It’s been a long week so this morning looked like a great start to open up a box of goodies I got the other day in the mail (DIY skincare ingredients). And so I made a soothing spirulina face mask to ease my way into Friday and the upcoming hectic weekend that’s still ahead. Why the green powder? Because spirulina skin benefits are amazing and because I had it lying around. I love an antioxidant kick every now and again.
Spirulina love story
There was a time in my life (yes, there were loads of those) when I discovered spirulina. And people said: “put it in a glass of water and drink it in the morning.” So I did. And it was yuck! So it was actually thanks to mango, that made spirulina in my smoothie sweeter and less-green and way more delicious. I still don’t drink it only with water, because I really can’t, but have started using it in a lot of different ways.
Spirulina is actually a type of blue-green algae. It is rich in vitamins, protein, copper, and iron. It grows in salty as well as fresh water and possesses tons of antioxidants. With its anti-inflammatory properties and phycocyanin (a pigment that’s primarily responsible for spirulina’s health benefits) is spirulina really that superfood that everyone talks about. And with a good reason, this powder really lives up to its reputation.
Spirulina health benefits
- Improves immune system
- Boosts energy
- Great for brain health
- Manages cholesterol
- Detoxifies the body (from heavy metals)
- Lowers blood sugar levels
- Lowers cholesterol
- Boosts liver health
- Aids with PMS symptoms
- Great source of plant-based protein
Spirulina skin benefits
Spirulina powder is beneficial all around. You can take it internally, as a supplement, but try applying the powder topically and you’ll see the other side of abundant spirulina skin benefits. The best (and easiest) way is to use it both ways, at least I do: I add it to my smoothies, oatmeal, and juices and use it topically. And you might want to start doing the same:
- Promotes glowing skin
- Offers protection from the free radicals
- Boosts skin regeneration
- Possesses anti-aging properties
- Works as a natural moisturizer
- It is perfect for skin detox
- It is a natural skin toner
- Treats dark circles
Soothing spirulina face mask
To make this spirulina face mask, you only need 3 ingredients. It will take you about 1 minute to make it and 15 more after you apply it before you rinse your face with lukewarm water. Before you apply the mask, you can do the following:
Boil hot water, put your face over the bowl and cover your head with a towel. Basically, hold your face over the steam for about 2 minutes. This way you’ll open up the pores and let the mask penetrate deeper into the skin. Spirulina can work its magic better and the essential oil in the mask will help you relax and enjoy your 15 minutes.
Spirulina eliminated toxins from the body, keeps the skin healthy by fighting the free radicals. As one of the most nutritious superfoods, spirulina is a must-keep in my pantry. Yes, the taste is very green and rather grass-like, but once I got used to it, spirulina became a keeper. It helps to tone my skin, make it brighter and slow down signs of aging (which we all must face at some point, sadly).
Jojoba oil has been used for various skin problems since it’s very beneficial and has many skin benefits. I use it primarily because it is a natural skin moisturizer, it reduces wrinkles and most importantly, it is easily absorbed into the skin. Jojoba oil is also a very rich source of vitamin E (which is an antioxidant, helps protect skin cells from the free radicals).
Eucalyptus essential oil health benefits range somewhere between anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties amongst others, to a long list of eucalyptus essential oil skin benefits. Not to mention, that eucalyptus EO is a popular natural remedy for relaxation. Apart from that, eucalyptus EO is a natural skin moisturizer and also aids with acne.
Homemade spirulina face mask
- 1 teaspoon spirulina powder
- 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
- 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
Mix everything well in a cup and apply to your face.Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
Since spirulina has this dark green color, applying it might get a bit messy. Also, after you wash it off, make sure to clean the sink right away, since this dark green powder may leave some stains otherwise.
How do you usually use spirulina?