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Do you know your kelp from you dulse? Dive into the world of phycology and discover how algae is used in skincare and beauty products.


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Algae provides multiple benefits to your skin. But what is algae and where does it come from? Algae is a blanket term used for a family of aquatic plants which include visible plants like seaweed and kelp to micro plants like spirulina.

Algae oil and other extracts contain plenty of beneficial ingredients including a purer (and vegan) form of omega 3 fatty acids than fish oil. The omega 3 fatty acids found in algae are great at hydrating your skin and protecting it from harmful UV rays. Algae oil is light on the skin which means it moisturises without clogging up the pores.

Astaxanthin, found in red microalgae, prevents the breakdown of naturally occurring hyaluronic acid in the skin, keeping it firm and supple, reducing the appearance of fine lines. It also contains beta-carotene which, apart from giving it its colour, can help to reduce the appearance of acne, blackheads, or other blemishes on your skin. Red algae also contain iodine which combat microscopic fungus and bacteria that led to hair loss.

Boreal algae resemble melatonin, which helps our sleep cycle and cell regeneration, giving you the dual benefit of a good night’s sleep and a youthful glow. Spirulina is rich in antioxidants, which fight harmful free radicals that contribute to wrinkles.

As a natural ingredient, algae oil is gentle enough to incorporate into your everyday skincare routine.

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