Spirulina, a Superfood?
We all heard about "Superfoods" and how we must include them in our morning smoothies. I don't like the "Superfood" word anymore as it is overused for marketing purposes. This being said, you can buy maca powder, cocoa powder, chia seeds but also spirulina powder at your supermarket or healthstore to put them into smoothies, juices, energy bites, ...
Spirulina powder is famous as a food ingredient but do you know you can also use it as a cosmetic one?
First thing first, what is spirulina?
Spirulina (Scientific Name: Arthrospira platensis) is a blue-green algae originally from Mexico and Tchad. It grows naturally in tropical and subtropical waters. This natural ingredient contains Protein, Gamma-linolenic acid, Iron, B vitamins (however it does not contain a significant amount of B12 according to HSE), Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Potassium, Calcium and Zinc.
Benefits for your skin:
Slow down the appearances of wrinkles.
Improves the elasticity of the skin.
If you already used Spirulina in your diet, you probably noticed that the smell and taste are not really appealing (you definitely know it is from the sea) and might be reluctant to use it as a cosmetic ingredient. Adding ginger essential oil into the formulation allows the soap to be even better for your skin thanks to its benefits but also to give a pleasant and tonic smell. On top of that, Spirulina has a nice green colour. Green is not a colour we usually have in our cosmetics (besides the toothpaste and the eye-shadow) so I think it is really interesting to use it.
Did you already try spirulina in your masks or in other cosmetics products?
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