Superfood Spirulina for your skin: everything you need to know
Spirulina is blue-green algae. This type of algae has been known as a dietary supplement for many years. Spirulina is rich in easily absorbed iron and all B vitamins that help regulate metabolism and the nervous system, and one gram of spirulina contains three times more protein than fish. We wanted to use the power of this superfood in cosmetics as well, and it has proven to be a wise choice. We talked to our laboratory expert Gintarė Mykolaitienė, who created the formulas for KILIG Super Skin Lab products.
“Spirulina is a promising ingredient with a wide range of antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties. In addition, it has low toxicity and minimal side effects,” says Gintarė. She listed below how spirulina can benefit not only our health but also our external beauty.
1. Fighting acne
The Omega-3 fatty acids in spirulina are good for the skin, and the properties of this type of bacteria stimulate cell renewal and have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. It helps to fight various skin problems like acne. After all, the cause of acne is an inflammatory reaction in the skin when bad bacteria start to grow in a clogged pore. Then there is an excess of fat, called sebum, which clogs the pore, the sebaceous gland enlarges, inflammation begins, the site of inflammation turns red, and it becomes painful.
Gintarė strongly suggests paying attention to the type of spirulina used in a particular product. It can be in the form of powder or liquid, or oily or aqueous extracts in facial care products. Oily spirulina extract is best absorbed by the skin, as the skin barrier most easily lets through substances of lipid origin.
2. Reducing fine lines
Spirulina is rich not only in Omega-3 fatty acids, but also in protein and vitamins. So, according to Gintarė, this ingredient also reduces small wrinkles, increases skin elasticity, gives it a pink glow, and prevents the spread of free radicals deep into the skin.
When spending time in the sun, eating a poor diet, and surrounded by air pollution, our skin is exposed to free radicals. They cause minor chemical reactions on the surface of the skin that damage the skin cells. All of this can cause wrinkles, loss of firmness, or patchy discoloration. Spirulina is rich in phytonutrients and carotenoids, which increase skin metabolism, and neutralize free radicals and other toxins that cause premature signs of aging.
3. Eliminating dark circles around your eyes
Spirulina is a superfood and a real energy boost for our outer beauty. So, spirulina facial care products are suitable for those who suffer from dark circles under their eyes. Because the detoxifying effect of spirulina can help reduce dark circles around the eyes and the vitamins and minerals it contains contribute to skin processes, it helps moisturize the often drier skin around the eyes.