Algae is the New Black

by | 25 May 2018

Sydney’s Vivid kicks off tonight with its first living exhibit, featuring the unlikely water plant, algae. The exhibit’s aim is to shine a light on algae’s benefits & sustainability uses. University of Technology Sydney’s professor of marine biology, Peter Ralph told ABC News “We want to explore why algae hasn’t been used for more products in more industries.”

One industry that embraced the benefits of this micro-organism is the skincare industry. In particular, we at dermaviduals have incorporated algae into three of our products, including Laminaria Digitata Liposome Serum and two of our in-clinic facial masks, our Base Modelage Mask and our Alga Mask.

So with the Algae is the New Black exhibit ready to discuss the future of this plant in pharmaceuticals, fuel, and even fashion industries, we thought we’d share why we already love this ingredient.


Our famous Alga Mask contains alga spirulina maxima, which boasts many benefits for the skin. Benefits include a high concentration of chlorophyll, which in itself contains a vast array of skin nutrients, proteins and large concentrations of vitamins and minerals, including B Complex and vital amino acids. Algae is also high in gamma linolenic acid (essential fatty acids). This mask is great for:

  • All skin types, especially blemished skin
  • Hydration
  • Cooling & soothing
  • Skin regeneration & healing
  • Skin elasticity
  • Smoothing


Our Base Modelage Mask is a mineral facial treatment mask containing algin. Algin (alginic acid) is derived from brown algae. Algin and its calcium salt (calcium alginate) are similar to hyaluronic acid, in that it can absorb water more than several hundred times its weight. This mask will help to:

  • Increase skin’s hydration for all skin types
  •  Absorb excess oil
  • Smooth skin
  • Increase skin’s elasticity
  • Tighten


Our Laminaria Digitata Liposome Serum contains oar kelp (laminaria digitata), which belongs to the family of brown algae, found frequently along the European Atlantic Coast. Oar kelp contains different types of sugars, proteins, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. This serum is great for:

  • Acneic & blemished skins
  • Lipid-dry & dehydrated skins
  • Its astringent, anti-microbial & antioxidant properties
  • Hydration
  • Supporting the skin barrier


We’re fascinated to see how the humble algae may be introduced into more industries in the near future.

If you’re interested this under-the-sea ingredient into your skincare regime, you can find your closest dermaviduals clinic here.



Algae is the New Black by Vivid Sydney

Algae lights up Vivid image by Nicole Chettle (ABC News)

Vivid algae lights the way in Sydney, as festival kicks off a new way of thinking by Nicole Chettle (ABC News)