Blue-green algae are actually microscopic organisms called “cyanobacteria” that are naturally present at low numbers in many bodies of water. When they get a lot of sunshine in water that is undisturbed and full of phosphorus or nitrogen, they can form blooms that produce floating “rafts” on the surface, which usually occurs between mid-June and late September.
This is an old plant that has been around for billions of years, with fossils found in Australia dated 3.5 billion years old. It's used as a source of dietary protein, B-vitamins, beta-carotene and iron, as well as biologically active enzymes, cholorphyll, fatty acids, and neuropeptides. It's also a good source of arginine, known to build muscle tone, and contains all eight essential amino acids, as well as some copper, magnesium, zinc, and potassium.
Though we typically think of algae as green, it can also be reddish-purple or brown, as several different species of the algae exist. Two of the most common include the “spirulina” species cultured in alkaline fresh water, and “AFA” species naturally grown and harvested in the Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon.
The blue-green algae for Annmarie Skin Care products comes from Klamath Lake. Annmarie and her husband Kevin spent a few days at the lake and they felt it was a magical place. The views of two nearby volcanoes are breathtaking, and the historic activity of those volcanoes is one of the reasons why the algae is so nutritious.
So far, there are only a few human studies to prove the health benefits of blue-green algae. Promoters claim it helps with conditions like allergies, depression, digestive problems, a lax immune system, and anemia, and promotes detoxification.
Because blue-green algae is high in proteins and fatty acids, it helps to lift and tone your look. Second, the fatty acids work down deep to help firm and tighten your appearance.
Protein is made of amino acids, and amino acids are responsible for making your skin look revived and rejuvenated.
As it is water-based by nature, blue-green algae provides moisturization and purifying hydration, helping to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Research has also found that blue-green algae has properties that make it great for sensitive skin. Finally, because it's so compatible with the skin's natural properties, it's easily absorbed so the skin can make good use of it. This is why Blue Algae is a real buzz-word for 2019.
If you want to try out blue-green algae for yourself, try Annmarie's Purifying Mud Mask. Lay back and relax for about 15 minutes and let the ingredients go to work for you. We bet you notice an immediate difference in the appearance of your skin!
It is a little messy... put some of the powder in your palm and mix to a paste with a little water, apply to the face and let it dry. Then wash off
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Prickly Pear Seed Oil...straight from Morocco!
But what does it do?...
If you are like us, when you hear Prickly Pear, you might start singing Bear Necessities from the Jungle Book... but in all seriousness you will be amazed at what this oil can do and does do for your skin and hair.
Psst... by the way.. we were really fascinated to discover that this is Nigella Lawson's skin secret...so quite literally, the proof is in the pudding!!
As well as using on her face, she uses on her hands and has reduced that "wrinkled-chiffon look", plus on the ends of her hair, dry elbows and cuticles.