One of the oldest life forms on earth continues to play a role in wellness. We’re talking about the blue-green algae known as Spirulina. The Aztecs used spirulina to treat various diseases, and legends say that the kingdom’s messengers used the algae to sustain their marathon runs. 
Spirulina derives its name from the words ‘spiral’ and ‘helix’ due to its spring-like physical features. Unlike other plants, Spirulina can only grow in fresh or saltwater. It originally grew in the wild but today is produced in large spirulina farms. 
Today Spirulina is considered a superfood with a high level of nutrients. The main active ingredient of Spirulina is phycocyanin, which gives the algae it’s blue-green color. Phycocyanin is a natural antioxidant, which helps in the elimination of free radicals.
Spirulina also contains many important amino acids, including glycine and proline, which keep the skin firm and support the body’s collagen production. Phycocyanin also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, which may help certain skin conditions like acne and eczema, though more research needs to be conducted. 
Pretty Feet Treatment
Revive clients’ tired feet with this botanically rich treatment that includes Spirulina in one of the key ingredients, BIOTONE’s Marine Therapy Pedi Balm. Feet will be polished to a smooth finish and wrapped in a deep hydrating, mineral rich rose mud from the Provence region of France. A rejuvenating foot balm is applied to seal in moisture and leave a powdery soft finish.
- Marine Therapy Pedi-Scrub 1 tbsp (1/2 oz)
- European Rose Mud 2 tbsp (1 oz)
- Marine Therapy Pedi-Balm 1 tbsp (1/2 oz)
- 3 Rubber Spa Bowls
- 4 hot, moist hand towels
- Plastic wrap
- Warm product prior to application
- Smooth Marine Therapy Pedi-Scrub over the entire right foot. Apply in small circular movements - paying special attention to rough/callused areas. Repeat on the left foot.
- Remove the Marine Therapy Pedi-Scrub with a hot, moist towel.
- Apply the European Rose Body Mud to the entire right foot using small circular movements, repeat on left foot.
- Cover both feet with plastic wrap and a bath sheet. Leave on for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove European Rose Mud with a hot, moist towel.
- Complete the treatment with a quick foot/lower leg massage using Marine Therapy Pedi-Balm.
 WebMD Editorial Contributors, “Spirulina: Are There Health Benefits,” October 6, 2020. https://www.webmd.com/diet/spirulina-health-benefits
 Mankodi, Marmik, “How Spirulina Benefits the Skin,” Man Matters, November 23, 2020. https://manmatters.com/blog/how-spirulina-benefits-the-skin/
 Quinn, Daley, “Spirulina Benefits for Skin: Superfood or Super Skin Care,” healthline, February 22, 2021. https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/spirulina-benefits-skin