Updated: Nov 18, 2021
Have you heard of spirulina? It is also called 'miraculous algae' because it is micro in size but mighty in health powers! Read on to find out what spirulina can do for your hair and skin, you'll not be disappointed!
What is spirulina?
Spirulina is a microorganism, but don't be scared, it is a nice one!
It is a photosynthetic cyanobacterium, one of the most popularly cultivated microalgae. There are three species. Spirulina is very rich in nutrients. It contains around 400 nutritional substances, including proteins (up to 70%), polyunsaturated fatty acids, polysaccharides, carotenoids, vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc. It is worth noting that spirulina is an excellent vegan source of Vitamin B12, a vitamin mainly found in meat; therefore lacking in a vegetarian and vegan diet.
Historically, spirulina has been used by Aztecs and other Mesoamericans until the 16th century and African tribes living around Lake Chad.
Spirulina became popular after NASA scientists gave it to astronauts on space missions! We all want to feel like top astronauts sometimes, so it is no wonder spirulina is so popular nowadays as a food supplement. But beyond being very nutritious, it can do wonders for your skin and hair too.
Ten skin benefits of spirulina
With so many beneficial ingredients, spirulina is a must-have in the skincare routine! But what can it do for your skin:
spirulina antioxidant properties can prevent premature skin ageing by neutralising free radicals.
spirulina can help reduce hyperpigmentation thanks to its component called C-phycocyanin.
spirulina encourages cell turnover and promotes a youthful-looking complexion.
spirulina evens skin tone.
spirulina has antiinflammatory properties, hence can reduce skin redness and irritation.
spirulina strengthens the skin barrier thanks to its many minerals, vitamins and fatty acids.
spirulina has a detoxifying effect, helping your skin eliminate harmful waste products.
spirulina can firm the look of sagging skin thanks to its high protein content.
spirulina can protect your skin from pollution thanks to its high antioxidant content.
it is also known to have antimicrobial properties, helping your skin stay healthy and clean.
Ten hair benefits of spirulina
Beyond being such a great ingredient in skincare products, spirulina is becoming more popular as a hair care ingredient. What can this mighty green powder do for your hair I hear you asking? Read on to find out!
spirulina is an excellent source of hair-loving nutrients, including iron, biotin and zinc.
spirulina promotes hair growth.
spirulina strengthens the hair thanks to being rich in proteins, minerals and vitamins.
spirulina can combat dandruff.
it is most suitable for oily/greasy hair but can be used for any hair type.
spirulina is a real cure for dull and brittle hair thanks to the high B vitamins, iron and proteins content.
it reduces inflammation and redness of the scalp. A healthy scalp equals healthy hair!
healthy fatty acids, minerals and vitamins found in spirulina will improve your hair shine and gloss.
chlorophyll found in high concentration in spirulina will help detox and cleanse your hair and scalp leaving it clean and healthy.
spirulina is known for reducing hair loss and hair thinning.
Here at Bunch, we absolutely love spirulina, so we couldn't help but formulate a couple of products containing this miracle ingredient!
Check our natural face wash, with spirulina, pineapple and rice! this greentastic skin smoothie foams gently and leaves your skin cleansed, refreshed and revitalised.
We have something for hair too! Solid shampoo bar for normal and oily hair. It's brimming with delicious and nutritious ingredients which will leave your hair shiny, clean and strong.