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known as green microalgae, plankton extract

source Fresh water microalgae
DNA Repair: Arctic Water (Iceland)
Prebiotic: Lake (Pyrenees and Mediterranean)

function DNA Repair: total skin restoration
Prebiotic: supports healing, microbiome-balancing

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Chlorella Vulgaris (Microalgae) Extract

Chlorella vulgaris is a form of green microalgae, also known as phytoplankton, and is a rich source of carotenoids. In our formulas, we utilize this extract in two different forms.

DNA repair

In the first, chlorella vulgaris and a second microalgae extract, haematococcus pluvialis, form a powerful DNA repairing active.

This specialty extraction containing multi-pathway healing enzymes is encapsulated in a lecithin delivery mechanism to ensure optimal skin penetration. Specifically developed to deliver peak activity while you sleep, these enzymes do not require UV light nor cellular energy (ATPs) to be activated. The three enzymes, UVDE (UV Damage Endonuclease), OGG1 (Oxoguanine Glycosylase), and TRX (Thioredoxin), enhance both DNA repair and antioxidant system functionality to provide visible results. Impressively, studies show keratinocyte repair more than doubles over an 8-hour period of sleep and visible improvements in skin radiance, firmness and smoothness are evident in as little as 10 days.

Prebiotic

Secondly, specially derived from the cell wall of chlorella, is a prebiotic active that supports tissue repair and a balanced skin microbiome.

Its comprehensive approach to skin integrity ensures visibly clear, resilient skin, and has been shown to outperform epidermal growth factor (EGF) on primary keratinocytes growth and motility. This unique active’s cell renewal power is triggered by the production of transforming growth factor alpha (TGF-α) and the potent cell thickening signal Dikkopf-1 (DKK-1).

It also demonstrates a direct prebiotic effect by supporting S. epidermidis (beneficial microbial species) while reducing detrimental species like P. acnes (acne), M. furfur (dandruff) and S. aureus (atopic dermatitis + infections). In addition, it enhances the skin’s defense system by boosting the secretion of antimicrobial peptides like CXCL10 for a complete prebiotic effect. Two clinical studies from the manufacturer demonstrate the impact of its microbiome-centric benefits: helping promote clear skin and combating visible effects of inflammatory reactions.

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