Algae isn't the most conventional skincare ingredient out there. However, it has been used in skincare since ancient times - so clearly, it's kind of a big deal.
Today, marine algae extracts are extensively used in skincare products thanks to their rich bioactive compounds. You probably just don't know about it, quite simply because it's not as media-famous as beauty products containing aloe or hyaluronic acid.
But algae extract should be talked about - a LOT more!
From its anti-aging benefits to pore-minimizing effects, algae active ingredients can treat a number of skin complaints. And another one of those just happens to be eye puffiness.
Yep, it's the beauty world's best kept secret. And now, we're officially letting you in on it!
Algae extract is formed from the main species of algae: red algae, blue-green algae, brown algae, green algae, spirulina, kelp, microalgae, and laminaria.
Being the powerful antioxidant that it is, algae protects your skin from free radicals that contribute to fine lines and wrinkles. It is also rich in essential amino acids, proteins, and vitamins A, B, C, and E. We told you it was good!
"Algae has demonstrated anti-aging properties by inhibiting enzymes that break down collagen in the skin," explains Dr. Jennifer Vickers, a board certified dermatologist with Sanova Dermatology. "Some algae can also reduce the break down of hyaluronic acid within the skin, thus improving hydration and suppleness."
In addition to preventing and treating skin aging, algae extract also soothes dry skin, clears pores, and eases chronic skin conditions like eczema. Certain species of algae even serve as a sunscreen.
"Gelidiella algae is unique in the fact that it's an amazing natural UV-blocker that protects any further damage to the skin," says Andrew Glass, the founder of Non Gender Specific skincare.
As you can see, there are many benefits to using beauty products that contain algae extract. But we're here to focus on the main topic: algae's ability to depuff under eyes.
One of algae's best assets is its anti-inflammatory properties.
Seeing as inflammation is at the root of almost every skin concern, this quality makes algae extract a highly attractive skincare ingredient. From acne to redness to under eye puffiness, algae's anti-inflammatory action makes it a leading player in the beauty world. And the best part is, you really don't have to worry which type of algae you choose.
Sea kelp extract is one of our favorite ingredients for banishing under eye puffiness. This mineral and antioxidant rich algae form is known to soften the skin, reduce inflammation, and remove toxins. What's more, experts say it offers moisturizing properties and retains moisture to keep the skin hydrated for longer. It's also high in antioxidants to shield the skin from external aggressors like the sun and daily pollution.
In addition to eye serums and creams, you'll also find algae in cleansers, toners, exfoliants, moisturizers, face masks, and hair care products.
Truly's Eye Candy Anti-Puff Eye Cream
Spent the night binging on that new Netflix series? Enjoyed a few too many drinks with the girls? Whatever the reason for your stubborn dark puffy bags, you can solve the issue with a tub of Truly's Eye Candy Anti Puff Cream.
Made with a nourishing blend of hyaluronic acid to retain moisture in the skin, and sea kelp to fade dark circles and puffiness, this formula is your go-to whenever your peepers need to be revived.
Thanks to its humectant properties, this eye cream moisturizes the skin much in the same way as a lotion would. Only it's much more lightweight and specifically targeted for depuffing your peepers.
Maybe you naturally have puffy eyes (darn genetics!), or perhaps you're not sleeping as well as you should be. Either way, besides our anti-puff cream, there are a few other tricks for bringing down the puffiness. Here are a few of them for you to try out:
Puffy eyes are usually nothing to be concerned about. It could be that you're not sleeping enough, over-drinking, or simply suffering from seasonal allergies. Still, if you're noticing chronically swollen eyes, it's worth getting it checked out by your doctor. In some cases, puffy eyes may be linked to thyroid irregularities.
Apart from that, eye puffiness is totally normal, and it happens to all of us. Fortunately, there are many skincare ingredients and products that can lend a helping hand.
Algae extract is one of them! Packed with nutrients and vitamins, this skincare ingredient is an excellent de-puffing remedy proven to awaken and revive tired eyes.