What is Spirulina and What Does it Do For the Skin?
Blue-green algae have significant antioxidant properties, with chlorophyll removing heavy metals from the skin and carotene bearing antioxidant properties, which neutralize free radicals. Blue-green algae are also rich in amino acids, specifically glycine and proline, which promote and support healthy collagen production. These amino acids lead to a firmer, plumper, vibrant, hydrated, and more youthful appearance of the skin. Other benefits include prevention of water loss, balancing oil production, decreasing puffiness and soothing redness/irritation. In addition to skin health, the abundance of iron, protein, and fatty acids in blue-green algae promote hair growth.
These powerhouse algae are found in facial cleansers, serums, moisturizers, and even masks. Look for spirulina or cyanobacteria as active ingredients on the label. Blue-green algae are not the only algae on the market. Red, brown, and marine algae, to name a few, each have unique properties similar to their blue-green cousin. Educate yourself before investing in algae containing products as they can be expensive.