Although beauty trends seem to change every year, the benefits of algae in skin and body care treatments goes way back. Ancient Mesopotamians used seaweed as a lip colorant, and an Empress during China’s Qin Dynasty used seaweed among other seawater minerals in her beauty routine.
The healing benefits of algae and seaweed have withstood the test of time for one reason: they work. Plus, they’re a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative for the conscious beauty consumer. If you’re not already using algae in your beauty and body care routine, here’s a helpful list of 5 reasons why you should start.
Algae is a potent ingredient when it comes to hydration. When used topically, algae is a better humectant than one of the most popular hydration of all, hyaluronic acid. Dehydrated skin can make your complexion dull and result in cracked and easily irritated skin. Our Algae Butter Body Polish uses blue-green algae that infuses your skin with antioxidants, minerals, and trace elements to give you moisturized and glowing skin.
It can reduce hyperpigmentation
If you struggle with hyperpigmentation, you know how challenging it is to mitigate the appearance of discoloration and spots. Algae works as a natural brightening solution for your skin, which can help even your skin tone and diminish the appearance of dark spots. Brown and green algae contain high levels of Vitamin C, which is universally used to help brighten your skin to a healthy and supple glow.
It protects against sun damage
Algae offers natural UV protection. Algae produces water-soluble molecules such as micosproine amino acids. These aminos work as antioxidants and filter harmful UV energy, which damages your skin's cells. When used in tandem with your routine sun-defenders, algae can help prevent sun and pollution damage.
It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Algae is loaded with antioxidants that are a critical defender against fine lines, wrinkles, and signs of aging and stress. The antioxidants found in algae can also aid in collagen production, which helps your skin look plump and healthy. According to a comparative study, astaxanthin, which naturally occurs in algae, was 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, 800 times stronger than CoQ10, and 550 times stronger than green tea catechins at minimizing the signs of aging.
It helps clear your pores
Clogged pores are a common precursor to a variety of annoying and uncomfortable skin problems. You can think of your skin as a sponge that is constantly absorbing the outside world. Because it acts as a filter, clogged pores can manifest from just about anything (pollution, sweat, makeup, etc.), causing problems like acne, rashes, blackheads, and dullness of your skin. Algae is jam-packed with antioxidants, Vitamin B, magnesium, zinc, and other detoxifying minerals, which help combat and clear clogged pores. Our Scrub Polish Trio gives you three powerful options to help exfoliate, cleanse, and clear out the toxins in your clogged pores, giving you healthy, radiant skin.
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