Unlike land animal-based collagens or bovine gelatin, marine-based collagens are free from the risk of contracting land animal-related diseases so it's clearly better to be under the sea! Further, using products abundant in bio-actives, like Bescher, results in you avoiding the toxic synthetic additives and fillers that do anything BUT help commonly found in many generic (even high-end!) skincare brands.
Sea Cucumber, en francais 'le Bescher', also known as Holothurians, are cylindrical marine invertebrates or 'echinoderms' with high protein levels that consume algae, the source of their nutrient-rich profiles
Fun fact: Sea Cucumbers are like Never-Ending Sea Hydras -where if you cut 1, you get 5 more!
Used in Asia for centuries to treat diseases, deficiencies and as an aphrodisiac (oh la la)
Rich in bio-actives
Anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-aging, antioxidant-rich, regenerative and healing collagen, polysaccharides (fuconins and amino acids), saponins, peptides, sterols, chondrotin sulphates and lectins- Skin whitening tyroinase inhibiting/ anti-melanogenesis proteins.
Sea cucumbers contain MAA's (mycosporine-like amino-acids) which has been discovered to be anti-oxidising and photo-protective meaning it can protect from broad spectrum UV-light. So by wearing this with a quality sunscreen, it will aid in protecting your skin from the harsh sunlight.
Vitamins and minerals
Sea cucumbers contain almost a full spectrum of nutrients including vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, selenium and the list goes on... Because of their nutrient rich profiles, sea cucumber extracts catalyse skin-renewal while also detoxifying, cleansing and toning the skin; it's your whole skincare regime, in a single slug!
What the Fuc-oidan?!
Fucoidan, FuCS, is the major polysacharride found in sea cucumbers obtained from the brown algae they feed on. It is currently being widely looked into by pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical and nutraceutical sectors due to it's far-reaching applications. It behaves as an anti-microbial, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic. Notably, fucoidans have resounding 'pleiotropic' effects on their external environment, which means it has the potential to serve as a brilliant anti-inflamattory on organs (and what is the biggest organ in our bodies? Our skin of course!)
Saponins like the triterpene glycosides in Sea Cucumbers are active secondary metabolites used in pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals ,and Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.
They act like non-toxic steroids and produce anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-carcinogenic effects.^
Written by Maeve Couch