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Learn more about the biopolymer powering our products


born from the sea

ChitoCare beauty was born out of a respect for nature. Our parent company, Primex Iceland, is a marine biotechnology innovator and global leader in the sustainable production of pure, high-quality chitosan products.

Over 20 years of experience in the field of chitosan production and years of extensive research and development led to the creation of ChitoCare beauty: the first skincare brand globally to incorporate high-quality chitosan into its products.

With proven properties of healing, moisture control and film-forming, ChitoCare beauty products promote optimal skin health, offering superior hydration, skin protection, antioxidant protection, and powerful skin repair.

Harnessing the power of chitosan

A deep understanding of the unique qualities of the chitosan biopolymer has allowed us to develop a skincare line that is backed by years of research, cutting-edge biotechnology and a commitment to sustainability and innovation.

Through purification and a process called deacetylation, high-quality, pure chitosan is manufactured, that is certified as natural. By utilising the full potential of chitosan, we are proud to offer our customers high-quality products with proven efficacy that contribute to healthier skin and a more sustainable world.

chitosan's unique properties make it a powerful ally on your journey to healthy, glowing skin

chitosan properties


Forms a biocompatible, protective film over the skin helping to lock in moisture and strengthen the skin.

skin barrier support

Supports the skin's natural repair process, protects against infections, promotes natural skin healing.

antioxidant action

Provides antioxidant fortification to protect the skin from the effects of environmental, oxidative and UV damage.


Ideal for daily skin treatment, it works as a powerful moisturizer, improving skin hydration, firmness and elasticity.

clinically proven efficacy

Thanks to chitosan’s versatile nature, years of research and our cutting-edge technology, we continue to develop products that tackle specific skincare concerns, helping you unleash your inner beauty in a natural way.

Proven benefits of chitosan in skincare include:
· Superior hydration for lasting moisture
· Supporting the skin’s natural repair process
· Soothing effect to prevent redness, itching and irritation
· Antioxidant defence to combat free radical damage and premature skin aging

A natural, biocompatible ingredient

We believe that everyone deserves healthy, naturally beautiful skin so we have developed all ChitoCare products to be suitable for use by all skin types, including people with sensitive skin or skin prone to skin conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis or rosacea.

As it consists of amino sugars that are naturally occurring in the human body, chitosan is biocompatible, biodegradable and with low toxicity. It has film-forming properties, allowing it to adhere to the surface of the skin, covering it in a thin, breathable film that helps to lock in moisture while keeping out external aggressors, supporting the skin's natural repair process.

Sustainable sourcing and production of chitosan

Chitosan is extracted from chitin, the second-most abundant natural polymer in the world after cellulose. Chitin is also the most abundant naturally occurring polysaccharide that contains amino sugars. This abundance, combined with the specific chemistry of chitin and its derivative chitosan, make for an impressive array of applications, including skincare and wound healing.

ChitoCare sources its chitosan from the discarded exterior shells of the Pandalus borealis cold-water shrimp, which are a by-product of the Icelandic fishing industry. This upcycling of leftover materials helps to reduce waste, leaving a smaller environmental footprint. Furthermore, all our operations in Iceland are carried out with the use of renewable energy sources, including geothermal energy for electricity production and local aquifers for water sourcing.

The utilisation of marine stocks around Iceland is strictly regulated by the government to ensure self-sustainable use of natural resources, contributing to a more balanced marine environment. Chitosan has also proven to be an excellent alternative to synthetic, eco-harmful chemicals, rendering it a promising ingredient for a greener future.

natural beauty, backed by science

the new anti-aging line

A clinical study, conducted on women (n=30, age 40-60), demonstrated the combined efficacy of the Anti-Aging Day Cream SPF 20 and Anti-Aging Night Cream, when applied twice daily for 4 weeks, with significant improvement in the following parametres:

  • Improved skin hydration
  • Improved skin firmness
  • Improved skin elasticity
  • Decreased skin roughness, resulting in reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

the anti-aging repair serum

A clinical study, conducted on women (n=30, aged 40-60), demonstrated the efficacy of the Anti-Aging Repair Serum, when applied twice daily for 6 weeks, with significant improvements in the following parametres:

  • Skin hydration improved by 16%
  • Skin firmness increased by 22%
  • Skin elasticity increased by 7%
  • Skin roughness decreased by 19%