Blue algae is set to ruffle some beauty feathers because it's vying with bakuchiol for the accolade of 2019's hottest ingredient. According to intelligence agency Mintel, blue algae is on its way to being one of 2019's biggest skincare trends. Blue algae has many names—blue-green algae, cyanobacteria, spirulina—but what skincare experts are laser-focused on is that the pigment-rich ingredient can work wonders when applied to the skin. For decades now, scientists have known that the pigment in blue algae is a great source of antioxidants. In the Mintel article, the author and skin expert Jo Lawlor reveals that blue algae is "packed with a powerhouse of essential amino acids and minerals... It boosts skin moisture by preventing water loss, and is rich in antioxidant vitamins and minerals, which contribute to the elimination of free radicals within the skin."
Whether you're a city dweller who has to deal with a barrage of pollutants every day or you're dealing with unwanted skin dehydration, adding a daily dose of blue algae to your skin routine could help keep your skin looking and feeling its glowy best. Below we've rounded up the seven best skincare products that boast are made with blue algae—but watch this space, because we predict many more algae-rich skincare products to launch in the future.
With a cocktail of marine-sourced ingredients, this potent moisturizer bolsters collagen production while supercharging your skin's moisture levels. Use it over your favorite serum to lock-in the actives and keep your skin hydrated all day.
Packed with blue-green algae spirulina, this stick supports the elasticity of the skin so it feels firmer over time. Spirulina is naturally rich in amino acids and iron, which our skin needs to function optimally. Apply the serum directly from the stick to the skin after cleansing.
Since blue-green algae is chock full of antioxidants to protect and is known to hydrate and nourish the skin, so it makes total sense to include it in a moisturizer with SPF. This one from Supergoop protects your skin from the sun and free radicals with an added antioxidant boost.
Sunday Riley has added blue-green algae to its new A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum because of its retinol-like effect on the skin. The serum promises to help smooth skin texture and boost skin cell renewal.
This mask utilizes spirulina to speed up skin cell turnover and green tea, with its potent antioxidants, to protect the skin from the environment. Apply to damp skin (it's especially great for acne-prone skin) and allow it to foam, then wet the mask and massage in before rinsing.
Dehydration is often the reason why our skin can look dull and lifeless at the end of a long day. This super-smart cream uses blue algae to impart a "breathable" film over the skin to prevent water loss, so your complexion retains more moisture and stays looking glowy throughout the day.
This innovative dry mask from Nannette de Gaspé contains a myriad of skin-boosting ingredients, including retinol-like spirulina to give your neck a youthful boost. It's a simple solution for helping to ease the look of those horizontal lines, otherwise known as "tech neck."
Next up: Read all about the other trending skincare ingredient, bakuchiol.