There are lots of ingredients in skincare that provide many benefits, but not many are as beneficial as algae. The simple plant has many surprising benefits that can help enhance your glowing complexion and youthful appearance. But what exactly is algae? And what about it can benefit your skin? Let’s take an in-depth look.
What Are Algae?
Algae are simple plants that live in oceans, lakes, rivers, ponds, and moist soil. There are many types of algae (over 800,000 species), but the most common include kelp, spirulina, and seaweed. These algae are rich in amino acids, minerals, lipids, and proteins that have been known to rejuvenate the skin when applied topically.
While not all algae carry the same benefits, they all fit into one of two categories: macro or micro. Although macroalgae are the only ones visible to the human eye, both have major benefits for the skin.
Why is Algae good for the skin?
Algae has humectant properties that can provide more moisture to the skin. It can help the skin’s overall appearance leaving it looking and appearing radiant. Many types of algae are also natural brighteners and can help minimize the look of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. The plant also works on all skin types so you aren’t limited to receiving the many benefits it can provide.
Benefits of Algae in Skincare
There are numerous benefits to having algae in your skincare products. Some of the major ones include:
Hydrate Dry Skin
Dehydrated skin can not only cause the skin to be dry and cracked, but it also makes your overall complexion look dull and makes fine lines and wrinkles more apparent. That’s where algae comes in. As a natural humectant, it can attract moisture giving the appearance of glowing skin.
Helps Reduce the Appearance of Inflammation
Skin inflammation can be caused by many things including sun damage, stress, and pollution. It can also lead to issues like fine lines and hyperpigmentation. Luckily, algae can help with that as well. Algae has have natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help improve the appearance of skin redness and inflammation acne or rosacea concerns
Algae has been known to produce water-soluble amino acids that disperse the UV energy from the sun. It can help in addition to your sunscreen to protect against UV rays.
Brighten the Skin
Algae contain compounds that naturally help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots. More specifically, red algae has natural exfoliating properties that help skin appear brighter and more refreshed.
Algae also contains a ton of antioxidants as well as vitamin B, magnesium, zinc, and essential minerals that can help clear out the oil, dead skin cells, and dirt from your pores. This makes algae great for individuals concerned with acne, blackheads, and whiteheads.
Helps Reduce the appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
The antioxidants in Algae are known to help against free radical damage. Reducing UV exposure, wearing sunscreen, and using products with antioxidants can help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage.
Types Of Algae Used In Skin Care
There are several types of algae that are used in skin care products and they each provide their own benefits.
Brown Algae is the most commonly used type of algae in cosmetic applications. Its antioxidant properties are great at keeping the skin looking hydrated and bright.
Red algae is high in carotenoids which help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Blue algae, also known as spirulina, are rich in antioxidants and most commonly used in smoothies and nutrition products.
While not used as often in cosmetic products, green algae is rich in antioxidants and has many benefits.
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Algae skin care products are a great way to enhance your skin care routine. Shop our collection today and take our online Skin Quiz to find a product that fits your individual needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are algae good for the skin?
Yes, algae has many skin benefits. It has been known to have natural anti-inflammatory properties, and can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and minimize the look of clogged pores.
Can algae help individuals concerned with the aging process?
Absolutely! Because algae has humectant properties that attracts moisture to the skin and is perfect for individuals concerned with the visible signs of aging.
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