When looking at your skincare products, you may notice a few ingredients that have equal benefits to your diet. And since our skin is always connected to what’s going on the inside, eating or drinking anything that nourishes your body as a whole is always a plus.
But let’s focus on one thing in particular: spirulina.
From its antibacterial properties and essential amino acids, spirulina is one of the most beneficial additions to your skincare routine that can be used internally and topically. Although the Tik Toks raving over spirulina are intriguing, we talked to some experts to get the official deets on how this powerhouse ingredient can benefit our skin.
What Is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is harvested and dried for its healthful value. It is rich in nutrients, lipids, and vitamins A, E, and K. It also contains a variety of minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium, and potassium.
“For centuries, the native peoples of Mexico, Africa, and Asia have eaten this superfood as a primary source of protein,” she shares.
The high concentration of amino acids has made spirulina a popular nutritional supplement (ingestible pill or powder), becoming an addition to our smoothies and skincare products.
Master esthetician Nicole Caroline likes to think of spirulina as “green tea on steroids,” because it contains a chain of eight essential fatty amino acids that do not naturally occur in the body.
“It helps in protecting and firming your skin, fighting off free radicals and improving the overall appearance of your skin through detoxification and boosting collagen production,” she adds.
How Does Spirulina Benefit the Skin?
Skin health will be promoted in several ways when implementing spirulina into your diet.
“Due to its high nutrient and mineral content, and antioxidant properties, spirulina can aid in the reduction of acne and cell repair.” Miele says. She also adds that spirulina will increase the skin’s metabolism, which enables faster healing and also prevents bacteria overgrowth from occurring. Plus, it will protect your skin’s…