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Algae Extract: Why This Strange Ingredient is Good for Scalp Health

Written by Ross Goodhart
Algae Extract: Why This Strange Ingredient is Good for Scalp Health

Algae extract may sound well, slimy and gross, but it’s becoming an increasingly popular ingredient in scalp and hair care products as this natural ingredient can be extremely beneficial to the health of your scalp. Algae extract can be cleansing and nourishing, and helps to keep your scalp healthy for the long term. While algae extract is most commonly associated with skin treatments, don't knock its positive effects in haircare.

What is Dandruff?

Before we get into how algae extract can positively affect your scalp health, let's start off with learning more about dandruff. 

Dandruff is the flaking that results from irritation of the scalp. It is an extremely common condition and can pop up if you have a dry scalp, oily scalp, or if you face an underlying condition. Some common ailments that can contribute to a flaky scalp or an itchy scalp include psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis, as well as a handful of lifestyle factors like climate and your diet. 

Scientists have pinned down their suspicions on the underlying cause of dandruff to a fungus Malassezia, which feeds on the oils that our bodies naturally produce. So if you notice that you have oily hair but are getting dandruff, that might be the culprit. If you notice flakes on your scalp, in your hair, or falling on your shoulders, you are likely experiencing dandruff. 

Luckily, dandruff is easy to manage with the help of specially formulated scalp and hair care products and cleansers which use the active ingredient Zinc Pyrithione. Paired with natural ingredients like algae extract, you can maintain a healthy and nourished scalp. Below, we’ll explore why algae extract is a stellar scalp care ingredient, and why it's important to have in an anti-dandruff shampoo or moisturizing conditioner. 

Get Your Scalp Feeling Fresh and Clean

Algae extract serves as a perfect clarifier for your hair, no matter your hair type. Naturally, your hair feels oily over time, especially if it isn’t washed every day. And, if you are someone who uses styling products often, you may notice product buildup which can clog the pores on your scalp and leave your hair feeling oily. Algae extract can be helpful in removing any residue and excess oil, leaving your hair feeling fresh and hydrated. Pair that with a routine to exfoliate your scalp, and you’re on the right track. 

Nourish Your Hair and Prevent Future Hair Loss

Algae extract contains several types of nutrients beneficial for the overall health of your hair. Some key nutrients include calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, B1, B6, B2, C and niacin. Algae extract in hair care products can act as a topical supplement for your hair to ensure it gets all the nutrients it needs. 

Many beauty products use algae as an anti-irritant. It’s helpful when included in dandruff shampoos to help calm an inflamed or irritated scalp. The antioxidants found in algae extract can also do wonders for the skin on your scalp. Having a healthier scalp can lead to benefits like hair growth, decreased flaking, more shine and volume for your hair, and reduced inflammation. 

Algae extract can be cleansing and nourishing, and helps to keep your scalp healthy for the long term.

Add Shine and Hydration so You Look Your Best

Algae extract also has the potential to reduce the breakdown of acid within the skin, which in turn improves suppleness and hydration. Hydrating the scalp is beneficial to both your skin and hair, and may promote hair growth and healthier looking hair.  

How to Make the Most Out of Algae Extract for Scalp Care

When shampooing your hair, algae extract can also naturally help to cleanse, nourish, and hydrate your scalp and hair. So should you rush to buy natural products that are loaded with algae extract to solve all of your dandruff problems while you lather it on your scalp? 

Not so fast. While it can be a helpful ingredient to improving your scalp’s overall health, algae extract alone isn’t enough to get rid of your dandruff. It’s important to find a dandruff shampoo that also includes the FDA-listed active ingredient Zinc Pyrithione which is a safe and effective way to treat dandruff.

Try a Dandruff and Scalp Care With Natural and Active Ingredients

We know that natural ingredients in hair care products can do wonders for the overall health of our scalps and hair, and we weren’t always getting that in basic drugstore shampoos. That’s why we’ve created Jupiter, a specially formulated line of dermatologist-tested products for dandruff and scalp care. Our products capitalize on groundbreaking research to ensure a flake-free scalp and fight against hair breakage. And of course, a healthy scalp means beautiful, moisturized, and nourished hair. 

We use the active ingredient Zinc Pyrithione in our Balancing Shampoo and Restoring Serum to effectively treat dandruff. Alongside Zinc Pyrithione, we use a host of natural ingredients, including algae extract and salicylic acid, in our formulas to nourish and hydrate your scalp and hair, and moisturizing ingredients like coconut oil and aloe very to moisturize your scalp. We stay away from damaging ingredients which is why our products are paraben-free, phthalate-free, and sulfate-free.

To keep the flakes on your head and shoulders at bay, remember that consistency is key. That’s why we offer a subscription service to make it easy for you to keep up your routine and remain flake-free, or you can find us on Amazon. Check it out here. 

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The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, nor is it a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have about the information contained herein, as well as the risks or benefits of any treatment.