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Algae for your skin: the benefits and how to use it

Nature is one of the most profound healers, which is why incorporating natural ingredients into our skincare is key to our ethos. 

One of nature’s ingredients creating waves is Algae. From potent serums to rejuvenating face masks, Algae has become a staple in many skincare products. And just as there are countless fish in the sea, there are also many different types of Algae, each with its own unique benefits for skin health.

Whether it's Brown Algae providing hydration and elasticity, Red Algae acting as a natural UV protectant, Blue Algae packed with antioxidants, or Green Algae promoting firmness and smoothness, there's an Algae-infused solution for every skincare need. 

Delve into the science behind Algae for skin health to understand how to get the most out of it in your skincare routine – a natural support, rooted in centuries of botanical wisdom.

What does Algae do for the skin?

Beyond their nutritional prowess, Algae possess unique properties that make them particularly well-suited for skincare. Their ability to hydrate, detoxify, and protect the skin from environmental stressors has garnered attention from scientists and skincare enthusiasts alike, propelling Algae into the spotlight as a coveted skincare ingredient.

Six benefits you can enjoy from using Algae in your skincare

Algae offers a plethora of benefits for the skin due to its rich nutrient profile, and some of those benefits include…

Deeply hydrating 

Algae act as natural humectants, attracting and retaining water due to their polysaccharide content. This keeps the skin hydrated and supple by forming a protective film that prevents water loss.

Protects the skin

Rich in antioxidant vitamins (A, C, E), Algae nourish the skin, supporting its overall health. These antioxidants protect against environmental pollutants and damage.

Algae are also packed with antioxidants that neutralise free radicals such as astaxanthin and fucoxanthin, protecting against oxidative stress caused by UV radiation and pollution.


Certain Algae, like green and brown Algae, contain bioactive compounds like chlorophyll which, alongside antioxidants, help draw out toxins and impurities from the skin for a clearer complexion.


Algae contain compounds like antioxidant fucoxanthin and omega-3 fatty acids that soothe irritation and inflammation, making them ideal for sensitive skin.

Collagen boosting 

Algae stimulates collagen production through peptides and nutrients like vitamins C and E, improving skin elasticity and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Microbiome supporting

Algae helps nourish and balance the skin's microbiome. Its nutrient-rich composition feeds beneficial microbes, enhancing the skin's natural barrier against environmental stressors. By fostering a healthy microbial balance, Algae promotes skin clarity and radiance, making it a vital ally for maintaining skin health.

Incorporating Algae into your ritual offers a holistic approach to skin health, hydrating, protecting and repairing for nourished skin. 

The different types of Algae and what they’re good for 

From macro to microalgae, there are over 150,000 known types, each offering its own unique tapestry of benefits. However, simply understanding how the most common types of Algae can support your skin concerns and skin type will help you choose the right skincare…

Red Algae (Porphyridium): A hydrator and protector, this Algae is a friend to all skin types. It's especially good for those seeking moisture and defense against the sun's rays.

Brown Algae (Fucus vesiculosus, or Bladderwrack): Rich in antioxidants, it targets elasticity and ageing concerns, making it ideal for mature skin that yearns for youthfulness and vigor.

Blue Algae (Phormidium persicinum): A purifier that suits city dwellers and those with combination to oily skin, helping to defend against pollution and balance skin's natural oils.

Green Algae (Chlorella Vulgaris): For those looking to brighten and even out their skin tone, Green Algae offers firming and smoothing properties, bringing radiance and smoothness back to every complexion.

Does Algae help the appearance of wrinkles?

Algae possesses inherent antioxidants that inhibit enzymes responsible for collagen degradation in the body. Incorporating Algae extract into your skincare can naturally assist in preserving collagen levels to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Algae’s powerful antioxidants also shield the skin from the detrimental effect of free radicals like pollutants and UV rays that cause oxidative stress and cause premature ageing.

How to use Algae for the skin

In the skincare world, Algae is a popular ingredient found in numerous products from serums to moisturisers, oils to masks. Here are some of the different ways you can incorporate it into your routine… 

Serums: Algae-infused serums absorb easily, delivering hydration, antioxidant protection, and promoting skin renewal. 

Face Masks: Algae-based masks hydrate, detoxify, and rejuvenate the skin, refining pores and leaving a refreshed appearance. Because of the occlusive nature of masks, your skin enjoys enhanced absorption of all Algae’s nutrients. This way, you know you’re getting the most out of your Algae.

We love the pampering nature of face masks, like spending an evening with our nourishing Silver Face Mask with Green and Brown Algae (Laminaria Digitata and Chlorella Vulgaris) ~ this balancing mask hydrates the skin and supports your skin microbiome.

Moisturisers: Algae-infused moisturisers both hydrate the skin, and then seal in that hydration. They are especially beneficial for maintaining the hydrating effects of Algae throughout the day.

Oils: Algae oils, rich in nutrients, replenish moisture, soothe, and enhance skin radiance without feeling greasy. 

Eye Creams: Algae-infused eye creams target fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles, hydrating and brightening the delicate eye area. These creams are specifically designed to address concerns around the eyes effectively.

Take care when selecting products to ensure that they are suitable for your skin type. Remember that it’s always a good idea to do a patch test for sensitivities. 

Is it sustainable to use Algae in skincare?

Yes, it can be sustainable to use Algae in skincare, provided that certain criteria are met. You should always look for brands that prioritise sustainability both in how their ingredients are sourced, as well as how they produce their skincare. Try to find brands that are transparent about their sustainability commitments and certifications so you can be confident you’re making sustainable purchases. 

We’re proud to be Butterfly Mark certified by Positive Luxury. The Butterfly Mark is an independent, globally respected symbol of trust awarded to luxury brands, retailers and suppliers that meet the highest standards of verified sustainability performance.

In the words of our founder, Joy, “Our core philosophy, built around the pursuit of ‘beauty through balance’, connects intimately with sustainability and supports ecological stability.”

Introducing ~ le masque infini

Discover the magic of Algae through the
le masque infini,  our balancing silver clay mask infused with (Laminaria Digitata and Chlorella Vulgaris. Crafted with our patented fusion of Silver Hydrosol & DNA HP, le masque infini is a sanctuary for your skin ~ calming, purifying and refining the skin. 

Infused with Cornish Kaolin, Activated Charcoal and Argan Oil, it effectively balances the skin's microbiome while leaving it visibly soothed and deeply hydrated ~ perfect for a weekly deep cleanse and moment of relaxation or a quick 10-minute skin refresh.