Your first thought when hearing the word ‘algae’ might turn towards that fish tank you had while growing up and the constant cleaning it took to get rid of the accumulation of the green stuff.
I know that’s exactly what I thought before becoming more familiar with skincare ingredients as well as algae’s nutrition benefits. But let’s explore!
Algae is a chlorophyll-containing organism that belongs to a family that includes more than a whopping 20,000 different species.
Did you know that consuming just one tablespoon of spirulina or chlorella contains four grams of protein along with a boost of calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium? These vitamins and minerals help energize your body and help it run more efficiently. This includes giving your immune system a leg up when it comes to fighting off infections and disease. Research also shows that a particular antioxidant in algae, called zeaxanthin and lutein, are said to support eye and brain health. Check your local health food store to find the best sources of algae.
The cosmetics industry uses it for thickening and water-binding agents, as well as a way to provide your skin antioxidants. Irish moss and carrageenan, both part of the algae family, are particularly good in skincare as they contain a whack of goodies including proteins, iron, magnesium, vitamin A, and iron.
“Algae has demonstrated anti-aging properties by inhibiting enzymes that break down collagen in the skin,” said Dr. Jennifer Vickers, a board-certified dermatologist with Sanova Dermatology. “Some algae can also reduce the breakdown of hyaluronic acid within the skin, thus improving hydration and suppleness.”
If you would like to consider adding algae to your skincare regime, Sealuxe carries many products that contain the powerful ingredient. Our facial oil line of Nourish, Balance, and Protect contains marine green algae because it has proven plumping abilities and exceptional anti-aging support due to its beta-glucan content. It is structurally similar to hyaluronic acid which gives your skin the added benefit of replenishing the epidermal lipid barrier. This goes to work in evening out pigmentation while combatting free radical damage. The result? A plump, even, and vibrant complexion.
Sealuxe’s ever-popular Seaweed Face Mask is a superfood for your skin due to a unique blend of natural ingredients that include spirulina, kelp, Irish moss, and bladderwrack.
We hope this gives you a better understanding of the great benefits algae has for your health and skin!