Spirulina algae is considered a superfood and an elixir of life, as demonstrated by countless scientific studies carried out in this regard, including those conducted by NASA and aimed at cultivating spirulina in space stations to obtain excellent nourishment for astronauts. Today, however, we will delve into a different aspect of spirulina, which can also become... a cosmetic, for the health and beauty of our skin. Various research has been carried out in this regard and the results are truly noteworthy, as we will see later in the article.
Spirulina as a beauty cosmetic, what science says
Algae are gaining fame as ingredients to add to preparations in the cosmetic field. This is thanks to their benefits on the skin, which can be traced back to their ability to counteract the damage of free radicals and UV rays. Spirulina algae, scientific name Spirulina platensis, is no exception. This algae helps fight the first signs of aging and photoaging, helps make the skin firmer, smoother and stimulates the production of collagen, for a younger skin with fewer wrinkles (Gunes et al, Pharm Biol, 2017). Not only that, spirulina, containing substances such as carotenoids, vitamins, minerals, pigments and proteins that work in synergy, promotes the healing of wounds and tissue regeneration (Gunes et al, Pharm Biol, 2017). Studies also report an antimicrobial action of spirulina, useful for combating acne (Josza et al, Molecules, 2020).
Spirulina in cosmetics, where it is found and DIY recipes
Spirulina for making cosmetics can be found in powder form in specialized shops and online. If you love do-it-yourself, here are some ideas for making fantastic spirulina treatments at home, otherwise you can purchase ready-made products that already contain this algae. But let's get back to DIY cosmetics. Here is a face mask that nourishes, hydrates, fights the signs of aging but also helps regulate sebum production. In a small bowl, mix 2 teaspoons of spirulina and as much vegetable oil as needed to obtain a creamy consistency. If you have young acne-prone skin you can use jojoba oil, in all other cases argan oil is excellent. Apply on cleansed face for 15 minutes, then rinse and continue with your treatment. In case of young skin, oily skin, combination skin or dull skin that needs to be purified you can prepare this mask. In a small bowl mix 2 tablespoons of green clay and a teaspoon of spirulina. Add as much water as needed to form a creamy mixture. Apply on a clean face for about ten minutes, then rinse and continue with your treatment.