Les bienfaits de la spiruline sur la peau - Epycure

BIEN-ETRE The benefits of spirulina on the skin


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You may know it under the name Blue Gold? Spirulina is a blue-colored microalgae known for its numerous health benefits . It is one of the most nutrient -rich ingredients. It is its richness in antioxidants , proteins, vitamins , minerals and essential fatty acids which gives it all its properties in terms of health and well-being. This superfood is therefore a revolution in the field of nutrition, nutraceuticals and cosmetics. Often used as a dietary supplement, this precious algae is also a natural way to take care of your beauty from the inside. Anti-aging, anti-imperfection and healthy-looking effects, it is full of benefits for your skin!

What is spirulina?

Spirulina is a small freshwater blue algae , a cyanobacteria, that grows naturally in ponds, lakes and rivers. It is also cultivated in several countries around the world for its numerous virtues on the body due to its exceptional nutritional composition. It has in fact been consumed for its properties for several thousand years around the world. However, it was only in the 1960s that scientists discovered the potential of this algae. While conducting a study on the excellent health of a tribe living near Lake Chad in the Sahel, researchers discovered the super powers of spirulina . Unlike the entire country which suffered from malnutrition, this tribe showed no signs of deficiency thanks to the daily consumption of spirulina .

How to consume it?

Today, it is mainly found in the form of food supplements to provide a cocktail of nutrients to the body and thus avoid deficiencies. We don't call it a superfood for nothing! It is rich in trace elements, amino acids, minerals, vitamins , antioxidants , essential fatty acids, proteins, nucleic acids, etc., all effective active ingredients to take care of your health and your skin. As rich in nutrients as it is, it is not useful to consume too much of it since the body cannot store micronutrients in large quantities. This is why it is often recommended to provide a daily dose of five grams.

It can be used in different ways, although the ideal is to consume it pure in your diet (diluted in fruit juice or sprinkled on food) or to supplement it. In the form of food supplements (powder, tablets, capsules or flakes), it provides the body with all the nutrients it needs and thus helps it take care of its skin from the inside. It is also used as an active ingredient in cosmetics and is included in the composition of many facial treatments such as pink or green clay masks, creams or body balms.

Spirulina & the skin

Yes, you will have understood, spirulina is a health and beauty asset!

To take care of yourself daily and maintain beautiful, supple, smooth and radiant skin, it is essential to provide it with all the nutrients it needs. Indeed, the quality of our skin is above all the visible external result of good internal health and this requires a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet. This is why the consumption of spirulina , a precious microalgae particularly rich in micronutrients , is an interesting solution which helps maintain the balance and beauty of the skin. Indeed, it will provide the skin with suppleness, softness, elasticity and radiance, while helping it fight against skin aging and preparing it for the sun.

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Spirulina against skin aging

Spirulina is very interesting because of its richness in antioxidants . Indeed, in its composition we find plant pigments (phycocyanin, chlorophyll and carotenoid) and numerous antioxidant micronutrients such as vitamin E, zinc, copper and selenium. These will help fight against oxidative stress which daily leads to the creation of free radicals, the cause of aging in our body and in particular that of the skin. Oxidative stress corresponds to all external aggressions, such as pollution, tobacco, UV rays or stress, which will cause premature degeneration of cells. This is the reason why the first signs of aging appear gradually (wrinkles, sagging skin, etc.). The fact that spirulina is detoxifying, rich in vitamins , minerals and trace elements, will allow it to regenerate body cells, particularly skin cells, and help them fight effectively against the phenomenon of skin aging.

Spirulina for softer, supple and elastic skin

Spirulina helps maintain collagen levels, and thus promote the elasticity and suppleness of the skin. You have probably already heard of it, collagen is a protein present in large quantities in the body which has regenerating and protective properties. It is a kind of natural glue that can be found mainly in skin, hair, nails, muscles, bones and even tendons. In particular, it allows the skin to regenerate and preserve its elasticity. Over the years, its synthesis in the body decreases and is the cause of the appearance of the first signs of aging (skin dryness, wrinkles and fine lines, loss of flexibility and tone, etc.). Maintaining a constant collagen level helps preserve the beauty of the skin. Thanks to its content of vitamins B, C and E, minerals (calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium, etc.), trace elements, amino acids and essential fatty acids, the consumption of spirulina helps boost the production of collagen and preserve the suppleness and elasticity of the skin. In addition, it is very rich in proteins which allows it to participate in cell renewal and therefore in the production of healthy skin cells.

Spirulina for a healthy glow and a radiant complexion

The detoxifying properties of spirulina allow the body to more easily eliminate accumulated toxins and therefore naturally promote radiance of the skin. In addition, it contains beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A. This vitamin allows the synthesis of melanin, a pigment naturally present in the body at the origin of skin color and therefore tanning. Beta-carotene and tanned complexion are often inseparable, which is why a spirulina treatment can allow you to have a beautiful, radiant complexion all year round. The little extra of spirulina is that it is rich in chlorophyll and essential fatty acids, molecules which allow the skin to be deeply hydrated. Often forgotten, hydration protects the skin against external aggressions and helps fight against cell whitening, the cause of a bad appearance. To optimize the effects of your treatment, don't forget to moisturize your skin day and night.

Solène Senejko

Ingénieure Alimentation & Santé