Algae might not sound like something you want to put on your skin, but marine-derived ingredients actually have powerful moisturising, protective, and anti-aging benefits for the skin. Adding an algae-based product to your skincare routine is ideal if you’re looking to improve your hydration levels, skin texture, and elasticity. Here’s everything you need to know about algae in skincare.
It’s a source of vitamins A, C, and E
As well as minerals, proteins, and fibres, algae is rich in vitamins. It contains vitamin A (which helps with healing and preventing breakouts, vitamin C (which repairs damaged cells), and vitamin E (a powerful moisturiser).
It helps to prevent dehydration
Algae encourages skin to retain water by reinforcing the skin’s natural barrier function. This prevents dehydration (which can lead to more extreme dryness), and also helps to keep out bacteria and other environmental aggressors that can cause irritation and inflammation.
It has antioxidant properties
As algae has antioxidant properties, it helps to neutralise the free radicals present in the environment that cause damage to skin. This reduces the oxidative stress on skin – which eventually can contribute towards early signs of aging like loose skin, fine lines, and texture.
It helps to achieve soft skin
Thanks to its high concentration of polysaccharides, which have smoothing properties, algae helps to create soft, supple skin by providing a nourishing source of moisture.