby cacofonix » Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:56 pm

Sounds like algae should be worth their weight in gold (if not oil!)
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vitamin b1

Postby casa » Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:23 pm

[quote="greengold09"]Hi,
I have read that the red microalgae have accessory pigments, known as phycobiliproteins, which are red or blue. These algal pigments are used as natural colorants for food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Apart from pigments some other forms of algae, such as Irish moss and carrageenan, contain proteins, vitamin A, sugar, starch, vitamin B1, iron, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, and calcium. These are all beneficial for skin, either as emollients or antioxidants.These are also used in cosmetic industry.[/quote]

Have any studies been done that you've heard about related to usefulness of vitamin B1 in cosmetics?
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