Algae is a botanical extract found in seaweed and wild fungi: rich in Vitamins A, C & E. I will probably elaborate in another post the benefits of each of these Vitamins, and their effect on your skin, later.
Back to Algae though; Did you know that this magical extract is a great natural source of nutrition for your skin?
Originally popularized in France, those in other countries took notice soon after because these ingredients really do revitalize, tone and moisturize the skin.
Many dermatologists consider algae extract to be a potent, active substance with a powerful capability for moisture retention. It can normalize the skin’s moisture content and provide maximum hydration and suppleness to the epidermis, and if you are concerned with dry skin, or perhaps aging, this is a wonderful anti-aging source.
You had me at Anti-Aging; How does that work?
Algae extract helps maintain skin’s youthfulness by restricting formation of the enzyme “Collagenase.”
I promise you, that it’s a real word!
Basically Collagenase is just the cause of collagen degradation. So Algae extract actually prevents further breakdown of collagen fibres which helps to build the collagen network within the dermis, (Remember how I already explained what that is?) which naturally results in firmer, tighter skin.
Its naturally fine colloidal particles and absorbent properties significantly enhance skin purification, which stimulates tissue renewal, skin restructuring and wrinkle reduction.
Pause. What’s a “Colloidal Particle?”
Colloids include gels, sols, and emulsions. So if you hear, or see that word ever again, just remember that they are talking about substances with a gelatinous consistency.
Putting Algae extract on the skin (topical application) provides a protective film which improves the skin’s immunity against free radicals and oxidative stresses caused by environmental aggressions that contributes to diminishing the visible aging process.
What else does Algae extract do?
Well I mean, that’s a pretty broad question. We’ve already discussed the nitty gritty, so you probably understand that Algae Extract has a water-binding property that supports other moisturizing factors.
Algae contain vital trace elements for the skin, such as Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Copper, Silicon, that are decisive for the metabolic processes of the skin.
Skin experts, naturists and even dermatologists now consider algae extract as a potent, active substance that can be used to normalize the skin’s moisture content and provide suppleness to the epidermis (upper most layer of the skin).
It is also rich in iodine, which is diffused through the skin to stimulate the metabolic processes, resulting in skin tightening.
Is there a specific Algae just for skin?
There are different types of algae but the most used is Blue Green Algae in skin treatments. Seaweed is often used as well as it does a really good job of soothing skin and adding a great protective barrier for skin. Blue green algae and seaweed are two of our great skin moisturizers.
Algae Extract VS Acne
Pure algae extracts also work to inhibit skin irritation and reduce oxidative stress to skin cells. It also hydrates, conditions and helps normalize moisture content in the skin. It also promotes skin clarity, prevents the appearance of spots and discoloration in acne.
It is in plenty of supply in Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics’ Exfoliating Gel, in-fact, this ingredient gives the product it’s distinct gel-like consistency!
So if you really want to defeat your acne, you really will need to follow my Beauty Basics!
Recent studies (although none published in any important journal) show that algae extract is rich in a compound called alguronic acid, which has been shown to increase cell regeneration and the synthesis of elastin (it gives skin its elasticity of youth).
Alguronic acid is thought to also provide protection against cell damage induced by ultraviolet rays and inhibit enzymes that break down elastin.
Algae are a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids.
Omega 3 fatty acids help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They also prevent dryness and fight skin problems like eczema and acne.
Algae regulates the production of sebum.
The production of sebum is necessary for the skin to be moisturized and thereby prevent dehydration of the skin.
I mean, at the end of the day; Good skin is sorta in the eye of the beholder, but sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands, and of-course take better care of your skin.
It’s just that simple.
If you have any questions regarding skin, and perhaps acne, feel free to send an email through to:
I hope this information is of help to you, and that you are just a little closer to your best foot forward!
- *Optional: Beauty Basics For Healthy Skin pt. 6 (thatbword.wordpress.com)
- Secret Beauty Ingredient: Algae (Seaweed) (beautyhigh.com)