Controlling oxidation in skin care products with novel seaweed antioxidants

Ditte Baun Hermund, Niruja Sivasubramaniam, Shuk Yee Heung, R. Neerup, Birgitte Raagaard Thomsen, Susan Løvstad Holdt, Charlotte Jacobsen

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Studies have shown that brown macroalgae contain a wide range of bioactive compounds. Hence, brown algae have great potential as a resource for development of new natural antioxidants, which can be used to increase the oxidative stability of lipid rich products. In skin care emulsions such as facial cream, unsaturated lipids, e.g. oleic and linoleic acid, play a role in skin strengthening and water hold capacity. However, these lipids are prone to oxidation, which results in lost functionality, development of undesirable off-odors and oxidative stress in the skin.
Our ongoing work aims to extract highly antioxidative compounds from brown alga Saccharina latissima and Fucus vesiculosus and investigate possible applications of these extracts in skin care emulsions (facial cream). Water and ethanolic extracts were produced and the antioxidant compounds were characterized and the in vitro antioxidant properties determined. Storage trials with different formulations of skin care emulsions with seaweed extract added were conducted and the oxidative stability was evaluated during storage (dark at room temperature).
The antioxidant composition and properties in vitro were highly dependent on the extraction media and type of seaweed. Generally, extracts from F. vesiculosus possessed higher in vitro antioxidant activity compared with similar S. latissima extracts.
In a model system (facial cream) ethanolic F. vesiculosus extract was able to lower development of secondary oxidation products with up to 30% compared to a control without seaweed extract. However, the physical stability of the facial cream was challenged when F. vesiculosus extracts were added. In another trial, commercial cream was added S. latissima extracts and the oxidative stability was determined in order to evaluate the antioxidant efficacy of different types of S. latissima extracts. However, no clear antioxidant activity of S. latissima extracts in the cream, because the cream itself was stable, both physically and oxidatively, during 10 week at these storage conditions. Therefore, accelerated studies will be performed in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2018
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event2nd International Symposium on Lipid Oxidation and Antioxidants - Graz, Austria
Duration: 4 Jun 20186 Jun 2018
Conference number: 2


Conference2nd International Symposium on Lipid Oxidation and Antioxidants


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