Astaxanthin is the reddish pigment that is found in some seafood, and feathers of quails and flamingos. It belongs to a group of chemicals known as carotenoids and it causes the pink-red color in lobster, salmon, shrimp, trout, and other seafood (3). Good sources of Astaxanthin include crustaceans and marine algae.

In clinical trials, Astaxanthin has been shown to boost skin moisture levels, skin moisture retention, and elasticity. It promotes skin smoothness, reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Carotenoids are known for their strong photo-protective properties and strong antioxidants that increase the skins’ UV blocking properties, and ability to combat effects of free radicals (4).