Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract


Plant extracts

Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract at a glance

  • A type of algae rich in a potent antioxidant compound known as astaxanthin
  • Works powerfully for both anti-ageing and soothing skin
  • Has been shown to boost SPF values in sunscreen formulations
  • Its fatty acid profile shows promise for calming environmentally damaged skin

Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract description

_Haematococcus pluvialis_ extract is a type of algae rich in an antioxidant compound known as astaxanthin. Astaxanthin helps reduce oxidative stress and its resulting damage in skin, thereby offsetting unwanted effects of exposure to the sun, pollutants, etc. _Haematococcus pluvialis_ extract’s reparative qualities make it a welcome addition to anti-ageing skin care products and any formulation where healthy skin is the goal. Its soothing effects jibe well with compromised skin. Additionally, _Haematococcus pluvialis_ extract has been studied for its ability to enhance the protection level in sunscreens. In one study, concentrations as low as 0.5% and 1% of astaxanthin extracted from Haematococcus pluvialis significantly increased the SPF value. Another benefit of _Haematococcus pluvialis_ is its fatty acid content, which shows promise for calming environmentally damaged skin. Based on lifecycle stage as well as other conditions (including climate), _Haematococcus pluvialis_ can be either green or red in appearance. The red phase is what produces the astaxanthin content, since astaxanthin is a carotenoid ingredient with a characteristic reddish-orange hue. If this extract sounds familiar to you outside of the cosmetics industry that’s because it’s used in a wide range of other applications, including in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and dietary supplement industries. There are no safety concerns for the typical amounts used in cosmetics, which ranges from 0.1–2%.

Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract references

  • IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, May 2021, pages 1-7
  • https://www.deepdyve.com/lp/iop-publishing/evaluation-of-sunscreen-cream-incorporated-with-astaxanthin-from-oW84RMbh0Q?articleList=%2Fsearch%3Fquery%3Dhaematococcus%2Bpluvialis%2Bextract
  • Marine Drugs, September 2020, pages 11-22
  • https://www.deepdyve.com/lp/pubmed-central/astaxanthin-and-other-nutrients-from-haematococcus-pluvialis-jN1TYzSvFr?articleList=%2Fsearch%3Fquery%3DHaematococcus%2Bpluvialis%2Bextract%2Bsafety
  • Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, August 2020, pages 1-13
  • https://www.deepdyve.com/lp/pubmed-central/purified-astaxanthin-from-haematococcus-pluvialis-promotes-tissue-RFCS2fOQ91?articleList=%2Fsearch%3Fquery%3Dhaematococcus%2Bpluvialis%2Bextract
  • International Journal of Food Science & Technology, January 2019, pages 376-386
  • https://www.deepdyve.com/lp/wiley/highly-efficient-preparation-of-free-all-trans-astaxanthin-from-xpc5XSyg0F?articleList=%2Fsearch%3Fquery%3Dhaematococcus%2Bpluvialis%2Bextract
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences, June 2016, pages 1-13
  • https://www.deepdyve.com/lp/pubmed-central/enriched-astaxanthin-extract-from-haematococcus-pluvialis-augments-N3He28IeHZ?articleList=%2Fsearch%3Fquery%3D%2522enriched%2Bastaxanthin%2522

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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