Over the last few years, cosmetic companies have tried harnessing the skin enhancing properties of the sea (1). First it was caviar, then kelp, but now Marine Phytoplankton is gaining popularity. Why? Following a growing consciousness and awareness among cosmeceuticals and consumers, a need to replace synthetic ingredients with natural ingredients has emerged (2). First attempts used terrestrial - land derived - sources. 

However, studies show that the compounds from marine sources show much higher biological activity han those isolated from terrestrial sources (3-4).

plnktn. contains essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, omega-3 fatty acids, and even unique pigments that have positive influence on your skin (5).

Especially the carbohydrates have been utilized in numerous cosmetic formulations, as thickening and moisturizing agents (6-8). However, a growing interest is looking at the antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, which are abundantly present in plnktn.


We need a healthy skin, not just a pretty skin

Did you know that the skin is your biggest, heaviest and most complex organ? It is continuously occupied with excreting metabolic products, regulating body temperature and protecting us against environmental pathogens and radiation. 

Oxidative stress
During various biological reactions, free oxygen radicals are produced. These oxidative agents have the potential to protect us against invading micro-organisms. However, they also have the potential to cause damage to our normal cells when the amount of these oxidants exceeds our anti-oxidant capacity. This exceeding amount of damage is called oxidative-stress.


It is well known that oxidative stress, inflammation and UV-radiation (sunlight) are responsible for damage to the skin (9). This can lead to damaged DNA, chronic inflammatory responses, decreased production of anti-oxidants, and degradation of vital skin components, such as glycosaminoglycan, elastin, and collagen (10-11). This can significantly influence its structural integrity and protective barrier function, leading to a thinner and more vulnerable skin (12). This skin is more susceptible to show wrinkling, less elasticity, and more signs of inflammation (redness, etc).

plnktn. is a primary producer of omega 3 fatty acids and unique pigments, which have powerful antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties (13).


The anti oxidative properties of the pigments and the fatty acids can scavenge the excess of damaging oxygen radicals.

On top of that, the pigments and fatty acids can decrease the production of pro-inflammatory substances, thereby decreasing the degree and duration of the inflammatory response. Additionally, a vast amount of studies show that these powerful pigments and fatty acids have the ability to activate the immune cells: this supports a rapid response, and prevents a prolonged (damaging) state of inflammation (14). 

Another cause of damage to skin cells seems to be ultraviolet radiation. These pigments have been shown to posses the ability to lower and even reverse ultraviolet-induced damage to skin cells (15-18). 

Different substances found in Marine Phytoplankton are able to lower and reverse damage, thereby protecting the skin.

However, we do not want a supplement which only offers high dosages of such antioxidants, seeing research has shown that such supplement might damage our health.


OTHER SUBSTANCES in Marine Phytoplankton

plnktn. also contains zinc. Zinc plays a vital role in the skin functions, such as growth, repair and maintenance of skin, and is necessary for adequate wound healing. They also play a role in protecting cells against oxidative stress (19-22).

Research has shown amino acids are needed to support a healthy condition of the skin. They support its connective tissue and the production of collagen (23). Marine Phytoplankton contains all essential amino acids. 


In practice, studies that analyzed the intake of these pigments, fatty acids, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals have shown improvement of moisture content, facial elasticity and a decrease in wrinkles and microbial presence in the skin (24-32).

What do we need?

In order to protect the skin against oxidative damage, inflammation and UV-radiation, we need a combination of nutrients that posses ant-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and UV-neutralizing properties. Marine Phytoplankton offers a combination of unique nutrients such as: pigments, omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. 

plnktn. is not a replacement for your current dermatologic medication. Always consult your or our doctor before taking plnktn. as a replacement for prescribed medicine.


discover marine phytoplankton

Marine Phytoplankton, an "all-in-one" superfood full of natural nutrients. 

Besides being the source of Omega-3 fatty acids, Marine Phytoplankton is rich in vitamins minerals and strong antioxidants. 

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Please click below to see which scientific articles were used to gather information concerning the subject.

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