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Algaktiv Zen


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Inci:Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Plankton Extract, Tocopherol

Algaktiv® Zen helps to prevent stress induced damage to the skin and restores balance to skin. It visibly reduces scaliness and the depth of wrinkles on the skin.


It is a translucent, brownish, oily liquid with a slight odour that is easily covered in a finished product. The specific microalgae (plankton) are cultured in closed containers with purified water to ensure the purity of the product. Although these microalgae can be harvested in the wild, they would be prone to marine pollution. The finished product is GMO free and preservative free.The Sunflower Seed Oil is to keep the microalgae fluid and pourable and the Vitamin E is added as an antioxidant to protect the product from oxidation.
  • Use at 1%.
  • Oil soluble, so cannot be used in water only products. It can be used in water based gels where it will be held in suspension.
  • It is damaged by heat, so add in Stage 3 (below 40 °C) when making creams and lotions.
  • Store below 25 °C but not in the ‘fridge door. Do not freeze and do not shake.
Cortisol released in response to stress, whether physical or emotional, disrupts the normal cortisol circadian rhythm and can age the skin by causing a reduction in the levels of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid present in the skin.
Algaktiv® Zen binds to the glucocorticoid receptor to prevent stress induced damage, thus restoring the balance of the skin.
Cosmetic Functions:
The individual materials that make up Algaktiv® Zen are listed on the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing) here



Skin Care
  • Algaktiv® Zen significantly reduces wrinkle depth. Studies showed this was up to 15% in just 15 days. Excellent to add to night creams and eye serums.
  • Scaly, dry and flaky skin improves, becoming more supple with the use of Algaktiv® Zen. Studies showed a 13% improvement, but this can be added to my using nourishing oils such as Avocado Oil and Evening Primrose Oil. This can be very beneficial in creams and gels for use in rough skin areas such as knees and elbows.
  • Skin radiance increased by 10% in trials, making this ideal for use in daily defense creams and facial serums. It blends well with lighter oils such as Rice Bran Oil and White Poppy Seed Oil.
  • In the manufacturer’s trials, 90% of the volunteers tested reported a reduction in nervous hand sweat. This benefit can be used in deodorants and hand creams.
  • It is non-irritating and non-sensitising so is therefore ideal for use in products for sensitive skin.
  • Fragile, thin skin can be improved by blending with Prickly Pear Seed Oil. As well as making the skin more resilient, it will reduce the visible depth of the wrinkles.
Hair Care
  • In hair care products it is excellent in helping to reduce dandruff, hairline psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis which can all be exacerbated by stress. Combine with Pomegranate Seed, Sacha Inchi, Brazil Nut, Oat and Meadowfoam oils for a soothing scalp oil.
  • It may also be useful in decreasing stress related hair loss. Combine with Bio Energiser in a light, leave on hair conditioner for this purpose.


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Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally, it has been spas and spa retreats that had the greatest effect in reducing stress levels that affect the skin. Of course, the client had to go back to work and back home after the wonderful time they had at the spa. Even paying off the credit card bill for the spa experience would have added to the stress levels.
Historical Information
With the older cosmetic legislation, many mainstream cosmetic manufacturers made outrageous claims that completely stepped over the boundaries of what a cosmetic was and were making medical claims for their products.
The legislation has tightened up a lot in recent years and allowed a product such as Algaktiv® Zen to be sold as a cosmetic product. However, when you see the effects it can have on your skin, it appears to be so much more than just a cosmetic.
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    20 November 2020
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    I recommend this product

    a lovely product to mix with oils.

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