It is a translucent orange, oily liquid which is comprised of an exclusive blend of Microalgae with Sunflower Seed Oil. It is GMO free and preservative free.
Algaktiv Zen binds to the glucocorticoid receptor to prevent stress induced damage thus restoring the balance of the skin. Tests on people showed that in just 15 days, wrinkle depth had been reduced by 15% and skin scaliness reduced by 13%. Skin radiance was improved by 10%. Dry and flaky skin improved. Most impressively, there was an immediate decrease in nervous hand sweat of the 90% of the volunteers tested.
Our skin is our body’s largest organ and is deeply connected with our neurological system. It is affected by daily stress, pollution, weather and environmental factors such as central heating. Naturally our sleep patterns also affect the way our skin functions.
Cortisol is a glucocorticoid (steroid hormone) and is produced from cholesterol in the two adrenal glands located on top of each kidney. Our bodies have a normal cortisol circadian rhythm that is vital for both the physical and psychological repair of our bodies.
Cortisol is normally released in response to stress whether physical or emotional. When daily stresses disrupt our normal cortisol circadian rhythm we suffer the after effects which can age the skin and can cause a reduction in the levels of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in the skin. This can lead to problems such as dry and dull skin, increased scarring and delay in repairs, thinning of the skin and barrier disruptions of the skin.
Helianthus annus seed oil, Plankton extract, Tocopherol
The individual materials that make up Algaktiv Zen are listed on the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing) here.
Use in daily defense creams, lotions and serums to improves the skin’s radiance.
Add to special treatment gels for difficult areas like knees and elbows where it will improve the scaly skin.
Dry and flaky skin improves with Algaktiv Zen so add to wraps, body lotions and sprays for the body.
It significantly reduces wrinkle depth so add to night creams and eye serums.
It has been noticed in trials, that most people noticed a decrease in nervous hand sweat so this could be useful in deodorant blends.
It is non irritating and non sensitising so is therefore ideal for use in products for sensitive skin.
It protects from modern society's top two skin lifestyle stressors of fatigue and inner stress and can create a relaxed skin appearance. It restores the skin's natural circadian rhythm which improves its healing ability.
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 BioEnergiser in a light, leave on hair conditioner for this purpose.
It is oil soluble so use in oil based serums, massage oils, oil gelées, creams and lotions.
It is not soluble in water so cannot be used in toners and facial sprays unless a solubilizer is added.
Use at 1%.
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.
Use it with Prickly Pear Seed and Lime Seed Oils to help improve the thickness of the skin and reduces the depth of wrinkles and scaliness on the skin.
It is a skin conditioning agent and combines well with some of our other powerful skin conditioning Active Ingredients such as Coenzyme Q10 Plus E, Lupine Peptides and Remodelling Intense.
Dry and flaky skin improves and becomes more radiant and supple with the use of Algaktiv Zen.
Use it in a nourishing oil blend along with fatty oils such as Avocado Oil, Baobab Seed, Brazil Nut and lighter oils such as Rice Bran, Sunflower and Evening Primrose Oil.
As Algaktiv Zen can also help with stress related acne, combine with Grape Seed, Perilla, Black Seed, Pomegranate and Watermelon Seed oils along with Anti Acne Active Formula in a product for acne prone skin.
Combine with Tomato Seed, Jojoba and White Poppy Seed Oils for a relaxing massage blend with your favourite essential oils.
Daily Face Serum
Stage 1: (Room Temperature)
38% Tomato Seed Oil
37% White Poppy Seed Oil
19% Brazil Nut Oil
2% Pomegranate Seed Oil
2% Vitamin E
1% Algaktiv Zen
1% Essential Oils of your choice (we used Galbanum, Elemi & Spikenard)
Weigh all ingredients and combine thoroughly. Bottle and label. Apply a few drops over the face daily.
Algaktiv Zen Soothing Hair Pack
Stage 1 (above 75°C)
10% Brazil Nut Oil
10% Emulsifying Wax
5% White Poppy Seed Oil
Stage 2 (above 75°C)
64% Boiling Spring Water
3% Comfrey Glycerol Extract
Stage 3 (below 40°C)
5% Broccoli Seed Oil
1% Algaktive Zen
1% Preservative 12
1% Essential Oil of your choice (we used Palmarosa)
Weigh all Stage 1 ingredients into a stainless steel bowl and place into saucepan of boiling water (double boiler/bain marie). Bring up to a temperature of over 75°C.
When the Stage 1 is over 75°C, add the boiling water to a larger stainless steel bowl. Swap the bowls over so the larger bowl is in the double boiler. Pour the Stage 1 (fat stage) ingredients into the large bowl (Stage 2) and stir gently without creating air bubbles.
When everything is over 75°C, stir continuously for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, remove bowl from the double boiler and put into a pan of cold water to cool it down quickly. Keep stirring all the time.
When the cream or lotion is under 40°C, add the remaining Stage 3 ingredients. Combine thoroughly, jar and label.
Rub onto scalp and wrap hair in a warm towel for half an hour. Rinse off then shampoo as normal. Alternatively, apply to scalp and leave on overnight before washing off and shampooing as normal.
We have found this hair pack leaves the scalp soothed and the hair extremely soft and shiny. With repeated use, scalp irritation and flakiness has vastly improved.
For more information and guidance on making your own skin care products please see Aromantic's books and eBooks in our Publications section.
These notes are not meant to replace medical guidance and you should seek the advice of your doctor for your health matters. The formulae are given in good faith and are intended for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated or tested in any way and Aromantic Ltd. makes no claim as to their effectiveness. It is up to the reader to ensure that any products they produce from these recipes are safe to use, and if relevant, compliant under current cosmetic regulations.
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 has to go back to work and back home after the wonderful time they had at the spa and even paying off the credit card bill for the spa experience will add to the stress levels.
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 Alkaktiv Zen to be sold as a cosmetic product. However, when you see the effects it can have you on the skin you will agree that it appears to be so much more.