What is Phytessence Wakame?

Hailed as the next wonder anti-aging ingredient, phytessence wakame is derived from an exotic kelp (actually a sea algae) native to the sea of Japan. What does it do?

- Prized for its ability to keep the skin looking youthful
- Rich in calcium and other important minerals, plus B-group vitamins
- Antioxidant, moisturing and smoothing
- Proven to increase skin elasticity
- Helps to heal irritated and dry skin
Wakame is a variety of kelp. Wakame is extensively cultivated and eaten both fresh and dried, for its health-giving properties, including its ability to keep the skin looking young and beautiful.

Wakame is rich in sodium, iron, potassium and calcium (15 times more calcium than milk). These minerals are essential to maintain the skinís moisture balance, and keep it looking firm and healthy. Wakame is also rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 B12, which help to sooth inflammation of the skin.

Phytessence Wakame also inhibits the activity of hyaluronidase, an enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid in the skin. Hyaluronic acid, together with elastin and collagen, is essential to maintain the elasticity, smoothness and tone of the skin. Without hyaluronic acid, the elastin and collagen fibers lose their "glue", which leads to a loss of youthful appearance and dark eye circles.

Recent research also shows that sulfated polyfucose, an active ingredient in wakame Ė protects the skin against damage caused by UV rays and environmental pollution.