There are many natural ingredients in skincare products these days, but did you know that one of the most common ones is algae?
Algae contains both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, and as such, has huge benefits for our skin.
Mike Rohlfsen, director of business development for Heliae, an Arizona company that harvests the organism, explains:
“Algae have been around for billions of years. Because they’ve had to adapt to survive, they are packed with minerals, proteins, peptides, and anti-aging oils.”
It is also very healing, which makes it perfect for all types of skin conditions.
Cosmetic benefits of algae include skin moisturisation, controlling acne breakouts, reducing scarring and boosting cell-renewal.
Algae products now include facial masks, anti-ageing creams, moisturisers, body scrubs, hydrating serums and much more.
Here’s our pick of the best:
- Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Bi-Phase Peel, $85, available at Sephora.com
Algenist have been around for years, and were the forerunners when it came to marketing algae in their face oils.
Their latest offering is the Anti-Aging Bi-Phase Peel, which boasts super hydration and by improving the micro-circulation of the skin, a more youthful and brighter glow.
- 3Lab Anti-Aging Cream, $675, available at Barneys New York.
Algae has such amazing moisturizing properties that it is no surprise it ends up in many anti-ageing creams. 3Lab’s uses the ability of algae to bind water in their new Anti-Ageing Cream.
This cream is especially good for older skin that could do with a little extra help, as it also addresses dull skin and targets age spots.
- Bliss Fat Girl Scrub – $38, available from Blissworld.co.uk
This is a body scrub that helps to eliminate cellulite by improving the circulation with massaging and polishing.
Containing Himalayan pink salt and red algae, the massaging technique helps to reduce any accumulation of stagnant fluids that lead to the unsightly formation of the orange peel effect under the skin.
It also exfoliates the skin for further treatment.
- Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist – $48, available at Tatcha.com
For an instant burst of hydration, this dewy skin mist from Tatcha contains squalene (shark liver oil) and red algae.
Skin is immediately moisturised and contrary to most skin misting products, this one does not contain high levels of alcohol and fragrance, which tend to dry out skin.
- Kate Somerville Nourish Hydrating Firming Mist, $48, available at Nordstrom.com
Another face mist here, this one contains blue-green algae which packs a big moisture punch.
It also features some great vitamins for skin, vitamins B, C, and E. Perfect for an afternoon pick-up.
- Origins Drink Up 10-Minute Mask, $25, available at Origins.
If you want a long-lasting treat for your skin, then indulge in a facial mask. These are great ways to get nutrients locked into your skin, as the mask stays on for around ten minutes.
This one from Origins also contains apricot-kernel oil which is a perfect combination along with the red algae.
- Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream, $42, available at Sephora.com
The area around the eyes is often the first to show the tell-tale signs of ageing.
This is an extremely luxurious eye cream that targets the fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, leaving them fully moisturised, thanks to blue-green algae.
Also contains lotus flower which is rich in antioxidants.
- Sunday Riley Liquid Diet Body Treatment, $105, available at Barneys New York.
As we’ve mentioned, algae is very good at increasing the body’s circulation. This body treatment contains red algae and is said to relieve tired legs and feet by getting the blood flowing again.
The way it works is by the minerals in the algae help to increase circulation and flow.