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Mussels May Be Hottest New Skin Care Ingredient

Posted: July 29, 2008

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As to the active compounds in the extracts, the researchers believe that the anti-inflammatory fatty acids present may play a role. "We believe the omega-3 (EPA and DHA) and omega-6 (AA) essential fatty acids actively take part possibly via the reduction of the initial inflammatory phase and consequent facilitation of the subsequent wound healing steps through stimulation of dermal and epidermal regeneration, proliferation of fibroblasts and formation of new well structured capillary vessels," write the report's authors.

In addition, the researchers note that the mussel extract that performed slightly better than the clam has slightly higher levels of omega-3 and essential fatty acids.

The authors conclude that the extracts have 'an outstanding potential' to be used in ointments and skin care products.

CosmeticsDesign-Europe.com, July 29, 2008