Ethiopia is known as “the land of origins” or "the cradle of humanity" where many important archeological and paleontological milestones have been uncovered. The earliest human ancestors were discovered in the Afar Depression in northeastern Ethiopia, with Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis) the most famous of them all. It is a place where we first walked on two legs. 

Eragrostis abyssinica tef is millennia-old star of Ethiopians. It is an edible seed often referred as grain crop.

The name Teff is believed to have been derived from the Amharic word “teffa”/täfa; meaning, missing or lost. That's to indicate how easy it is to lose the seeds due to their incredibly small sizes (less than 1mm in diameter). In fact, Teff seeds are the smallest in the world. You’d have to gather about 100 Of them to match the size of a single kernel of wheat! 

Teff is a naturally gluten-free super-food that was domesticated in Ethiopia between 4000 B.C. and 1000 B.C. It is typically ground into a flour, fermented and baked into the staple food Injera.  

Teff is rich in proteins (such as lysin and leucine), vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6, C, and K), minerals and polyphenols (including powerful antioxidants such as catechin, ferulic acid, quercetin, rutin, caffeic acid, gallic acid and resveratrol). It is important to note that Teff is the only grain that contains vitamin C. It is also a great source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Due to the high peptide levels and antioxidants that are contained in Teff, it plays a key role in cell communication and soothing irritation. Our extract is made to have low average molecular weight to enhance skin permeability.

LAND-SEA COMPLEXTM is a proprietary ferment of Teff extracted peptides and Ascophyllum nodosum that works synergistically with our preferred ratio and techniques to promote powerful yet gentle anti-hyperpigmentation results while supporting the structural integrity of the skin. LAND-SEA COMPLEX is a pillar ingredient at Askalite we humbly offer to our Melanin-Rick Warriors around the world. 


  • Antioxidant against environmental aggressors 
  • Skin elasticity
  • Promoting production of hyaluronic acid and collagen for firmer skin 
  • Skin conditioning
  • Soothing 


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