today we’re all about ALGAE!
spirulina has long been touted for its health benefits when ingested, but let’s explore some topical uses for this great green growth!
spirulina is a type of edible algae that is high in antioxidants, protein, and B-vitamins. you’ll most likely find it in its dark green powdered form, but when hydrated it’s a beautiful deep green-blue color. it’s widely known as a green “superfood”, but is lesser known as a possible amazing addition to common DIY products!
when researched, spirulina has been shown to increase elasticity of the skin, even skin tone, decrease fine lines, decrease darker spots, and improve the appearance of dark circles. quite the power food, right? try adding it into some of your daily beauty products:
SPIRULINA FACE MASKS
there are many types of face masks you can make using spirulina, biasing the recipe towards moisture, acne, anti-aging, or other properties. here are some simple and effective ingredients you can mix up with spirulina for some awesome masks:
this mask can be used with all skin types. it’s very nourishing for the skin overall, and lessens the appearance of fine lines and spots over time.
add raw honey…
along with the nourishment from the algae, the raw honey adds an antibacterial punch, and helps heal acne and blemishes. this mask will make any skin type glow!
this is my go-to algae mask! combine your spirulina powder with your favorite carrier oil (such as jojoba) and your favorite nourishing oil (such as sea buckthorn). adding EOs is also a wonderful addition! lavender or citrus, anyone?
lately i’ve been really focusing on my remaining acne scars and evening the tone of my skin, so my recipe (makes 2 masks) has been 2 capsules of spirulina, 1 capsule of evening primrose oil, and a few drops of sea buckthorn oil. it’s nourishing, regenerating, moisturizing, and healing!
add rose water…
rose water is a great base for toning your skin, clarifying, and lightly moisturizing. it smells great, too.
combine your algae with aloe and you’ve got a face mask that will deeply nourish and moisturize your face, while lessening inflammation, redness, blemishes, and fine lines.
avocado will deeply moisturize your face with it’s yummy good fats! and you can also slap some of this on toast and eat it. don’t forget the salt! yumm…
add activated charcoal…
another one of my favorites! this mask will vacuum your face clean! mix equal parts spirulina and charcoal, with just enough water to make a thick paste. try adding your favorite oils, EOs, etc, to make a great multi-functional mask.
add kaolin or bentonite clay…
remembering not to use metal or plastic, mix either clay with spirulina for an extra clean and tightening feeling.
honestly, you can add spirulina to ANY face mask to add some extra nourishment and antioxidant properties! really! if you want to try spirulina with raw honey and aloe and avocado, DO IT 🙂 try out your favorite face mask with this blue-green addition and see how you like it.
SPIRULINA BODY SCRUB
take your favorite body scrub and add a few capsules of spirulina to the mix to give your body a nice dose of vitamins and antioxidants all over!
right now i’m loving my coconut-lime salt scrub. if you’d like to give this one a go, mix 1/2 cup sea salt with 1/4 cup coconut oil. add 10 drops lime EO and 2 capsules of spirulina. mix well and store in an air-tight container. you can also sub in your favorite carrier oil instead of coconut oil.
SPIRULINA SCALP AND/OR HAIR MASK
adding 2-3 teaspoons of spirulina to a scalp or hair mask (applied to scalp) will add wonderful nutrients to your hair and scalp, and help your hair grow stronger and your hair follicles stay healthier. it will rinse right out on its own, so don’t worry about having to wash it out a special way.
my favorite scalp mask right now is pure aloe gel, 2 capsules of spirulina, 1/2 tbs raw honey, and the juice from 1/2 lime (works the same as raw acv, but smells better). it leaves my hair moisturized, shiny, and soft!
do you have any spirulina beauty DIYs to share? and/or – which ones do you want to try?
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