“You’ll notice that algae are always several things: It can grow deep in the water, it can float in water, and it also retains a lot of water,” says Dennis Gross, MD. “It has this mushy consistency, which means it has a lot of water retention within the algae fibres. So when you use algae in skin-care products, it’s always going to be the driving force for hydration.” This wonder ingredient has been used for hundreds of years and is slowly becoming popular again.
“Algae has been around for two billion years and is constantly changing and evolving. There are seven major types of algae, but the most common types used in skin-care products are Rhodophyceae or red algae, Phaeophyceae or brown algae, and Cyanophyceae or blue-green algae,” says Allison McNamara. These are split into two different groups, macro and micro algae. Macroalgae can be visible to the naked eye whereas microalgae is a single cell and can only be seen under a microscope. Both of these are great at making your skin supple and moisturised. This is due to the fact that algae live on tidal plains and have to protect itself from dehydration and sun exposure.
“Each different type of algae has its own unique properties, but in general, algae has a high concentration of copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc, along with vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K,” says McNamara. The benefits of ingesting both categories include a boost in immunity, improved circulation, detoxification of vital organs and regulation of natural hormones. “It also helps to protect the skin, repair environmental damage, and fight against wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Besides that, it can boost collagen production while balancing your oil production, reducing puffiness, and soothing redness.” continues McNamara. In addition to this algae has been known to be an antioxidant, which protects your skin from oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is caused by contact with the environment and free radicals.
It’s effective on all skin types and is unlikely that it can cause an allergic reaction.
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