A rather simple algae plant by the name of spirulina has been creating headlines in the beauty industry for many days now, thanks to its superior skin enriching properties. Considered to be a magical cure for any kind of skin ailment out there, spirluina is fast becoming one of the most popular remedies for skin care.
Listed below are some of the more common benefits one can enjoy by using spirulina on a regular basis.
Rich in Antioxidants
Spirulina is one of the most potent antioxidant agents as it contains all the known anti-oxidants, including B1, B5, B6 and C. Spirulina also contains Vitamin E and other minerals like zinc, copper, manganese, beta carotene and amino acid methionine, all of which help nourish the skin and retain its suppleness. Spirulina is also a rich source of gamma-linoleic acid which is considered very important to preserve the integrity of the skin’s muscles and cells. Gamma-linoleic acid also helps in the production of new cell membranes, thereby keeping the skin healthy and youthful for longer.
Rich in Amino Acids
The skin, connective tissues and muscles of the body are primarily made of amino acids. And Spirulina contains a total of over 18 amino acids to benefit the skin. The well balanced amino acids present in the plant are considered very essential to promote healthy and youthful looking skin.
Beauty Recipes using Spirulina
In most cases, spirulina is used in facial masks in order to prevent wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of premature aging. Facial masks containing spirulina as an active ingredient are also very effective in treating acne.
A simple homemade facial mask using spirulina would involve mixing some of the algae with water to make a paste which can be applied over the face for about 20 minutes. Washing the face after about 20 minutes would result in soft and smooth facial skin.
Spirulina can also be mixed with other ingredients normally used in facial masks. For instance, the plant (1 tablespoon of its powdered form) can be mixed with oatmeal (1 tablespoon) and sour cream (1 tablespoon). The ingredients need to be ground in order to form a paste which can then be applied on the face. Washing the face with cold water after about 20 minutes would make even the driest of skins soft and smooth. Continued use of this remedy for a week or so can also remove wrinkles and fine lines, thereby preventing premature aging.
Spirulina has many benefits for the skin, and can be used as an active ingredient in any facial or skin masks. Its potent antioxidant properties, coupled with the nutrients it houses, makes Spirulina one of the most beneficial remedies for the skin. So consider opting for this algae to treat your skin related issues.