The word ‘superfood’ is thrown around a lot these days, but in the case of spirulina, we think it’s pretty well deserved. Rich in protein, vitamins, phytonutrients, iron, and beta-carotene – this green algae is shaping up to be a super supplement. But hold up, there’s more.
As well as being a savior for your physical health, spirulina is also a proven superfood for your skin. A blue-green algae might not sound all that beautiful, but skin-savvy fans are already preaching the benefits of this nutrient-rich plant. And looking at the evidence, we can see why.
Here are the five proven ways spirulina can keep your skin healthy, happy, and glowing.
The main active component of spirulina, phycocyanin, is responsible for the algae’s blue-green color. But it also gives it some incredible anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have suggested that phycocyanin has the ability to fight off free radicals and slow down the production of inflammatory molecules, resulting in spirulina’s impressive anti-inflammatory credentials. And it’s thanks to these properties that this nutrient-rich algae is considered a soothing treat that can
rejuvenate and repair damaged skin.
Rejoice! A regular dose of spirulina may mean you can throw away those dreaded anti-wrinkle creams for good. Packed with vitamin E, tyrosine, and selenium, spirulina boasts all the compounds and vitamins necessary for tip-top skin health. Thanks to its powerful antioxidant capacity, tyrosine is particularly effective in eliminating free radicals, which are responsible for skin ageing.
If you suffer from acne, you’ll no doubt be prepared to do anything to get rid of it. Enter spirulina. While it’s not exactly clear how this superfood helps acne, a growing number of sufferers swear by it as a cure to their skin woes.
It’s thought that spirulina’s healthy ratio of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids might be the secret to its effectiveness, with studies showing that these fatty acids can significantly reduce acne lesions for those with inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne.
In the process of boosting metabolism, spirulina eradicates heavy elements and toxins from the body. Thanks to a hefty dose of chlorophyll, it eliminates the free radicals, leading to smoother, softer, brighter skin.
Spirulina is often added to juices and smoothies, or taken as a pill. But when it comes to skin, spirulina comes into its own when used as a face mask. It might not look pretty, but this blue-green algae is an absolute treat for your skin. Why not try making your own batch at home?
1 tablespoon Manuka honey
1 tablespoon spirulina powder
1. Cleanse your skin thoroughly, making sure to get rid of any makeup or impurities.
2. Mix the two ingredients to form a paste.
3. Apply to your face and neck with a facial brush or your fingertips.
4. Leave for 20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
No time for a face mask? Don’t worry – you can enjoy all the health benefits of spirulina in your favorite smoothie. Simply add 1 teaspoon of spirulina powder to your blender, along with any host of superfood ingredients (spinach, kale, blueberries and berries are some of our favorites). Drink straight away to make the most of all those powerful phytonutrients!
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