Review Article
Volume 15 Issue 11 - 2020
Algae as Alternative Source of Bioactive Compounds for Cosmetics
Enrico Doria*, Marta Temporiti, Manuela Verri, Maurizia Dossena and Daniela Buonocore
Department of Biology and Biotechnology, University of Pavia, Italy
*Corresponding Author: Enrico Doria, Department of Biology and Biotechnology, University of Pavia, Italy.
Received: September 17, 2020; Published: October 31, 2020


The applications of algae in cosmetic products have recently received attention in the treatment of skin problems, such as aging and pigment disorders. Many secondary metabolites from macro- and microalgae are known for their skin benefits, which include protection from UV radiations and prevention of rough texture, wrinkles, and skin flaccidity. There are, therefore, potential uses in the areas of anti-aging, skin-whitening, and pigmentation reduction products. Several macro and microalgae are used in cosmetics due to the presence of bioactive compounds like polysaccharides used as moisturizing agents or thickeners in creamy cosmetic formulations. In the present review, several algal functional compounds (phlorotannins, xanthophylls, sulphated polysaccharides, tyrosinase inhibitors) have been presented and discussed toward cosmeceutical application.

Keywords: Macroalgae; Skin Aging; Skin Health; Skin Whitening; Microalgae; Bioactive Compounds


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