We don’t like to throw around the term “miracle worker” lightly, but if we did, it would be about Spirulina. It sounds kinda gross, but Spirulina is a type of algae that grows in freshwater lakes, oceans, ponds, and rivers in tropical climates, and it’s touted as the world’s most nutrient-rich whole food. It used to be a staple part of the Aztec diet and contains more beta-carotene than any other food, every vital amino acid, and it’s rich in essential fatty acids, protein, iron, calcium, magnesium, plus 12 different types of vitamins! It’s no wonder it’s amazing for your body and skin. It can be taken as a supplement, or you can add it to your meals in powder form, $19; it has quite a strong earthy flavor, so you can disguise it in smoothies and juices. It’s also a super potent ingredient to incorporate in DIY’s, here’s how it works:
For radiant skin: Spirulina is full of vitamins, like vitamin A, C, E, B12, all of which will majorly brighten your complexion. It’s also rich in chlorophyll which will help detoxify your skin leaving it clearer, less inflamed and more toned. This also means it’ll help reduce the appearance of dark puffy under eyes and who doesn’t need a little help in that area?!
For acne-prone skin: Spirulina is rich in Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) a fatty acid that combats inflammation. This is then complemented by Spirulina’s antibiotic properties, making it a really effective topical treatment for acne. Because it’s so nutrient dense – protein amino acids make up 60% of Spirulina – taking it in supplement form can also help improve your skin from the inside out.
For mature skin: Whether you apply Spirulina topically or you add it to your diet, it’ll leave sagging skin looking more firm as the potent Omega-6 content will help hydrate and strengthen your skin. It can even slow down the aging process as it contains powerful antioxidants like tyrosine, phytonutrients, and carotenoids, which help defend your skin from free radicals that cause premature aging.
Try a DIY Face Mask:
For a super simple mask, mix one teaspoon of Spirulina with two teaspoons of water. Apply to your face with a brush and wash it off twenty minutes later with warm water. You can also mix one teaspoon of spirulina with one tablespoon of yogurt and one teaspoon of honey for a soothing, gently exfoliating mask.
For your body: Adding Spirulina to your diet will improve your digestive health and encourage weight loss. As it’s a super dense protein (meaning it’s a great fat burner), it’ll help your body to develop lean tissue, leaving it more toned. Dense proteins also help curb hunger so you’ll consume less in general. Spirulina even promotes good bacteria in your stomach, while suppressing harmful bacteria, so your body will retain more nutrients.
For strong nails: If you take Spirulina supplements daily, it’ll help strengthen your nails as it’s a super rich source of iron, vitamin A, and B12. All of which will boost growth and help get rid of any ridges.
For oral health: Spirulina is a rich source of both calcium and phosphorus, which can help maintain healthy gums, strengthen your enamel, and reduce bad breath.
For stronger hair: A rich source of beta-carotene, our bodies convert Spirulina to vitamin A, an essential vitamin for hair cell growth, so it’s a great supplement if you want to lengthen your hair. The protein amino acids also help to strengthen the follicles, meaning your hair will be less prone to breakage.
Try a DIY Hair mask
This hair mask will restore even the most damaged hair, as it’s full of nourishing ingredients that’ll replenish and restore. Start by smashing one avocado in a bowl, then mix in one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, and one teaspoon of spirulina. Apply it to dry hair and leave on for 10 minutes, then wash as usual. If you have blonde hair, do a test patch first to ensure this doesn’t alter your hair color.