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Spirulina for Skin Care: A Bright Blue Future

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Cosmetics 2021, 8(1), 7; https://doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics8010007
Received: 20 October 2020 / Revised: 9 December 2020 / Accepted: 14 December 2020 / Published: 14 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers in Cosmetics in 2020)
Spirulina stands out as a sustainable bioactive microalga with health-promoting properties, and an important active ingredient of natural cosmetics products. Currently, Spirulina has been incorporated in topical skin-care formulations, such as a moisturizing, antiwrinkles, antiaging and antiacne agent. Furthermore, this microalga is used by cosmetic formulators to promote healthy sunscreen protection, to treat skin pigmentation disorders and to heal wounds. Most of commercial cosmetics claim a large range of Spirulina properties, including antioxidant, revitalizing, remineralizing, moisturizing, protecting alongside cleansing and shining action, both for hair and for skin. In this review, recent cosmetic applications of Spirulina are revised, by highlighting its ability in improving skin appearance and health. Additionally, the analysis of the Spirulina cosmetic benchmark is discussed. Looking at the current emergence of the beauty industry, many Spirulina extracts and dry powder/flakes, both the starting ingredient and final Spirulina-based cosmetic products, are available on the market. In this industrial field, Spirulina—mainly Spirulina platensis and Spirulina maxima—is used either as a powder, like in the case of cheaper products, or as a phycocyanin-rich blue extract, particularly in the luxury market. It is likely that, in the coming years, diversity, quality and topical applications of Spirulina will rapidly increase. View Full-Text
Keywords: Spirulina; microalga; cyanobacteria; natural cosmetics; skin care; skin health Spirulina; microalga; cyanobacteria; natural cosmetics; skin care; skin health
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Ragusa, I.; Nardone, G.N.; Zanatta, S.; Bertin, W.; Amadio, E. Spirulina for Skin Care: A Bright Blue Future. Cosmetics 2021, 8, 7. https://doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics8010007

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Ragusa I, Nardone GN, Zanatta S, Bertin W, Amadio E. Spirulina for Skin Care: A Bright Blue Future. Cosmetics. 2021; 8(1):7. https://doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics8010007

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Ragusa, Irene, Giulia N. Nardone, Samuele Zanatta, Walter Bertin, and Emanuele Amadio. 2021. "Spirulina for Skin Care: A Bright Blue Future" Cosmetics 8, no. 1: 7. https://doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics8010007

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