Spirulina is a dark green algae that grows on the surface of lakes. Here in Kenya, it grows on Lake Victoria, therefore it is readily available in many supermarkets and health food shops. It contains 65 per cent protein and is packed with vitamins, iron, amino acids and omegas, thus, it is extremely nourishing.
The antioxidants found in spirulina are four times the amount found in berries. The rich green colour comes from chlorophyll which helps to eliminate toxins from our body, while also boosting the immune system. This powder can be taken with water, smoothies, or sprinkled in food.
It is highly alkaline therefore it is beneficial when ingested or applied on the skin. It is available in powder, tablet or flake form. Some of the many benefits of spirulina for the skin include:
· Reducing dark circles
· Fights inflammation
· Detoxes the body
· Fights acne with its antibacterial properties
· Helps the skin retain moisture
· Encourages cell turnover
The best way to use spirulina topically is by applying a face mask. This mask works for all skin types and is soothing, hydrating and brightens the skin. Spirulina can stain, therefore watch out for any dripping.
1 teaspoon spirulina powder
½ teaspoon raw honey
½ teaspoon water or aloe vera juice
Step 1 - Mix ingredients
Mix all the ingredients together until smooth.
Step 2 - Apply
Apply to a clean face, avoiding the eyes, nostrils and mouth. You can apply with your fingertips or a brush.
Step 3 - Dry
Allow to dry for 10 – 15 minutes.
Step 4 - Rinse
Rinse off with warm water.
Step 5 - Moisturise
Moisturise with your usual face cream or serum.