Types of Algae in Skincare the Elixir of Youth

Updated 10/10/2020

Whether you’re blighted by acne, suffering hair loss, or skin like the Sahara desert, seaweed can help.

It may be sludgy, and not rank in the glamour stakes, but believe us when we say, algae has gotta lot of love to give.

It is densely packed with an unusually high concentration of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants.

So for the sake of your looks and locks, us folks at NC are going to help you get acquainted with algae, and show you how this humble leaf can rev up your beauty routine.

The beautifying benefits of algae

Its list of benefits reads like a laundry list of nutrients that aid in a healthy complexion: Whilst each type of algae has its own unique properties, in general, it has a high concentration of copper, iron, iodine, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc, along with vitamins A, B, C, D, and E.

This makes algae ideal for hydrating, plumping, and toning your skin, the cocktail of essential vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fatty acids “help to protect your skin, repair environmental damage, and fight against ageing and boost collagen production while balancing your oil production, reducing puffiness, and soothing redness.”

It can help to regulate moisture balance in the different layers of the epidermis (our outer layer of skin), working as a natural humectant providing a reserve of water in the tissues, which locks water in skins upper layers, keeping it supple and hydrated.

The types of algae used in skincare

As you browse the algae-spiked offerings, you’ll see that there are various types of algae being used for the skin.

There are seven major types of algae, but the most common types used in skin-care products are; Rhodophyceae or red algae, Phaeophyceae or brown algae, and Cyanophyceae or blue-green algae, each has its own powerful properties.

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. Brown algae also contains fucoidan, which can help with wound healing, this it does by protecting elastic fibers in the skin from breaking down over time.

Red Algae (rhodophyceae). Contains Beta Carotene and Protein. Red algae’s active anti-ageing ingredient is known as mycosporine-like amino acids which also absorb certain wavelengths of UV light when used topically, studies have shown that it can improve smoothness and firmness in the skin.

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

Green Algae (Chlorophyceae). This contains large amounts of Vitamin C and Magnesium, green algae also contain phlorotannins that absorb certain UV light to act as an antioxidant.

This article is a really interesting read on the benefits of algae in skincare

Key minerals found in algae

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

Potassium: Purifying, potassium helps to push fluids and toxins out of your skin cells.

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

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

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

Bromide: Relaxes and soothes your skin’s tissues.

With all these skin-loving benefits, it is no wonder, that Algae is a popular ingredient in a number of our skin care applications, including DNA age delay complex.

If you are loving getting all nautical, join us here tomorrow to find out why it is, that mermaids absolutely love seaweed.

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