How to Make a Firming, Brightening Spirulina Face Mask

If you are not familiar with spirulina, it is a blue-green algae that has been around since the beginning of time. Spirulina contains almost all known antioxidants — vitamins C, E, B1, B5 and B6, zinc, manganese, copper, and beta-carotene, and many others. These vitamins and minerals help fight free radicals, eliminate toxins from the skin, and increase the skin’s ability to regenerate new skin cells.

Raw honey is healing to the skin. It is antiseptic, antifungal, and antimicrobial. Honey also contains a high level of gluconic acid, which gently exfoliates the skin, brightening and evening out the skin tone. Best of all, it is Mother Nature’s humectant, retaining the skin’s natural moisture.

Evening primrose oil and spirulina both contain omega-6 gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a fatty acid that is helpful in soothing dry skin, psoriasis, and acne. Evening primrose oil nourishes the skin with anti-inflammatory properties and protects the integrity of the skin’s cells.

Frankincense and geranium essential oils have been added to this recipe for two reasons. They are both known to be beneficial to skin health, plus they mask the aroma of the spirulina (which to be honest, smells a little icky). Frankincense and geranium oils are both thought to reduce the appearance of fine lines and scarring. You may substitute other essential oils that are safe to use directly on the skin, such as lavender, if you prefer.

Be sure to do a 24-hour patch test on the underside of your arm before using this mask directly on your face.


Photography by: Kara Brook


–  1 tbsp raw honey
–  1 tbsp organic spirulina powder
–  1 capsule evening primrose oil
–  6 drops frankincense essential oil
–  4 drops geranium essential oil


Combine honey and spirulina in a small bowl. Pierce the evening primrose oil capsule with a fork tine and squeeze contents into the bowl. Add essential oils. Mix with fork until ingredients are the consistency of peanut butter. Spread on face with clean fingers or foundation brush. Leave on for 20 to 45 minutes. Wash with warm water and pat dry.

Your skin should feel smooth and clean, and you should see a healthy glow!