Microalgae are aquatic plants.  The red microalgae that produce PhycoDerm are found in marine environments. Some marine species are found on sandy shores, while most others can be found attached to rocky substrata. Freshwater species account for 5% of red algal diversity, but they also have a worldwide distribution in various habitats; they generally prefer clean, high-flow streams with clear waters and rocky bottoms, but with some exceptions. Algae can be classified into two main groups; microalgae and macroalgae. Red algae are considered as one of the most important sources of many biologically active metabolites in comparison to other algal classes.

The use of microalgae for nutritional and skin care purposes dates back thousands of years. During the last few decades, microalgae culture has emerged as one of the modern frontrunners of biotechnologies. These organisms have spent millions of years on the sea surface evolving successful mechanisms to protect their DNA from UV damage, prevent their cell walls from drying out, and provide resistance to diseases. Microalgae mechanisms are conserved cross species, meaning they work in human skin, too. AlgAllure uses cutting-edge algae harvesting technology to include the bioactive extract in all of our cosmeceutical formulations.