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Is Chlorophyll a Superfood AND a Skincare Ingredient?
You may remember learning about chlorophyll in middle school science class.
If not, here’s a refresher:
It’s also full of vitamins and antioxidants, so humans can use it, too.
Well, some of us humans have started ingesting chlorophyll for its skincare benefits.
This practice has been made popular by celebrities.
Today, I’ll be talking about this recent trend and giving you everything you need to know.
Don’t worry, it won’t turn you green!
(But you may want to drink it through a straw.)
Is Chlorophyll Healthy?
Chlorophyll is considered a superfood and is found in raw green vegetables, like spinach, kale, and green beans.
Mom always said to “eat your greens,” and she was right!
You can ingest chlorophyll supplements, which are actually chlorophyllin, or put “liquid chlorophyll” into your water.
Reported health benefits of chlorophyll include:
- Strengthening the immune system
- Improving digestion and bad breath
- Speeding up wound healing
- Reducing cancer risks
- Helping with liver detoxification
- Providing an energy boost
However, studies have yet to fully confirm these benefits.
How Does Chlorophyll Help Skin?
If you’ve read my blog before, you know that I believe that skincare isn’t just what you put on your face - it includes what you’re putting in your body.
So, if you ingest chlorophyll, you’ll be able to see the results on your face!
Chlorophyll has a “detox” effect on the blood and also increases red blood cell production.
This helps deliver oxygen to your skin cells.
The oxygen will help your skin look and feel smoother and appear more radiant.
Those who have tried chlorophyll have claimed to see a difference in their skin in a matter of days because of this.
Chlorophyll is also high in vitamins A, C, E, and K and antioxidants, which protect against free radical damage.
Over time, this damage can lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, and even harm DNA.
Here’s a refresher on why these vitamins are so great:
- Vitamin A: encourages cell growth and maintains skin’s firmness.
- Vitamin C: boosts collagen production and improves dark spots.
- Vitamin E: keeps skin moisturized and fights free radicals.
- Vitamin K: heals bruises and neutralizes discoloration.
Going back to the “speeding wound healing” point up above, chlorophyll can be applied directly to burns and cuts as it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.
This germ-killing action may also help combat acne and body odor caused by bacteria.
It can also prevent scarring and diminish dark spots when used topically.
It seems like we have a winner here!
When taken regularly, chlorophyll can improve your skin’s health from the inside out.
You can also find it in cleansers, serums, and moisturizers, or apply the liquid form directly to the skin.
Pair it with some awesome skincare products and a consistent regimen, and you can expect to see clearer, more radiant skin.
As always, talk to your doctor before trying new supplements, and know that ingesting chlorophyll can have some side effects.
Beauties, have you tried chlorophyll? Have you noticed a difference in the way your skin looks? I’m eager to hear in the comments!