Understanding the Types of Algae in Skincare

Our skin is very susceptible to environmental damage.

Algae is extremely hydrating and protective, it has a real affinity with the skin.

Which is why marine ingredients, are a great addition in your skincare products.

There are four types of Algae:

  • Red
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Brown

Each has its own powerful properties.

Types of Algae

Brown algae (chrommophyceae). Contains high levels of iodine and fibre, and it is a good source of Vitamin C and E.

Iodine is an important mineral for healthy hair growth.

Green Algae (chlorophycea). This contains large amounts of Vitamin C and Magnesium.

Red Algae (rhodophyceae) .Contains Beta Carotene and Protein.

Blue Algae (cyanophyceae). This type of algae contains many B. Vitamins, along with Amino Acids, Polyunsaturated fats, Calcium and Protein.

This is a really interesting read on the benefits of algae in skin care

Properties and Uses

Not only does Algae have some wonderful protective properties, it is also extremely moisturising.

In skin care, it can help to regulate moisture balance in the different layers of the epidermis (our outer layer of skin).

It works as a natural humectant providing a reserve of water in the tissues, locking water in the upper layers of the skin, keeping it supple and hydrated.

Algae provides the skin with minerals and trace elements, essential nutrients that help our skin maintain and reinforce its natural functions.

Key Minerals

Magnesium: Relaxes the body, soothes, calms and de-sensitises the skin.

Potassium: Purifying, potassium helps to push fluids and toxins out of the skins cells.

Sodium: It is very hydrating, drawing moisture into the cells, keeping skin soft and supple.

Calcium: This mineral found in Algae, helps to promote collagen and elastin production.

Iodine: Detoxifies and increases the body’s metabolism and stimulates cellular renewal.

Bromide: Relaxes and soothes the skins tissues.

With all these skin loving benefits, it is no wonder, that Algae is a popular ingredient in many of our skin care applications.

Join us here tomorrow to find out why it is, that mermaids absolutely love seaweed!

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