Is Algae new to skin care? No, it isn’t- but algae benefits for skincare has become increasingly popular in recent years. Researchers continue to study this fascinating thing of the natural world, and new species are discovered regularly. Thankfully, sustainable harvesting processes are following the rising interest and we are seeing more and more products with different algae as an active ingredient.
There are numerous algae benefits for the skin, including hydration, protection, purifying and overall glow-giving. Before we get into the juicy details, let’s address the elephant in the room. What exactly is algae?
What is Algae?
There are quite a few different types of algae. The most commonly recognised is seaweed, spirulina, and kelp. But those are only three of what scientists suspect is a number closer to 73, 000 species of algae.
But not all 73 000 species of algae will have the same benefits for skincare, or the whole body, we can differentiate between two distinct types:
These algae are the kinds that the human eye can see.
This algae can typically only be seen under a microscope.
Both macro and micro categories carry similar benefits for a bright and glowing complexion.
This is because of algae’s impressive resume: high levels of proteins, minerals, carbohydrates, fatty acids, and amino acids. Algae is a versatile ingredient and is most loved when applied directly to the skin. Products like creams, balms, serums or even face masks are popular beauty products.
Is Algae Good for the Skin?
Algae is a gentle yet powerful ingredient for all skin types. Let’s take a closer look at some of the top algae benefits for skincare, and the advantages of adding algae to your self-care skin routine.
1. Ultra Hydrating
Dehydration can promote the appearance of fine lines, and that’s typically when your skin loses its mojo, becoming dull and tired. Sure, the best way to hydrate your skin cells is to drink water, health does start from the outside in, but sometimes our dry skin needs a little extra help. That’s where algae can help.
Research shows that algae extracts can be one of the most hydrating ingredients. This is because algae is a first rate humectant, and is extraordinarily great at giving our skin hyaluronic acid. Humectants are important because they keep moisture locked in the skin, effectively preventing dehydration.
Marine algae takes first prize when it comes to topical products. Marine algae is a useful ingredient too, as it not only helps moisturize but acts as a thickening agent as well. The result? Skin that feels smooth because it is getting the hydration it craves.
2. Keeps Pores Clear
Algae can also help to gently clear clogged pores thanks to the high content of zinc, magnesium, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamin B.
3. Nature’s Sunscreen
Specific algae species are a natural protection against the sun, making it the perfect extra layer of defence against UV damage. Research shows that both red algae and brown algae can fight off oxidative stress.
Algae species in general have the ability to produce mycosporine amino acids, which are great for defence against free radicals and sun protection.
4. Graceful Aging
Environmental stress on the skin can often premature cause fine lines and wrinkles, and antioxidants are one of the frontline fighters against them. That’s why algae is often used in anti-aging products. Algae contain enzymes that can boost collagen, reduce the adverse effects of UV rays and reverse some signs of aging.
Astaxanthin is a naturally occurring compound within all types of algae species and researchers believe it to be a remarkably versatile and beneficial skin care ingredient:
- 6000 x more effective than Vitamin C
- 800 x stronger than the ever popular anti aging ingredient CoQ10
- 550 x more potent than catechins (from green tea)
Are you ready to benefit from this powerhouse ingredient in your skin care routine? If so, stay tuned for our unique new range of natural cosmetic products combining hemp seed oil and algae components. Coming soon!