Spirulina is a seaweed widely consumed as a food supplement thanks to its nutritional properties. Its richness in proteins, minerals, trace elements, essential fatty acids, and vitamins is highly beneficial for the body. If this alga is beneficial when ingested, it is just as beneficial when applied to the skin. Spirulina is a spiral-shaped cyanobacterium - a sustainable bioactive microalga - commonly known as blue algae for its concentration of phycocyanin, a blue pigment. It grows naturally in freshwater lakes, between 20 and 40°C, at a pH of 9 to 11.
If spirulina is so beneficial, it is because it has no cellulose wall, its cellular content and its active ingredients are therefore more accessible. Its content of amino acids, vitamins, and antioxidants also makes it interesting for slowing down the appearance of wrinkles or for strengthening hair. Indeed, spirulina is rich in phycocyanin, beta-carotene, zinc, and above all in vitamin E which are natural antioxidants. Those molecules fight against free radicals and reactive aldehydes which can be in the body, responsible for premature skin aging.
In addition, spirulina has exceptional revitalizing, fortifying, and nutritive properties. It improves the suppleness and elasticity of the skin and helps prevent the appearance of wrinkles.
In addition, this algae promotes healthy sun protection, to treat skin pigmentation disorders often associated with skin aging and exposure to UV rays from the sun. Thanks to flavonoids and triterpenoids, spirulina has an anti-inflammatory power that helps to heal minor wounds
Then, by its richness in beta-carotene - the precursor of vitamin A - spirulina accelerates, intensifies, and prolongs tanning. The B vitamins promote the growth and good health of hair and nails, while minerals such as calcium enhance their quality and beauty. Finally, spirulina brings a pretty bluish-green tint to your cosmetics but only use it in low doses in leave-on products because it can color the skin.
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