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Spirulina for Your Skin: How This Superfood Can Help You Achieve Your Best Skin Yet

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If you look on the back of your most-trusted skin care and beauty products, you may notice that some of the standout ingredients have equal benefits to your diet. To state the obvious: That’s because a lot of what we eat can also have major benefits to our skin. Case in point? A superfood known as spirulina. Made popular by dietary supplements and smoothie powders, spirulina has quickly made its way into some of the most effective skin care products—and with good reason.

The Health Benefits of Spirulina

According to Paula Simpson, holistic nutritionist, biochemist and Co-Founder of Zea Skin Solutions, “The most common species of blue-green algae found in supplements are from the Arthrospira genus (collectively referred to as spirulina).” And the reason the so-called superfood is used in health and beauty formulas is not just because of its green color—though that is a result of its powerful components—it’s because the blue-green algae “provides a rich source of nutrients, including protein, complex carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins A, E K, beta-carotene and B-complex,” notes Simpson.

In addition, spirulina contains a variety of beauty (and health) benefiting minerals and free fatty acids, such as “iron, manganese, zinc, sodium, potassium, magnesium, copper and gamma-linolenic acid,” she adds. On top of all that, spirulina can be a great source of antioxidants and has the ability to detox the body thanks to its chlorophyll and carotenes.

That said, you don’t have to plug your nose and down a green smoothie to reap the beauty benefits of spirulina. Take a look at some of our favorite products formulated with the superfood ahead and how it can help your skin.

  1. 1. Contains anti-aging benefits
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    1. Contains anti-aging benefits

    One of the most standout reasons to use spirulina in your beauty routine? According to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman, spirulina is rich in antioxidants that can help defend your skin and body from free radicals. “It neutralizes free radicals and other toxins that cause premature signs of aging,” she adds.
    Try: Natura Bisse Oxygen Complex
    This anti-aging facial serum uses a combined force of spirulina, hydrogen peroxide, living water and pure, encapsulated oxygen to provide the complexion with a burst of hydration and essential vitamins and minerals. Not to mention, it reveals a brighter, more purified complexion.

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  2. 2. Protects the skin

    In addition to neutralizing free radicals with antioxidants, spirulina has anti-inflammatory properties that can also slow down signs of aging. “Some studies report that spirulina provides strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities,” says Simpson. “Both of which are leading drivers for reversing skin aging,” she notes.
    Try: Erno Laszlo Firmarine Face Bar
    Washing your face is a key part of keeping environmental aggressors—such as pollution, dirt and other debris—at bay. And a spirulina-infused cleansing bar is an effective way to do so. Erno Laszlo’s Firmarine Face Bar utilizes spirulina’s anti-aging benefits to rid the skin of pollutants, strengthen the skin’s elasticity, boost collagen production and leave the skin looking and feeling ultra-cleansed and refreshed.

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  3. 3. Detoxifies the complexion
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    3. Detoxifies the complexion

    Spirulina also has detoxifying properties that can be put to good use in skin care. “Chlorophyll provides strong chelating properties,” says Simpson. “It attracts and removes heavy metals from the body before they reach and get stored in skin tissue,” she says.
    Try: The Organic Pharmacy Purifying Seaweed Clay Mask
    One of the best ways to reap the detoxifying benefits of spirulina? Through a nutrient-rich face mask. The Organic Pharmacy’s Purifying Seaweed Clay Mask utilizes the beauty benefits of seaweed and blue-algae along with other key ingredients (such as aloe vera, salicylic acid and vitamin C) to detox pores, exfoliate dead skin, boost elasticity and provide the skin with a shield of anti-aging nutrients that can protect against various environmental aggressors.

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  4. 4. Firms the look of sagging skin

    Not only can spirulina neutralize free radicals and protect against early signs of aging, it can firm the look of sagging skin, too. “With a good amino acid profile, including chief constituents for skin collagen—glycine and proline—and mineral copper, spirulina is a great option to support skin collagen production,” says Simpson.
    Try:  H2O+ Beauty Sea Greens Body Butter
    For a body butter that can help anti-age and firm the look of skin, reach for H2O+ Beauty’s Sea Greens Body Butter. A favorite of Dr. Jaliman’s, the superfood-packed body lotion is just what you need to nourish and protect the skin. “Shea butter is extremely moisturizing and anti-inflammatory,” says Dr. Jaliman. “Coconut oil is moisturizing and is naturally antibacterial,” she notes. “Spirulina is also anti-microbial and contains amino acids and essential fatty acids,” she adds.

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  5. 5. Promotes hair growth
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    5. Promotes hair growth

    According to Simpson, “With 70% protein, fatty acids and iron, spirulina offers a synergy of nutrients needed to promote hair growth.” And one of the best ways to reap the benefits of spirulina’s hair growth capabilities is by ingesting supplements formulated with the blue-green algae.
    Try: Perricone MD Super Greens Supplement Powder
    Enriched with skin-benefiting ingredients—such as Nrf2 Antioxidant Support Complex and B vitamins—which work from the inside out—this dietary supplement can help support the body’s defense system in order to prevent premature signs of aging, naturally energize and improve mental focus and clarity.

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Jessie Quinn

Jessie Quinn is a writer and editor with work published in NYLON Magazine,,,, and more. She is a graduate of Academy of Art University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Journalism. Originally from Los Angeles, she currently resides in Brooklyn—her home for the last five years. In Jessie’s free time, you can find her creating content for her beauty blog, Hair Skin Kale, testing out DIY beauty recipes, exploring her neighborhood, or binge-watching episodes of Friends. Her background in fashion has taught her that beautiful skin never goes out of style. Follow her on Instagram.