Ingredient Highlight: Blue Algae
Maybe there’s a reason why mermaids have such flawless skin...
When the water is warm and contains certain key nutrients, blue-green algae brings brilliant new color to our lakes, ponds, and slow-moving streams. It also brings new life and vitality to our skin, with rejuvenating and anti-aging benefits. We wanted to explore what some of those benefits look like. Because blue-green algae (spirulina) is high in proteins and fatty acids, it helps to lift, tone and tighten your skin as well as it is packed with antioxidants and helps detox by counteracting free radicals.
Spirulina contains vitamin E, selenium and tyrosine, which are all known for their powerful anti-aging effects. Thispotent antioxidant, tyrosine, helps counteract the effects of free radicals and slow down the aging of skin cells (meaning, it neutralizes pollution particles to keep your face looking fresh and young).
Essentially, blue algae is an A+ ingredient to apply to your skin.
Don’t just believe us, hear it from the experts...
“You’ll notice that algae is always several things: It can grow deep in the water, it can float in water, and it also retains a lot of water,” saysDennis Gross, MD, a star dermatologistand founder of his eponymous skin-care line. “It has this mushy consistency, which means it has a lot of water retention within the algae fibers. So when you use algae in skin-care products, it’s always going to be the driving force for hydration.”
But, buyer beware: Tons of products on the market list algae as an ingredient, but there’s a difference between a smidgen of the stuff and the full sea-mineral experience.Refinery29 (and us too) recommends looking at the label to make sure there are no harsh preservatives and there’s a high quantity of active algae, and checking to see if a micro-emulsion is used for deeper absorption.
“Marine algae is one of the most abundant sources of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are readily absorbed to nourish and rejuvenate the skin,” adds Jenefer Palmer, founder ofOsea. “It has more minerals than most any other plant on the land or in the sea. Algae works as a purifier, and it’s often referred to as the lymphatic system of the sea. Similarly on skin, it can draw out impurities and detox the skin.”