Red Algae, the crimson-coloured sea beauty, And first-rate ingredient to know about
There are many species of Algae with the main ones and those we recognise most … red, green and brown. Floating around, laying on the sand, growing on rocks, these slippery sea plants brush up against us while we paddle about and swim at the beach.
Algae are very distinct. They are found across our world and play a vital role in the ecosystems and aquatic food chains.
They are tasty and full of goodness and known as sea vegetables. Fish love to eat them and so do we. Added to soups and salads, if you’re a fan of sushi, you’re in luck.
The pretty, crimson-shaded sea beauty, Red Algae, are a rich source of minerals, carbohydrates, protein, enzymes and fibre and a type of phylum Rhodophyta (a specific set of red algae).
So, what makes them red? It’s the phycobilin (water soluble) pigments – phycoerythrin and phycocyanin which have gorgeous red tones.
Red Algae have been used since ancient times as both a food source and for their medicinal properties. A surprising fact is their mineral content has been found to be 20 times more than that of plants grown on land.
A helping hand to health and skin, it’s said they can promote a healthy circulation and lower bad cholesterol levels, thanks to their high levels of dietary fibre. Their plentiful supply of calcium and magnesium is valuable in bone health and also beneficial to the immune system, thyroid function and blood sugar levels. More recently, studies have shown their effectiveness in controlling yeast growth and the virus that causes herpes.
Key nutrients found in Red Algae include Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamins B12, C and E, minerals, a wide range of Carotenoids including Astaxathin and Beta-carotene. Astaxanthin, categorised as a carotenoid, helps to combat and neutralise free radicals by protecting cells against oxidation, which can lead to damage and inflammation. Certain bioactives found in Red Algae, such as Carrageenan, serve to protect the skin from environmental stressors.
Packed with antioxidants, Red Algae help improve skin health and nourish it as well. The potassium and the carbohydrates found in Red Algae can help reduce hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, dry skin conditions and inflammation.
This superhero Algae also boast Vitamin A and C providing anti-microbial and skin brightening effects. Some studies have revealed that as a moisturising compound they are a better humectant than hyaluronic acid. Preserving the skin’s natural moisture levels, Red Algae promote skin smoothness, a healthier skin barrier, collagen production and enhance elasticity.
Hydrating and nurturing dry skin, Red Algae’s pulp-like texture helps them store plenty of water and, when included in skincare products can help draw water to the skin’s surface. Its unique plumping action makes it effective in reducing wrinkles and lines and, as we’ve mentioned, enhance moisture. It’s also helpful in balancing the skin, particularly after using irritating or drying acid facial treatments.
Red Algae also support the skin in another way by providing exceptional protection against UVA and UVB rays.
You can find Red Algae in our Seaweed Gel, a brilliant weekly treat for the eyes that eases puffiness and dryness, addresses dark circles and enlivens tired eyes.
This multi-action gel is specifically formulated to take care of delicate skin, maintaining hydration levels while it smooths, firms up and tackles finer lines and crinkles.
Now here’s the bonus, this pure Ayurvedic formula is a dream come true doing double duty as a quick ‘mini face mask and pick me up’ refreshing, hydrating and brightening the skin. Try it, you’ll love it.