We all know that eating green is good for our bodies – but plants offer a bounty of skin care benefits as well. Packed with antioxidants, minerals and even protein, plants can have soothing, anti-inflammatory and even anti-aging benefits for skin. One of our favorite skin care superfoods? Spirulina Algae. Read on to learn why this should be a high priority in your “skin care diet.”

Spirulina, a natural blue-green Algae (Cyanobacteria), is considered to be a powerful superfood packed full of protein, iron and vitamins A, B and E. Known for aiding in balancing energy levels, detoxifying the body, lowering blood pressure, boosting the immune system and even boosting weight loss, Spirulina really does pack a wellness punch. This has led to a growth in popularity over the past few years, and Spirulina can now be found easily at many health food stores in various forms like powder, pill or flake that make it easy to incorporate into diet. We recommend adding it to your favorite green smoothie or fresh juice blend for an extra nutrient boost. 

When it comes to topical use, Spirulina and other types of Algae actually work to help delay the aging process and address skin concerns like acne and dullness. The antioxidants, phytonutrients and carotenoids or vitamin A (also known as retinol) found in Spirulina help fight free radicals while vitamin E, tyrosine and selenium slow the aging of skin cells to brighten and retexturize skin. High levels of gamma linolenic acid (GMA), an essential fatty acid that helps fight inflammation on a cellular level, help diminish redness, puffiness, and even acne! Plus, the high concentrations of chlorophyll in Spirulina help eliminate toxins to leave behind a brighter, clearer, more radiant complexion. Download our amazing recipe for our "Superfood Green Smoothie" here now!

To break it down a little further, Spirulina and other Algae can help address a plethora of skin care concerns, including:

· Wrinkles & fine lines

· Dark circles & puffiness

· Sensitivity & breakouts

· Congestion & dullness

· Dryness & flakiness

Our picks to incorporate these beauty nutrients into your skin care regimen?

Rejuvenating Spirulina Masque 1-2 times per week. This natural anti-aging masque helps stimulate collagen synthesis and cell turnover to rejuvenate the skin from the outside in and leave skin looking and functioning its best. Rich in powerful vitamins, minerals and nutrients, this marine superfood masque detoxifies and remineralizes as it improves circulation and cell function to help make dull skin a thing of the past.

Rehydrating Algae Gel Masque takes your plant-based skin care one step further. Packed full of antioxidant rich algae extracts, this masque helps promote healing by helping to replenish hydration and essential minerals and vitamins. Use 2-3 times per week for 15 minutes – or leave on under moisturizer overnight – to deeply nourish and refresh your skin. So go “green” by adding these beauty nutrients to your natural skin care regimen – outside and in. It will show on your face with a naturally healthier, more radiant complexion!