There are a couple of trendy skincare ingredients that happen to be much more fascinating than the rest. Not all of them are as luxurious as caviar creams; a sheet mask with snail mucin is equally intriguing and so much more affordable. The offbeat ingredients that are used in skincare these days are like candy treats for beauty lovers.
One such ingredient that is being abundantly used in skincare these days is algae extracts. Yes, the slimy vegetation usually found on ocean floors is actually a versatile ingredient that is used in many skincare products. Why? Let’s take a look at what they can do for your skin...
01. Moisture surge
Much like the aforementioned snail mucin, algae is a powerhouse ingredient for hydrating your skin. The ingredient is known to provide a 128 per cent moisture surge in your skin with just a single application. A number of different types of algae can produce this effect, but the popular blue-green microalgae spirulina is favoured in products that promise smooth skin through intense moisturisation.
02. Collagen care
Algae extracts in skincare have been used primarily for two reasons — hydration and collagen care. A kind of algae called astaxanthin is known as one of the most potent antioxidants in the world. It, thus, provides anti-ageing benefits by reducing enzymes that break down collagen in the skin. The result is skin that has high elasticity and reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
03. Treats hyperpigmentation
Even though algae is one of the frontrunners in terms of being a hydrating agent, its claim to fame is treating hyperpigmentation issues like acne scars and dark circles. Varieties of red, green, blue and brown algae are known for their skin-brightening properties — mainly due to the high concentration of vitamin C in them.
04. Relieves inflammation
Did you know that skin inflammation is one of the major reasons behind most skin issues? Yes, from acne to clogged pores and redness, controlling inflammation should be one of your goals with skincare and wellness. Popular algae varieties like seaweed and red algae are known to calm inflammation in the skin and contribute to overall health.
05. Treats chronic skin conditions
We know how difficult it can be to find the right products to deal with chronic skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema. The right ingredient is needed to minimise breakouts and keep irritation at bay. Microalgae and chlorella are known to treat acne flare-ups gently.