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Proprietary Process

Citra Cosmeceutical extracts are produced using porphyrdium Red Micro-algae from the Red Sea, using a proprietary method developed by the company’s founder.

This indoor method allows meticulous control of the cultivation parameters, essential for growing the micro-algae outside of its natural environment. Once the micro-algae reaches the required maturity, the extraction process is conducted with utmost precision to ensure the highest quality and purity extracts available in the market today.

Citra’s Red Micro-algae extracts have achieved exceptional potency and are, therefore ideal for use in the production of:

  • Cosmetics
  • Nutrition Supplements
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Food Additives
Special Ingredients

The fundamental active ingredients used in Odem Skin and Hair Care products are: Polysaccharides and Amino Acids derived from Red Micro-algae extracts, and Hyaluronic Acid (HA).

 

Micro-algae

Micro-algae are single cell organisms, which, over millions of years of development, have learned to develop special protective mechanisms for survival under stress.

Studies have proven that the oil and bio-products derived from micro-algae under stressful conditions are beneficial to the skin, hair and body, due to their highly nutritious and protective characteristics.

Among the bio-products derived from micro-algae are polysaccharides, carotenoids, chlorophylls, fatty acids and proteins.

Citra has conducted extensive research to develop various extracts from micro-algae as active ingredients and to optimize its formulations, based on advanced chemistry.

These bio-products, with their superior nutritional and therapeutic benefits, can be harnessed for pharmaceutical, nutritional and cosmetic applications. Among the bioactivities/properties attributed to polysaccharides derived from micro-algae are:

  • Anti-Viral
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Soothing
  • Anti-Oxidant
  • Joint Lubrication

 

Polysaccharides

Polysaccharides derived from the sea environment have important benefits to humans in various applications, such as pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals.

Among their documented merits, Polysaccharides have antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties, antibacterial, antiviral, immuno-stimulatory, anti-inflammatory and many other beneficial therapeutic merits.

In addition, these qualities are helpful to improving skin care and condition, particularly for:

  • Moisture retention
  • Contributing to the healing process for skin irritations caused by viruses, stress, injury, fatigue and environmental factors
  • Protection from environmental factors: sun, wind, pollution, etc.

 

Amino Acids 

Amino Acids are the fundamental elements of all proteins found in the body. They aid in the creation and growth of muscles, connective tissue and skin, and when this is interrupted, Amino Acids assert their anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties to reduce damage and facilitate blood flow and healing. 

The body relies upon Amino Acids to provide energy, contribute to hormone and neurotransmitter production, and play an important role in healing and repair, as needed.

Necessary for healthy skin, hair and nails, Amino Acids specifically play a critical role in maintaining the hydration, elasticity, texture, overall health and wellness, and youthful glow of skin. 

The nutrients found in Red Micro-algae serve as a valuable source of Amino Acids for use in health, beauty and nutritional products.


Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is championed in the market today for its ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging. Like Polysaccharides, HA is also comprised of sugar molecules and is hailed for its amazing capacity for retaining water.

This ability helps improve the youthful appearance of normal skin while contributing to the recovery, softness and elasticity of skin suffering from flaking, itchiness and dryness.

Other beauty benefits of HA include: fortifying skin’s natural lipid barrier, boosting cell regeneration, and inhibiting symptoms of aging skin, by tightening skin tone, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and reducing spots.

These restorative capabilities make HA one of the most sought-after ingredients in the market today.