The global skincare market is constantly in search of new ingredients that redefine what we rub on our skin, with the latest trend being the use of Starfish Extract which promises to rejuvenate, revitalize and firm up your skin while giving it long-lasting hydration.
Derived from the star-shaped sea creature, Starfish Extract is said to be effective due to the animal’s ability to regenerate its own limbs. According to FutureDerm, starfish skin is boosted with calcium, which functions as a defense mechanism against underwater predators.
In a study conducted by the International Journal of Molecular Medicine (1), the skincare effects of Asterina pectinifera extracts (or extracts from the blue bat star species of starfish) were tested. The study reported that the extract was used to treat skin pigmentation, and may be helpful as a potential treatment for hyperpigmentation.
In terms of regenerating human skin, Starfish Extract is able to rejuvenate the skin for a youthful, hydrated complexion.
The extract is rich in anti-microbial effects and contains skin-whitening materials that reduce the melanin production in your cells. Starfish Extract also has anti inflammatory effects and has the potential to heal wounds and scars. Expect to see brighter and smoother skin, as products containing this extract are packed with vitamins and collagen.