Take Shelter from UV Rays with Red Algae

7/30/2012 Osmosis Skincare 0 Comments

by Jamie Palmer, BSN, RN

Red Algae
Porphyra Umbilicalis, or Red Algae, is a simple organism that is exposed to large amounts of UV radiation over its life span.  It is the only living organism that can absorb harmful UV radiation protecting the skin.  You might recognize it as nori when eating sushi but as it matures, it turns from green to a reddish or purple color.  For such a simple organism, it provides a very important function for our skin.  Not only does it have antioxidant properties, this form of algae has a specific amino acid that can filter UVA rays.

UVA rays are the form of ultraviolet radiation that are responsible for causing damage to our skin, forming free radicals, and causing our skin to age with exposure.  Most commercial chemical sunscreens offer limited UVA coverage and protect the skin from UVB rays.  Spending large amounts of time in the sun with a UVB sunscreen makes you feel like you are protecting your skin, but in actuality, you are only protecting your skin from getting a sunburn - aging is still occurring. 

In our physical sunscreen, Shelter, we use Red Algae along with micronized Zinc Oxide to help filter UVA and UVB rays.  Red algae has better SPF boosting capabilities, is safer for your skin and provides long-lasting coverage.  Red Algae is also better at preventing the formation of free radicals from sun exposure protecting our cells and DNA from damage.  When Red Algae was incorporated into products, it was shown to not only provide better UVA protection than chemical sun filters on the market, it also made peoples' skin appear firmer and smoother.  The use of Shelter both prevents and reverses the signs of aging.  If you think that Shelter is only vital for when you are in the sun, think again.  Glass only cuts the amount of UVA when indoors by 60%, still exposing your skin to 40% UVA.  Regardless of your activity or the time of year, protecting your skin from UVA is essential to the fight against aging skin.

With the combination of Red Algae and 13.5% Zinc Oxide to provide broad spectrum ultraviolet protection, hydrating Shea Butter, Macadamia Oil and Kukui Seed Oil, Shelter should be your moisturizer of choice for the daytime.

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