In the word of health supplements, spirulina is probably the most preferred for its many benefits. For all of you who are unaware about spirulina, let’s start with the basics. Spirulina is a form of algae (don’t get grossed out) that has a number of benefits. It’s a natural algae, the scientific term for which is cyanobacteria, that’s extremely high in protein, nutrients, iron and antioxidants. Spirulina is obtained from two species of cyanobacteria - Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima.
It’s used as a dietary supplement and even a whole food. The supplements are available in tablets, powders etc. Nutritionists are now touting it as a “superfood” for its incredible benefits such as its ability to lower cholesterol levels, boost immunity, provide energy, fight allergies etc. The supplement also has some incredible skin benefits, so read on to know how you can use it to boost your skincare routine…
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For glowing skin
Power-packed with antioxidants, spirulina can do wonders for your skin when it comes to glow and complexion. The spirulina face mask is the ultimate detoxifier that your skin needs.
Add 1 tbsp. spirulina powder to 1 tbsp. organic honey and mix it well. Apply this mask evenly on your cleansed face. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
Spirulina is also rich in phytonutrients and carotenoids–the antioxidants that can help defend your skin and body from free radicals. The result? Eliminated premature signs of ageing! Taking spirulina supplements regularly will ensure younger-looking, healthy skin.
Spirulina’s anti-inflammatory properties help reduce swelling, acne and prevent further breakouts as well. It increases your skin’s metabolism which enables faster healing and also prevents bacteria overgrowth. Apart from ingesting it, you can also use spirulina induced skincare products to combat acne issues.
For dark circles
Chlorophyll (also considered to be a superfood by some nutritionists) is present is spirulina which helps reduce dark circles and spots on your skin.
There are numerous ways to consume spirulina–you can add some powder to water and drink it, or add it to a smoothie. They’re also available in tablet form. Use spirulina powder in homemade face masks, or spirulina induced products that are widely available in the market–face scrubs, sheet masks etc.
Consult with your doctor before you start consuming supplements of spirulina regarding the dosage etc. and watch your overall health and skin transform.
Written by Vaishnavi Thakur on Jan 17, 2018