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Profile: Aqueous Extract of Green Algae

Commonly known as: Chlorella Vulgaris Extract (INCI), chlorella extract, green gem, dermochlorella extract.
Botanical name: Chlorella vulgaris.
Extraction process: Hydrolysis of Chlorella vulgaris.
Family: Chlorellaceae.
Part of the plant extracted: Unicellular green micro-algae.
Location: Present in many regions of the world, cultivated in fresh water.
Flowering: All year round.
Provenance, origin:
Phytochemical composition: Amino acids (leucine, lysine, phenylalanine, valine, threonine); polyunsaturated fatty acids (linolenic acid, linoleic acid); saturated fatty acids (palmitic acid); chlorophylls; vitamins (A, C, E); minerals (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron); carotenoids (astaxanthin, canthaxanthin, flavoxanthin, lutein, loraxanthin, neoxanthin).
Sensorial properties: Appearance: Powder; Colour: Green.
Physical characteristics: Soluble in water; Recommended dosage in cosmetic formulas: between 0.5 and 2%.
Benefits: Anti-angiogenic, antioxidant, healing, hydrating, protective, regenerating, restructuring, toning, vasoconstrictor.
Concerns: All skin types, especially those prone to redness; All hair types; Recommended for the prevention of skin and hair ageing, and in the case of stretch marks.



  • Antioxidant: Preventing and combating oxidative stress and damage caused by free radicals through the trapping of singlet oxygen;

  • Anti-angiogenic: Concealing vascular imperfections (redness, telangiectasias, spider angiomas, varicose veins, petechiae, etc.) by slowing down the rapid growth of new blood vessels and strengthening the blood vessel walls through increased collagen synthesis;

  • Healing, regenerating: Enhancing and accelerating wound healing by increasing the proliferation and activity of fibroblastic cells to produce collagen and form connective tissue ;

  • Moisturiser: Preserving skin hydration by increasing the skin's water content through a mechanism that is still unknown;

  • Protector: Prevent and slow down skin ageing by limiting the degradation of the components of the extracellular matrix through the inhibition of the expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP);

  • Restructuring, toning: Enhancing the firmness, elasticity and tone of the skin by stimulating the synthesis of collagen and elastin.


  • Facial Care (purifying masks, serums, moisturising creams, eye contour treatments, makeup removal lotions);

  • Haircare (shampoos, hair masks);

  • Makeups (complexion correctors, concealers, eyebrow gels, bronzers, blushes, highlighters).

Method of Preservation

Store at room temperature in a cool and dry place, protected from moisture, heat and direct sunlight.

Contraindications, Usage Precautions

The extract of green algae is considered as safe for use. To date, the topical application of green algae extract has not revealed any potential side effects. Although its use usually does not pose any particular problem, consider performing a skin test on a small area of your body before a full application on a larger surface. In topical application, pregnant and breastfeeding women can presumably use it without danger.

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Discovered in 1890 by Dutch microbiologist Martinus Willem BEIJERINCK, chlorella is a form of unicellular micro-algae (2 to 8 µm) cultivated in fresh water. It is a rich source of chlorophyll, a green pigment, from which its name originates. Furthermore, this green algae produces a growth factor with numerous benefits, known as Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF). This ingredient gives chlorella an incredible cell renewal performance, allowing it to quadruple in size every 20 to 24 hours.