Thrive Causemetics’ $1 Million Commitment and Ongoing Response to COVID-19

thrive causemetics covid-19 response fundEven When We’re Apart, We Thrive Together
Thrive Causemetics’ $1 Million Commitment and Ongoing Response to COVID-19

In these unfamiliar times, we hope that each of you are taking the necessary steps to keep you, your loved ones and your communities safe. It’s more important than ever that we stay connected as a supportive community. Here are the steps we’re taking at Thrive Causemetics to be proactive, do our part and give back to those in need and those on the front lines due to COVID-19:

We’ve taken proactive steps to flatten the curve.

We took swift action and established a remote work-from-home policy for all of our employees, equipping them with a full suite of tech equipment to make working from home comfortable and stable for them while we practice physical distancing. Our shipping warehouses have implemented all best practices recommended by the CDC and because of that, you will not experience any shipping delays with your purchases on

Our Founder and CEO Karissa Bodnar donated $10K for COVID-19 testing.

Our Founder and CEO Karissa Bodnar personally donated $10K to The University of Washington Virology Lab, the first lab in Washington state capable of clinical COVID-19 tests. The University of Washington Virology Lab is working with the state to urgently bring their capabilities into the community, testing first responders, healthcare workers and the public to help save lives. The University of Washington is Bodnar’s Alma Mater in Seattle, and Washington (Bodnar’s home state) has, like so many parts of our Country, been especially affected by the Coronavirus.

We’ve committed to donating $1,000,000 in products and donations to COVID-19 aid.

Thanks to the support of YOU, our Thrive Tribe, we donated over $350,000 from one day’s profits on to 3 incredible organizations—Meals on Wheels, Baby2Baby and Feeding America—all of whom are providing meals and in-demand resources to some of the most vulnerable communities in need.

Continuing our momentum and building on our efforts, Thrive Causemetics is committed to growing our donations from $350k to a total of $1 million through giving both much-needed funds and products to women impacted by the coronavirus, including: healthcare workers on the front lines as well as a fund to aid women-owned small businesses and their employees affected by the pandemic. Thrive will make these donations through our Thrive Causemetics COVID-19 Response Fund.

Keep checking in to find out more details about our on-going efforts.

We don’t know what’s next, but tell us what you need and we’ll navigate these uncharted waters side by side. We believe that even when we are apart, we thrive together.

Karissa Bodnar + Team Thrive Causemetics

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What Is Astaxanthin and Why Is It Better Than Vitamin C for Your Skin?


Astaxanthin (pronounced ast-ah-zan-thin) may be the new kid on the block, but it already boasts an impressive resume. It’s a powerful vegan active found in red algae that gives salmon, flamingos, and lobsters their gorgeous pink and red color, but some are calling it the most impressive antioxidant on the market. So, what is this free radical-fighting powerhouse ingredient and why should you put it on your skin?

1. It’s 100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free

First things first, let’s talk about how this antioxidant is not only good for skin, but good to animals and our planet. We all know that labeling ingredients “natural” and “clean” can sometimes be deceptive, but astaxanthin, when derived from microalgae, is completely vegan, sustainable and highly potent. In fact, the plant-sourced derivative is the most potent of all—it’s 20-30 times stronger than synthetic astaxanthin and far stronger than astaxanthin sourced from krill or salmon that feed on red algae and carry only traces of the skin-loving nutrient.

2. It’s a Sun Damage Defender

Red algae’s color actually comes from a defense mechanism that occurs when algae is exposed to harsh sunlight. Turns out, these same properties can defend our skin from the sun’s rays as well. A peer-reviewed study found that not only did astaxanthin aid in protecting skin from UV-induced damage and hyperpigmentation, it also improved skin barrier function, moisture, and texture.

3. It’s Giving Vitamin C a Run for Its Money

L-ascorbic acid, or Vitamin C as we know it, is a powerful antioxidant, but unfortunately, it’s not very stable and breaks down quickly when exposed to oxygen. To combat degrading potency, skincare formulators have turned to Vitamin C derivatives and, although not harmful to your skin, there isn’t a lot of research or evidence as to whether these derivatives can perform the same way as true l-ascorbic acid. Astaxanthin, however, is not only more stable, but was found in a clinical study to be 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C.

Vitamin C isn’t the only one with competition—astaxanthin is also 800 times stronger than CoQ10, 550 times stronger than green tea catechins and 75 times stronger than alpha lipoic acid.

4. It Promotes Youthful Circulation

Astaxanthin has been proven to increase blood flow, in turn increasing cell turnover, amplifying elasticity, and increasing water retention. That means smoother, more even, and bouncier skin for you. Just as vitamin C acts as a mild exfoliant and melanin production inhibitor to brighten skin, astaxanthin encourages new cells to come to the surface and shine—only, of course, 6,000 times better.

How You Can Add Astaxanthin to Your Skincare Routine

Thrive Causemetics has kept a dedicated close eye on emerging research, and took notice when astaxanthin was scientifically proven to possess superior antioxidant benefits as both a supplement and used topically. Although this exciting new active ingredient isn’t saturating the skincare market yet, Thrive Causemetics is pioneering the use of red algae-derived vegan astaxanthin by incorporating it throughout their entire first high-performance skincare line.

1. Bright Balance 3-in-1 Cleanser™

The simplest way to incorporate astaxanthin into your skincare routine is with a cleanser. Thrive Causemetics’ Bright Balance 3-in-1 Cleanser™ is a vegan, cruelty-free, ultra-moisturizing cleanser infused with astaxanthin to brighten skin and facilitate cell turnover while sloughing off the pollutants and grime of the day. It’s a gentle, yet powerful way to introduce astaxanthin to your skincare routine with some amazing pH balancing and brightening benefits on top.

2. Defying Gravity Transforming Moisturizer™

Defying Gravity Transforming Moisturizer™ is a rich cream-to-gel moisturizer that creates a protective barrier for your skin (just like astaxanthin does for algae), enabling your skin to activate astaxanthin’s UV-protective qualities throughout the day under your makeup or to lock in the maximum amount of moisture overnight. It’s formulated with all-vegan ingredients like Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid, a combination known to boost the benefits of other antioxidant ingredients, making this a skin-changing, antioxidant-powered combination your skin will love.

3. Defying Gravity Eye Lifting Cream™

If you’ve been on the lookout for a holy grail eye cream that can fight wrinkles and immediately lift, smooth and brighten the skin all around your eyes, look no further. Defying Gravity Eye Lifting Cream™ is packed with vegan astaxanthin to help your delicate eye skin retain moisture and elasticity all day with the added bonus of amazing antioxidant protection against environmental stressors. It’s also made with a plant-derived retinol alternative called Bio Power Retinol™ so you can target wrinkles during the day without all the irritation and photosensitivity traditional retinol causes. It’s a skincare game-changer!

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