Beauty Lab: The Skin Health Benefits of Spirulina (Or Blue Green Algae)
Spirulina is a naturally occurring, blue green algae that boasts big beauty benefits when it comes to skincare. Now using the term “algae” in reference to skincare might cause you to get a bit squeamish, but once you learn how it can nourish your body you’ll want to start adding it to your plant-based regimen for longevity as soon as possible. Read on to find out the skin benefits of spirulina.
Spirulina is a blue green, protein-rich algae that grows in fresh and salt water. An incredibly high source of nutrients, amino acids and iron, spirulina is typically consumed as food, as well as a dietary supplement and can be found at your local health food store in tablet, powder and flake form. Before we delve into the skincare benefits, let’s take a look at the general health benefits of blue green algae. Regular consumption of spirulina can help:
- Lower blood cholesterol levels
- Treat allergies
- Aid in weight loss
- Prevent cancer
- Improve brain function
- Improve eye health
- Treat ulcers
- Improve dental health
- Treat hair loss
- Treat dandruff
- Promote hair growth
And that’s just a few of the benefits of spirulina! If you’re looking for an easy way to incorporate spirulina into your diet, try adding the powder to your favorite green smoothie or juice.
Now for the skincare benefits of blue green algae. Being packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins and fatty acids makes spirulina a valuable ingredient in your DIY skincare treatments, as well as some of your favorite products like Dr. Alkaitis Organic Universal Mask or the Kahina Brightening Serum.
Skin Health Benefits of Spirulina
Spirulina contains vitamin E, selenium and tyrosine, which are all known for their powerful anti-aging effects. The antioxidants present in tyrosine eliminate free radicals and slow down the aging of skin cells. Spirulina is also a wonderful source of chlorophyll, which has cleansing properties, and it also helps your skin retain moisture, which is a major key to maintaining the appearance of smoother, hydrated skin.
Tones Your Skin
If your skin has been looking tired and dull, spirulina taken both orally and applied topically can do wonders for your skin. With its high content of calcium, iron, phosphorous and vitamins A, B-12 and E, spirulina works over time to fight free radicals, purifying your system and thereby restoring your skin’s vitality.
Detoxifies Your Skin
Spirulina brings about faster cell turnover, which helps your skin heal faster. Increasing your skin’s metabolism is a key to maintaining a consistent healthy glow, so you’re naturally shedding those dry skin cells that make your skin appear sallow and dull.
Exfoliating & Moisturizing Spirulina Face Mask
1 teaspoon spirulina powder
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
With a mortar and pestle, grind all of the ingredients until they form a past. Apply the mask to clean skin for 15 minutes. Rinse of with warm water, pat dry, and apply a moisturizer.