It’s true! When used in topical applications, astaxanthin (a potent carotenoid found in microalgae) was found to be 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C and 550 times stronger than green tea catechins. Beyond its purpose as a free-radical fighter, this carotenoid has been clinically shown to improve skin hydration, elasticity, and smoothness after six to eight weeks of oral consumption.* Talk about a workhorse ingredient.
You can find astaxanthin in a load of topicals (namely eye creams and moisturizers), but if you want to double up on benefits, you might want to ingest it, too: Of course, topical products are top notch for addressing surface-level skin concerns, but for overall support, oral supplements can aid in hydration, elasticity, firmness, and tone.* Plus, when consumed, astaxanthin has been shown to improve moisture levels, especially around the eye area.*