Cosmeceuticals Derived from Bioactive Substances Found in Marine Algae
Received Date: Jun 21, 2013 / Accepted Date: Jul 29, 2013 / Published Date: Jul 31, 2013
Among marine organisms, marine algae are rich sources of structurally diverse bioactive compounds with various biological activities. Algae are widespread everywhere on earth where there is light to carry out photosynthesis and have the potential to produce a number of valuable compounds like Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs), pigments, and antioxidants for pharmaceuticals, biomedical and nutraceutical products. This review considers recent progress in the application of bioactive substances derived from marine algae as potential cosmeceuticals. The biological activities of terpenoids, carotenoids, tocopherol, phenolic compounds, polysaccharides (fucoidan, carrageenans, alginates and agar), unsaturated fatty acids and mycosporin-like amino acids are reported in order to evaluate their potential use in future cosmetic skin care products.
Keywords: Marine algae; Bioactive substances; Cosmeceuticals; Anti-aging; Skin care
Citation: Agatonovic-Kustrin S, Morton DW (2013) Cosmeceuticals Derived from Bioactive Substances Found in Marine Algae. Oceanography 1: 106. Doi: 10.4172/2332-2632.1000106
Copyright: © 2013 Agatonovic-Kustrin S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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