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About the Ingredient: Spirulina

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Categories: Freshwater algae

What Is Spirulina? Spirulina has a hydrating effect on the skin's surface layers.

It contains certain proteins that contribute to the stimulation of the fibroblast and to tissue regeneration.

This increases the skin's metabolism to enable faster cell turnover and healing.

Spirulina also contains antioxidants that destroy free radicals that contribute to signs of aging, like wrinkles and fine lines.

It's effective in treating dark undereye circles and dryness around the area.

Spirulina eliminates toxins and helps prevent bacterial overgrowth that causes breakouts.

What Is the Definition of Spirulina? A blue-green algae that includes protein, vitamins B and E, carotenoids, iron, zinc, copper, and gamma-linolenic acid.

What Are the Benefits of Spirulina?

  • Eliminates toxins
  • Full of antioxidants and nutrients
  • Hydrates the skin
  • Fights against signs of aging and acne

What Is Spirulina Used In? Creams, Moisturizers, Serums, Masks, Soaps, Cleansers, Scrubs

Esthetician Summary

What Is the Origin of Spirulina? The Aztecs and other Mesoamericans included spirulina in their diet from Lake Texcoco prior to the 16th century.

They called it "tecuitlatl."

The Kanembu people in Chad also consume spirulina from lakes and ponds, beginning as far back as the 9th century.

They dry it into cakes used to make broths and sell it in markets.

Today, spirulina is consumed by millions of people and is considered a "superfood."

Cautions: While spirulina is usually good for all skin types, it may aggravate or irritate skin in extreme cases.

Talk to your doctor before taking spirulina supplements.

Products That Include Spirulina: Alana Mitchell Brightening & Exfoliating Anti-Aging Masque