What Are the Benefits of Algae in Skin Care?

Algae can be beneficial to the skin.

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Ahh, the wonders of the sea. If you're looking to make a change to your skin-care routine, try adding algae. Algae isn't just worthless seaweed and kelp you find washed up on the beach. It can do wonders for your skin, so try adding a little bit of it to your product mix if you haven't already.

Antioxidants

Algae is rich in antioxidants. If your skin is feeling a little tired, slough on an algae-containing product. The ingredient can be used to perk up your skin. Antioxidants help to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, giving your skin a more youthful glow. They also help to protect the skin from further damage.

Other Benefits

Algae is good for way more than just its antioxidant properties, according to New York aesthetician Susan Ciminelli. She tells Allure magazine that not only is the stuff chock-full of antioxidants, it also contains Co-Q10 and vitamin A, which work together to boost skin's collagen production and make it more supple. Algae can soothe redness and calm your skin.

Wrinkle Fillers

If you're starting to get those little smile lines, there's an alternative to fillers like Restalin and Juvederm. Purified brown algae, when injected into fine lines, can plump them and last up to 12 months, according to studies done in Germany. An Allure magazine article written in 2010 claims that brown algae could become a popular substitute for mainstream wrinkle fillers.

Another Way to Use Algae

If wrinkle injections aren't your cup of tea, don't fret. There's another way you can use algae to make your skin gorgeous. Tons of face creams are infused with the substance. Try applying a moisturizer containing algae once or twice a day to give you a more youthful look.

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