Ingredient Spotlight – Wakame Extract

Ingredient Spotlight – Wakame Extract

Evolving over billions of years, the oceans are a magnificent part of our world and an integral life support for all life. Today, being World Ocean Day, honours their importance, and reminds us that we must take action now to reduce our destructive impact and develop a worldwide movement for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans

The marine environment is renowned for its rich source of biological diversity. And with our biocompatibility with the plant and aquatic world, these ingredients present incredibly effective and diverse skin improving attributes

For Hunter Lab, the oceans provide a unique source of resource and inspiration,  producing a bounty of super ingredients with seamless affinity with the human body and our skin

From the depths of this unique environment comes the intriguing story of Wakame Extract, found in Hunter Lab’s best-selling Daily Face Fuel

Wakame is an edible sea kelp containing important minerals like sodium, iron, potassium, B-group vitamins, and calcium, and rich in free-radical fighting antioxidants

We sat down with the world renowned scientific team behind Hunter Lab’s Wakame Extract to learn more about its benefits to the skin and how they’re working sustainably to farm and harvest this marine wonder ingredient:

Where do you source this ingredient from?

Our Wakame is a fabulous Australian story – it is extracted from wild grown Undaria Pinnatifida Extract aka Wakame seaweed, sustainably sourced from the pristine ocean waters of Tasmania. This brown seaweed inhabits cold, harsh coastal waters to depths of approximately 20 metres. The exceptional conditions off southern Australia play a vital role in its nutrient dense nature; optimal cool temperatures, pristine water quality at the perfect depth to maximise light exposure in the plants life-cycle. Its these mineral-rich conditions it thrives under that help it develop its potency as a natural skin anti-ageing ingredient

What makes Wakame Extract so good for our skin?
Wakame is packed full of essential and bio-available vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Specifically, it contains high levels of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12, as well as Calcium, Sodium, Iron and Potassium. And, high level of important vitamin C, known to boost the production of collagen, and vitamin B, which helps to sooth the skin from inflammation and assists in keeping the skin looking young and fresh

Importantly, it is also rich in functional phytonutrients, including fucoidan, polyphenols, omega-3 essential fatty acids and fucoxanthin. Specifically, fucoidan polysaccharides function to protect the plant from water-borne pathogens and other environmental challenges, and it’s these same benefits that offer which can be captured and harnessed to maintain youthful looking skin and to support dermal condition

This class of natural compounds have been widely researched and shown to exert beneficial bioactivities ideally suited for inclusion in skincare for their potential healthy-ageing, protecting, balancing and soothing properties. Through years of research, Wakame is clinically proven to naturally soothe, protect and reduces the effects of skin ageing

How do you sustainably source this ingredient?

This Wakame extract is hand harvested to protect its environment and allow it’s continued, low-footprint production. Traditional methods of extraction can compromise the integrity and functionality of the ingredient. Our unique green chemistry extraction, using advanced filtration and solvent-free technology processes, extract with the highest possible purity and quality. The process uses 100% renewable energy and innovation waste management practices, resulting in its exceptional story of ocean-blue beauty

To enjoy the benefits of Wakame Extract in your skin health routine, we recommend adding the following products to your daily ritual:

Daily Face Fuel

A natural nutrient rich daily facial moisturiser crafted with Avocado, Macadamia and Passionfruit Seed Oils to smooth, nourish without irritation and help correct skin-ageing free radicals, and Passion Flower and Wakame extracts to intensely hydrate and rejuvenate

Marine Healing Essence

A natural daily skin treatment to help reduce inflammation and free-radical stress, and prepare the skin, crafted with natural oceanic actives suitable for all skin types, including sensitive.

Featuring Microalgae, Bladderwrack and Wakame Marine Extracts to help calm, soothe and heal, advanced Mushroom Complex to reduce inflammation, and Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid to balance pH levels and hydrate

Hand & Body Wash

A natural high performance multi-purpose wash crafted with invigorating native Macrobiotic Sea Minerals,  Bladderwrack, Wakame and Violet Leaf extracts rich in anti-oxidants. Cleans and helps improve skin condition