Spirulina is a wonderful, nutrient-dense superfood
with many surprising uses
, including natural skin care. Besides providing physical nourishment, spirulina offers many benefits when used topically. It's thought to improve acne, increase collagen production, and decrease fine lines and wrinkles. The antioxidants present in spirulina may also help reduce redness and inflammation. While the studies on these benefits are still somewhat lacking, the possibilities make it worth trying. One quick and easy way to use spirulina topically is to add it to homemade skin care products, such as cleansers, masks, scrubs, and even makeup
. If you are new to using spirulina in homemade skin care products, I suggest adding it to any basic body scrub recipe. One teaspoon is usually enough. Spirulina's scent may be slightly unpleasant, but it is not overpowering when only using a small amount in a scrub recipe. Add essential oils to produce a more enjoyable scent. If you use white sugar and white salt to create this spirulina body scrub, you'll have a luscious, green-tinted exfoliator. This recipe makes an invigorating body scrub that leaves skin feeling fresh and looking vibrant. WFN's extra virgin olive oil
adds a little extra green color and provides extra skin-nourishing benefits. Frankincense and lavender essential oils lend an uplifting fragrance and tone down the earthy scent of spirulina. Feel free to substitute other skin-safe essential oils.
Antioxidant-Rich Spirulina Body Scrub
Mix all ingredients together and store in a glass jar. This scrub is intended for use on the body, not the face. Do not use the scrub on broken skin or skin that is sunburned or windburned. To use: Massage body scrub into skin, using circular motions. Rinse with warm water. May be used once or twice a week; more frequent use may result in irritated skin.
Have you ever added spirulina to a body scrub?