Many cosmetic manufacturers are increasingly aware of the benefits of algae, or sea weeds, in their products. Major companies (Estee Lauder, Uniliver) are reported to be using cutting-edge algae harvesting technology towards branding their own health and beauty products.
Japanese and other Asian cultures, in particular, have known these benefits and used them in their diet and skin care. Algae are in many ways considered the ‘base food’ of the earth- They are literally where all life begins in our ecosystem providing 70-80 percent of the oxygen to the planet in general.
Algae are very simple, chlorophyll-containing organisms in a family that includes more than 20,000 different known species. In cosmetics, algae act as thickening agents, water-binding agents, and antioxidants. Some algae are also potential skin irritants.
Herbally Radiant has been using certified Blue Green Algae in its ‘Body Polish’ exfoliating and nourishing cream. It hydrates and tones skin, and is especially helpful in balancing oily skin, detoxification, and promoting elasticity. Paraben free and vegan, this special formulation of Herbally Radiant ($ 34.90 - 4 oz and 20.90 - 2 oz) has received very encouraging response from its customers.
Blue Green and other forms of algae contain proteins, vitamin A, sugar, starch, vitamin B1, iron, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, and calcium. Most of these are beneficial for skin, as emollients, anti-inflammatory agents, or antioxidants. At the same time, it should be kept in mind that claims that algae can stop or eliminate wrinkling, heal skin, or provide other elaborate benefits remain unsubstantiated so far. And it depends on the specific type of sea weed extract, how it is processed, and how much is used in skin care formulations.