Algae has always been that annoying gross thing we try and remove from our pools every year. Reports of algae killing wildlife in our waterways might lead you to question why we would even consider putting this stuff on our skin. But the truth is the thing killing wild life is a bacteria not actually an algae and this organism has been shown to have benefits to our bodies in more ways then one.
Algae is extremely nutrient rich, jam packed with vitamins minerals, it has more value then its reputation would lead you to believe. Naturally growing seaweed are a type of algae and they are an important and nutritional food in many parts of the world. People have been taking it internally for years as a way to boost their immune system. Topically it helps the skin normalize moisture content and stimulates metabolic processes.
How does it do this?
Algae extract inhibits the production of an enzyme called collagenase. This enzyme can be an enemy to your skin by degrading the naturally occurring collagen in your skin. Prevention of the breakdown of collagen within your skin diminishes the visible aging process and therefore is a much used ingredient in anti-aging products such as Bel Mondo’s Anti-aging Bio Cellulose Facial Mask. As an added benefit Algae is provides a protective film and can help normalize moisture levels, it also helps ease skin irritation.
Not just your average pond scum, algae has benefits from prevention to boosting your skins strength and structure, moisture regulation, protection and soothes irritation. It’s one of the best all round beneficial ingredients in an anti-aging skin care product.