The Benefits of Spirulina & the Best Spirulina Face Mask

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HEY HONEYS!

What the heck is SPIRULINA? Why should you add it to your diet, and do some spirulina face mask?… well, today, I’ll tell you why this green thingy is so amazing for our body!

I can’t stress enough the importance of eating well and getting the Macronutrients & Micronutrients that our body needs. The phrase “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT” is so underrated! The food we consume doesn’t only fulfill our hunger; it also affects our body, our energy, and how it functions as a whole. It affects our immune system, our physical and mental health as well.

Do you wonder why you feel down, depressed, and not motivated sometimes? It could be a result of your food diet (and your environment)!

But anyway, let’s get into spirulina to understand why it’s so good for our body and why adding it to your skin care will have your skin poppin’!

WHAT IS SPIRULINA?

Spirulina is a single-celled blue-green algae better known as cyanobacteria that live in salt and freshwater (ie. mineral-rich alkaline lakes). They are microscopic and aquatic organisms that are autotrophic, which means they can produce their own food through photosynthesis (using water, carbon dioxide, and sunlight). 

Spirulina is rich in nutrients and has many health benefits. It is recognized to be a SUPERFOOD (food rich in many nutrients).

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF SPIRULINA?

First off, spirulina is an alkaline food (pH 9-12). If you don’t already know, alkalizing your body is the way to go! There are so many reasons to consume alkaline food like for example, you’re consuming nutrient-dense food (rich in vitamins and minerals) which are low in calories and sugar. It reduces chronic diseases, helps generate new body cells, and supports the many functions of cells and tissues.

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ITS NUTRITIONAL FACTS

As stated above, this blue-green microalgae is rich in powerful nutrients.

  • Rich in protein (amino acids)
  • Chlorophyll (the green pigment that is incredible for our human body)
  • Beta-carotene (provitamin A)
  • Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B9, C & E
  • Contains pseudo vitamin B12 (an analog to B12; not useful to our body)
  • Electrolytes: sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium
  • Trace mineral: copper, iron
  • Fatty acid: gamma-linolenic acid
  • Very low amount of carbs

ITS HEALTH BENEFITS

Here are some of the PROVEN health benefits of spirulina:

  • Powerful antioxidants with anti-Inflammatory properties
  • Great for gut health – protects good gut bacteria
  • Has anti-cancer properties
  • It may reduce blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol – help reduce heart disease and strokes
  • Boosts the metabolism – help burn fat and lose weight
  • Regulate hormonal imbalance – reduce PMS symptoms and lessen menopause symptoms
  • Provide healthy boost of energy, improves muscular energy metabolism and exercise performance
  • Detoxification of heavy metals (i.e. arsenic)
  • May reduce blood sugar levels

Read one many research papers about Spirulina.

IMPLEMENTING SPIRULINA IN YOUR HEALTHY DIET

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Spirulina can be consumed as a dietary supplement in a capsule, powder, or flakes.

SPIRULINA SMOOTHIE RECIPES

RECIPE #1 Green Smoothie Drink

  • 1-2 tbsp of spirulina powder
  • ½ tbsp of honey
  • 1 tbsp of oats
  • ½ a banana
  • ½ of an avocado
  • 1 cup of almond milk

RECIPE #2 Flat Belly Green Smoothie

  • 1-2 tbsp of spirulina powder
  • 1 banana
  • A hand full of spinach
  • 1 cup of frozen pineapple and mango
  • 1- 1½ of almond milk (as desired)

RECIPE #3 Snatched Waist Smoothie Drink

  • 1 cup distilled water or almond milk
  • 1 tbsp spirulina powder
  • ½ of an avocado
  • 1 cup of organic kale
  • 2 peeled kiwis (or 1 cup of berries)
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Do you prefer a smoothie bowl? Add your smoothie to a bowl with some coconut flakes, strawberries, blueberries, other berries, kiwis and chia seeds. Yummy!

Don’t want to make a smoothie? You can also add the spirulina powder straight into your coffee or tea. But spirulina is better consumed at room temperature as heat reduces its bioavailability.

BON APPETIT!

SKIN CARE: BENEFITS OF SPIRULINA FACE MASK

There are many reasons to use spirulina in your beauty routine.

Here are the benefits of adding spirulina into your skin care:

  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Fights free radicals with antioxidants
  • Reduces bacteria growth (control and reduce acne-causing bacteria growth)
  • Speeds up skin healing and cell renewal
  • Reduces skin damage and wrinkles
  • Improves elasticity of the skin
  • Hydrates, tones the skin, and strengthens skin cells 
  • Great for sensitive, dry, oily, acne-prone skin and has anti-aging properties
  • Bonus: promote hair growth

DIY SPIRULINA FACE MASK RECIPES

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Here are some fantastic DIY Face Mask Recipes with four or fewer ingredients easy to find and simple to do at home. These facial mask recipes are great for all skin types.

Face Mask for Acne-Prone Skin

This recipe is also good for oily skin.

Honey

Honey is AMAZING for your skin. Why am I shouting? Cuz I need to make sure you heard me!

Honey has antibacterial and antiseptic properties (reduce acne-causing bacteria). It’s a natural humectant (draw in moisture into your skin), and it’s one of the best ingredient for many home remedies for your body and skin. It also cleans the skin’s pores and gives your skin a natural glow.

It’s my favorite go-to face mask. After one application, I can always see a difference in my skin.

I try to use it once a week—emphasis on try (being lazy is real).

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties and helps relieves skin inflammation. It’s very potent; never use it on its own!

Application:

  1. Cleanse and tone your skin first.
  2. Apply the mask all over your face (except your eyes) and leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Rinse your face thoroughly, and then moisturize.
  4. Enjoy your clean skin and be the amazing person that you are!

Face Mask for Oily Skin

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps reduce excess oil and detox the skin by absorbing all the dirt that’s clogging your pores.

Note: Only use non-metal utensils and containers as the clay reacts with metal.

Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Its low pH help reduce bacteria growth. It also helps restore your skin’s natural pH balance, which means your skin can naturally retain more moisture while reducing skin irritations.

Furthermore, ACV is amazing for your immune system & gut bacteria.

Application:

  1. Cleanse and tone your skin first.
  2. Apply the mask all over your face (except your eyes) and leave it on for 10 minutes (Don’t let the mask dry all the way!).
  3. Rinse your face or remove mask with a towel. Then moisturize.
  4. Enjoy that skin glow!

Face Mask for Sensitive & Dry Skin

Kaolin Clay

Kaolin clay is milder than bentonite clay (it doesn’t absorb oil as much). It soothes the skin, penetrates the pores, and exfoliate gently without stripping the skin. As a bonus, it reduces eye puffiness.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is fantastic for sensitive and dry skin. It lightly hydrates the skin, soothes the skin from irritation and redness. It reduces bacteria growth and makes the perfect overnight face mask.

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt exfoliates your skin, brightens dull-looking skin, and protects the skin from free radicals.

Application:

  1. Cleanse and tone your skin first.
  2. Apply the mask all over your face (except your eyes) and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Rinse your face. Then moisturize (lock in all that moisture).
  4. Be beautiful inside and out!

Now that’s some serious skin care, right?!

Spirulina Mask for Hair Growth

Lastly, spirulina is good for your hair!

Rapunzel’s Hair Mask

  • 2 tbsp of spirulina powder
  • 2 tbsp of castor oil
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • 5 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • ½ cup of your favorite conditioner or hair treatment (optional)*

*The measurements of this hair recipe may need to be adjusted depending on your hair length. Coconut and castor oil are great for hair, but you should use your favorite hair oil.

Some of my other favorite hair oils are neem oil, avocado oil, and jojoba oil.

Castor Oil

Castor oil promoting hair growth, strengthen hair strands, and nourishes the scalp. It even helps to moisturize flaky and dry scalp.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is so good for hair (I know you know!). It’s able to penetrate hair strands and make them stronger by reducing the loss of protein. It’s also a great hair moisturizer.

Rosemary Essential oil

Using rosemary oil encourages blood circulation, which helps stimulates hair growth and also it works wonders for the scalp.

Application:

  1. Wash your hair
  2. Apply the mask all over your hair and scalp.
  3. Leave it for 20-25 minutes. (detangle your hair with a wide-tooth comb)
  4. Rinse and moisturize, and style your hair.
  5. Whip your hair back & forth!


Spirulina is great for your skin, hair and for your body. Trust me, your body will thank you later!

Don’t forget that eating spirulina will also make your skin and hair flourish from the inside out. 🌱

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Thank you for reading 💓💓💓

Let me know in the comments if you ever use spirulina and how did you use it? If you’ve never tried it before, would you put it in your smoothies, on your skin, or in your hair (or all of the above)?

HAPPY AVRIL HONEYS, I HOPE YEAR 2021 IS GOING WELL FOR YOU!

Disclosure: I only recommend products I would use myself and all opinions expressed below are my own. This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission.

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3 Comments

  1. michelle
    April 5, 2021 / 9:13 PM

    Good Infos.
    Going to try it!
    Thanks

  2. July 15, 2021 / 8:33 PM

    So many are oblivious to the fact that scalp therapy shampoos for fast hair growth (obviously with no sulfates, no parabens, no DEA) are even a thing. We now may possess longer hair and possess more possibilities. Undoubtedly worth considering.

    Whether you’re dealing with alopecia, damaged hair, preventing skin disorders, hair growth, hair and scalp care normally, very similar rules actualize.

    In most cases, you have to stay away from hair products and treatments that include chemicals like parabens, DEA or sulfates.

    What’s good for your hair is beneficial for your skin also.

    For obvious reasons your content here hits the nail in the head for many reasons. It steers away from the usual errors and mistakes too many fall into: utilizing bad alternatives. Keep up the great content!

    • MilknHoneyLifeStyle
      July 28, 2021 / 10:30 PM

      I’m glad you like the post! Thank you so much for your comment and encouragement💕! It requires so much research and sometimes going against what’s everyone says!