Nelson’s Supreme Biotechnologies turns bird bath algae into skincare range

An algae strain originally found in a Nelson bird bath is now a key ingredient in a new skin care range which claims to stop wrinkles.

Supreme Biotechnologies chief executive Tony Dowd said the unique strain of the algae (Haematococcus pluvialis) they grow produces astaxanthin – a chemical compound that increases cell nutrients.

“We induce the algae to get bigger and once it gets bigger it’s putting in a whole lot of lipids, that’s its energy source, so when it dries out that algae has to survive,” he said.

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