The Russian aristocracy was one of the first to indulge in caviar — unfertilized, salt-cured fish eggs from wild sturgeon. The finest dishes were reserved for the tsars, who, along with their royal counterparts in Greece and Rome, splurged on its fishy, salty goodness.
Little did they know that, in a few hundred years, this delicacy would journey from the royal dining table to people’s skincare routines.
Several celebrities swear by the results of using caviar on the skin. And, no. They don’t put the raw eggs on their faces; they use skin products from caviar collections, which contain caviar extract. Here are the advantages that caviar-infused skincare products bring.
Caviar contains fatty acids, such as omega-3 and omega-6, which play an important role in maintaining the skin’s integrity. They provide moisture and make the skin look more radiant and youthful. These fatty acids also help prevent puffiness.
The amino acids in caviar are also beneficial to your skin. The skin absorbs these acids — lycine, lysine, histidine, arginine, and asparagine, in particular — which make you look rejuvenated and younger. They also hasten the processes inside the skin cells, while slowing down the process of aging (we’ll discuss skin aging later).
Caviar also contains a significant amount of highly saturated lipids and water (like human skin, caviar is about 70% water) that keep the skin hydrated.
The aristocracy benefited from caviar’s impressive vitamin and mineral content. The delicacy contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamins A RAE, A IU, B6, B12, D, E, K, and more. When absorbed by the skin, these work together to prevent dullness and drying. With the help of amino acids, they also even out the skin tone and improve skin texture. On top of that, caviar contains selenium and potassium, which help increase skin elasticity and prevent skin erosion.
A 2012 study published in the journal Rejuvenation Research even found that caviar can increase collagen production by about 67%. It can also help improve the function of the skin cells’ mitochondria.
It’s easy to see why caviar is a favorite among anti-aging aficionados. The Women’s Health Magazine says caviar extract contains anti-oxidant properties that help protect the skin against UVA and UVB rays.
Here’s a quick recap of what these rays do to the skin:
- UVA – These penetrate the skin deeper than UVB rays and play a major role in skin aging and wrinkling.
- UVB – These cause skin reddening and sunburn and tend to damage the skin’s superficial epidermal layers.
Protection from these rays helps prevent collagen and elastin breakdown. Bear in mind that as you age, your skin loses its ability to retain moisture, and your collagen production declines sharply. The moisturizing element of caviar, combined with its protective and collagen-production abilities, help keep wrinkle formation at bay.
Caviar encapsulates everything people love about the sea. It’s a scrumptious delicacy that works wonders for your skin. Its extract moisturizes and nourishes the skin, as well as minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It comes as no surprise that it’s a staple on the dressers of many people, even if they’re not Russian royalty.