The beauty industry is facing a renaissance in sustainability. More and more companies are seeking ways and ingredients that are self-sustaining, natural, and most importantly healthy to use on our bodies. For too long brands have released products with little to oversight or care put into how their manufacturing, distribution and formulas affect the environment and those that use them. The best beauty products pay special attention to the environment it came from, the consumer using it and delivering its intended effect. One of the ingredients that has gained a lot of attention for skin and hair care products is algae oil. This hydrating oil is extracted from micro algae and has a ton of great benefits and nutrients that make it an amazing ingredient for hydrating skin and hair products. Let’s take a look at a few of the benefits of using algae oil and why it’s such an amazing product and ingredient.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
These fatty acids are extremely important for our diet and health, and unfortunately americans are lacking in the amount of omega-3 fats in our system. Traditionally, these fats are found in fish. People with high intakes of fish will likely be getting a fair amount of omega-3 in their system, but vegetarians and vegans need different ways to ingest these fats. Algae oil is a great solution for this as it is a high source of omega-3. The two types of omega-3’s that are most prevalent in microalgae are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
In addition to these fatty acids it contains for ingestion, the omega-3 fats in acids are also fantastic for moisturizing skin and hair without getting greasy or oily.
Sustainable and Cruelty Free
Algae oil’s sustainable properties are one of the things that make it such an attractive ingredient. Algae can be easily grown and farmed making it an ideal vegetarian solution to extract valuable nutrients that are usually found in fish oils. It’s ability to be sustainably farmed without harming animals makes it an ideal solution for any products that traditionally use fish oils for fatty acids. The beauty and health industry has long used animal testing for their products, but using things like algae oil take the need for animal testing out of the equation.
Anti-Aging and Heart Health
Omega-3 and algae oil have been known to have anti-aging properties including diminishing wrinkles and lines on the skin. Algae oil is not only hydrating, but can help with skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis and promotes the overall health and youth of your skin. The properties in algae oil have been shown to actually affect the enzymes in the skin that break down the elasticity of our skin.
Algae and omega-3 supplements are also proven to reduce blood pressure and support heart health. Omega-3’s reduce levels of triglyceride in the blood, and it has been observed with multiple forms of marine sources.
Certain studies have shown that people diagnosed with depression have significantly lower levels of EPA and DHA in their blood. Supplements containing EPA and DHA helped participants greatly reduce their symptoms. While omega-3’s are a promising natural solution for depression and other mental health disorders, research is still being done on how these compounds interact with our brains to effect depressive diseases.
Higher Concentration of DHA
Compared to fish oils, algae is more advantageous for its concentration of amino acids. Extracting these compounds from fish present a number of problems from cruelty to the safety of ingestion. Fish can contain many harmful chemicals from pollution, and a great deal of the concentration of DHA and EPA in fish comes from the food they eat: algae and plant life. This means that it’s possible to achieve higher levels of specific components when farming algae for it’s fatty acids.
Algae Oil is the next wave of supplement health for a number of different purposes. The properties of algae oil make it a great moisturizer for hair products, skin products and dietary supplements. Plus, it is a sustainable approach to sourcing valuable nutrients while reducing the harmful environmental effects of farming cold water fish for the same nutrients. Both algae and seaweed have been heavily researched in the last decade for their potential in food production, health products, and even fuel. This shows us that there are many powerful options available to us in sustainable forms on the planet that provide an alternative to animal testing and harmful environmental practices.