Do you ever wonder what ingredients actually make up your favorite cleanser or your favorite moisturizer? Would you believe it if I told you that algae is an extremely popular ingredient in some of our most used skincare products! Algae is used for its various properties that are beneficial for maintaining overall skin health. Two of the most common forms we see in skincare are spirulina and red algae. 

Spirulina in skincare

What is spirulina?

Spirulina, also known as nature’s cell refresher is a type of blue-green algae that grows in both salt and freshwater. Making it one of the most sustainable and nutrient dense “foods” on the planet! It is rich in vitamins, minerals, protein, carotenoids and antioxidants which all contribute to healthier skin whether it is ingested or applied topically. 

What are the benefits of spirulina for the skin?

Spirulina has anti-aging benefits, specifically moisturizing, antioxidant and brightening properties, as well as anti-acne and wound healing properties. It is a commonly used active ingredient in skincare products, such as Danucera and Biologique Recherche.  


This blue-green algae is a superfood snack for the skin! Recent studies show that spirulina can  improve the skin barrier by acting as a hydration booster. This nourishing action counteracts a dull complexion, leaving the skin hydrated and radiant. From Future Cosmetics, the Lemuria Phytomarine products contain four different types of algae; the main one being spirulina. These nutrient dense products provide ultimate hydration!  


One of the main compounds in spirulina (phycocyanin) has antioxidant properties which target dark spots, hyperpigmentation and sagging skin. Try Oligo-Proteines Marines Serum if you are looking to brighten and unify the complexion, especially around the eye area!  Thanks to this high concentration of antioxidants, the skin is protected against photoaging and loss of elasticity. 


Spirulina is a natural antimicrobial and possesses antibacterial properties. This type of action makes it “suitable” for purifying the skin, making Cerabalm effective in reducing acne and inflammation while simultaneously improving skin radiance, elasticity and texture!   

Red Algae in skincare

What is red algae? 

Red algae is a type of marine algae that is widely used in the cosmetic industry. In regards to skincare, red algae acts as a very active ingredient to boost skin health. 

What are the benefits of red algae?

Known for its humectant and antibacterial properties, this algae is rich in amino-acids, minerals and vitamins. What this means is that is that ability to boost antioxidant protection, plump the skin and even provide UV protection! 


Containing high levels of vitamin A and C, red algae aids in evening out skin tone and protecting the skin from environmental stressors. Masque PIGM 400 is going to do just that and more! Made up of red algae extract and stabilized vitamin C, your skin will be radiant in just 20 minutes. 


The texture of red algae makes it extremely effective in hydrating and nourishing the skin, so much so that it helps the body retain water. The Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion will provide you all the moisture you need, while providing a lightweight texture. It’s unique blend of Japanese marine red algae, hyaluronic acid and aloe makes it ideal for all skin types! 

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