The best way to achieve clear, glowing skin is by eating a diet rich in plant based foods that contain vitamins, healthy fats, minerals and fiber. However, it doesn’t hurt to apply an all-natural face mask made from superfoods every once in awhile, either! This homemade superfood face mask contains only three ingredients, which makes it a no-fuss recipe that requires minimal prep or clean up time. It features spirulina, which is a blue-green algae that helps support the overall health and appearance of the skin.
Spirulina is an algae that can be found in capsule, tablet or powdered form. When applied topically, it offers nutrition to the skin because it contains several nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. Without these nutrients, your skin cells can’t repair or regenerate. Here are the main benefits of spirulina that make it an ideal superfood to include in your homemade facial recipes.
GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid)
Gamma linolenic acid is an omega 6 essential fatty acid that is needed by the body to produce healthy cell membranes- including your skin cells. The healthier your skin cells are, the brighter, more hydrated and youthful looking your skin will appear.
Antioxidant vitamins A, C and E help protect the skin against the permanent damage that free radicals can cause. Free radicals are toxins found in our environment and in chemically produced skin care products that damage skin cells. They can also contribute to speeding up the aging process and promote the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. By applying vitamins A, C and E to your skin, you’ll keep your skin cells healthy and fight against free radicals which contributes to brighter and younger looking skin.
Carotenoids are plant pigments that act as antioxidants. Spirulina contains several carotenoids, such as astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is an antioxidant that’s found in algae and has been widely studied for its ability to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve the overall appearance of skin tone and texture.
Spirulina is also rich in amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. Protein is the macronutrient that makes up skin cells. Since your skin cells are always repairing and regenerating, it’s important to make sure your natural skin care products contain amino acids.
Chlorophyll is the green pigment that gives plants their signature green color. It’s extremely rich in magnesium, which is a mineral that has been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and may also help clear up rashes. Chlorophyll has natural cleansing properties, which can help clear the skin from harmful toxins.
¼ tsp filtered water
¼ tsp raw honey
Method: In a small bowl, combine spirulina and water. Add extra splashes of filtered water to reach desired consistency. Stir in honey and place on thoroughly cleansed skin. Allow to dry and absorb into skin for fifteen minutes before rinsing off. Follow with your favourite natural toner and moisturizer. Enjoy!