Plankton power


The seahorses probably wanted to keep it quiet but the secret’s out. Their favourite snack has been bottled up into a skin treatment to fight fine lines and wrinkles.

Seahorse Plankton High Definition Facial Oil is part of the Beauty Kitchen range, sold at Holland and Barrett among other outlets. And it’s amazingly effective.

I came across it while writing a short feature on the weirder ingredients to be found in today’s lotions and potions.  I’d navigated my way through bovine placenta, snake venom and snail mucus before I discovered the little blue bottle. At first I thought some barbaric cosmetics company had started harvesting seahorses but a closer look (and a reassuring press release) revealed that it’s actually their favourite foodstuff that has the seriously impressive youth-boosting claims.

All the Omega 3 fatty acids you find in fish are accumulated through the consumption of microalgae, according to The Beauty Kitchen, who have research that suggests this ocean treasure, jam-packed with vitamins, antioxidants may increase collagen production by 19.3 percent in just 24 hours.

Microalgae has much smaller size molecules than ordinary algae, so it’s certainly going to be very efficiently absorbed, meaning your skin receives particularly potent hit of rich marine-based nutrients.

As far as all-natural moisturisers go, this is about as good as it gets for me. My skin looked visibly better after a couple of weeks of night time use and I’ve especially noticed the fine lines on my forehead become less noticeable.

I recently developed an addiction to avocados, so who knows if they’ve got something to do with my fresher face.   But for a bargain £19.99/100ml I’m sticking with the seahorses.

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