Algae: Superfood For The Skin?

There’s quite a rave about Spirulina at the moment. People incorporate it into their diet in all sorts of ways – in fact, we’ve given you our favourite spirulina breakfast recipe below. It’s a superfood and after eating it ourselves and using our creams, people have noticed our glowing and blemish-free skin.

For ageing skin, it’s an incredible ingredient in skincare formulations. It has a unique way of balancing water levels and detoxifying the skin cells. It contains many important vitamins and minerals, but most importantly it contains:

1. All 8 amino acids – the building blocks of protein. The collagen protein in your skin is less present as we age and by providing these amino acids, we can give the cells what they need to build collagen and elastin within our skin structure.

2. High levels of beta-carotene – an antioxidant that can be converted by the body to retinol (Vitamin A), which is known to promote collagen synthesis and increase cell turnover. Beta-carotene is an orange pigment which is known to make the skin look more golden coloured if taken in the right quantity through the diet (not too much though!).

3. Gamma-linoleic acid – an omega-6 unsaturated fatty acid that helps prevent water loss from the epidermis and can be converted by the body into an anti-inflammatory.

 

Blueberry Chia Porridge

This is a very filling recipe and my breakfast meal every day because of its great taste! It’s full of goodness with the Omega-3 rich chia seeds, protein and vitamin dense spirulina, and antioxidant heavy blueberries.

Mix the following and keep ready in a bowl:
2 tablespoons cup chia seeds
1 heaped tablespoons oats (grounded into a powder via a food processor)

Blitz the below in a food processor:
1 handful of blueberries
1/2 a banana
1 teaspoon spirulina powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup of almond milk

Add the blended liquid to the oats and chia seeds. Mix thoroughly and wait 15-20 minutes for the chia seeds to puff up. Then, mix once more and enjoy!

  • Sukaina Rajani

    Love spirulina – and have always added it to further boost my green smoothies (which I havent made in ages!)….great reminder for me to get back on it – but furthermore, I definitely want to try it for my skin.

    • http://elethea.com/ Elethea Beauty

      Yum, green smoothies. So glad you’re an advocate! Try chia seeds too for some additional metabolism boosting fatty acids in the diet – they are delicious.