Improving oxidative stability of skin care emulsions with antioxidant extracts from brown alga Fucus vesiculosus

Ditte Baun Hermund, Shuk Yee Heung, Birgitte Raagaard Thomsen, Casimir C. Akoh, Charlotte Jacobsen*

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Skin‐care products are known delivery systems of functional lipids that can enhance the natural defense of skin. Unsaturated lipids, e.g., linoleic acids, are more susceptible to lipid oxidation than saturated lipids. Therefore, lipid oxidation must be prevented to preserve the functionality of the unsaturated lipids in skin‐care products. The antioxidant properties of two Fucus vesiculosus extracts (water extract [WE] and 80% [v/v] ethanol extract [EE]) were evaluated. Both extracts had high in vitro antioxidant properties and a high phenolic content. The antioxidant efficacy of the extracts was evaluated by addition of 0.05% and 0.1% (w/w) freeze‐dried extracts to facial cream formulations. The cream was stored up to 42 days (dark, 20 °C) and the oxidative stability was determined by following tocopherol consumption and development in peroxides and secondary oxidation products. The results showed that EE was able to reduce the peroxide oxidation rate from 84.8% (control without extract) to 41.3%. Furthermore, a higher efficacy was observed for EE over WE. This was most likely related to higher phenolic content, high radical‐scavenging activity, and moderate metal‐chelating ability. However, WE indicated regeneration of tocopherols by amphiphilic polyphenolic phlorotannins, with interfacial properties. The results show that F. vesiculosus extracts rich in antioxidative phlorotannins can play an important role in reducing lipid oxidation and maintaining the quality of cream.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the american oil chemists society
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)1509-1520
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Emulsion
  • Lipid oxidation
  • Quality
  • Antioxidant
  • Seaweed
  • Phlorotannin

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