When you hear the word chlorophyll you may immediately think of high school biology lessons learning about plants. But have you ever thought of chlorophyll in terms of being good for your skin? If not, you'll be in for a surprise to hear how many perks the green pigments found in algae and plants has when it comes to making you look your best.
Skin expert and beauty therapist Esther Cooney works for website The Bard's Mistress, which offers plenty of organic skincare products packed full of chlorophyll. She has looked at the benefits of the green stuff in detail and praises its ability to boost skin cell metabolism thanks to its high levels of antioxidants.
When it comes to your beauty routine Esther has shared some tips on why people should reach for options with chlorophyll, citing its anti-ageing benefits as one of the biggest draws.
"Skincare that contains chlorophyll is far more potent and delivers more results than products without," she explained to Cover Media. "Other skincare can be non-damaging and kind to the skin, but skincare containing chlorophyll actually gives much deeper results and regenerates the skin at a cellular level. It encourages skin cell metabolism, and the results can be seen immediately on the surface as fine lines disappear and skin becomes brighter."
However, she urges those who suffer from the skin condition Rosacea not to jump straight into using chlorophyll products. While it may help with dry skin, those who have severe symptoms, like burning and stinging sensations, might find creams and other products with chlorophyll are too active.
Skincare brand Alorée has carried out extensive research into the anti-ageing power of chlorophyll and has been able to extract it from plants in the form of C.H.C serum (Chlorophyllin Hordeum Complex). Alorée's Moisturizing Fluid or Purifying Cleansing Milk are two of our favourites.
Likewise, Time Bomb's Complexion Cocktail with a shot of chlorophyll is a good option to detox your skin if you're suffering with clogged pores or breakouts and it aims to moisturise as well as provide anti-aging effects. It's full of the good stuff to destroy toxins along with ingredients such as Red Clover to protect against sun damage and pollution.
Chlorophyll levels are especially high in chlorella, a single-celled fresh water algae seen as a strong source of protein. Author and health coach Gloria Halim, who pens blog Rock On Divas, has looked into the health benefits of the green stuff through pill form and concludes it can be beneficial for your overall health, not just great for your skin.
This is thanks to its ability to increase levels of vitamin A and C in your body, as well as boosting glutathione, which protects your cells. You can get it in the form of powder too, which you could add to smoothies or soups.