You may know chlorophyll as the green pigment that plants use to absorb energy from light. It’s found in all green vegetables, from spinach and kale to lettuce and algae. When consumed, chlorophyll works to increase the number of red blood cells in the body which means better oxygenation to the organs and tissues and more energy for you. Recently, the many skincare benefits of chlorophyll have led to it becoming an increasingly popular ingredient in the beauty industry. The likes of Reese Witherspoon have backed the compound in supplement form, but chlorophyll is also very useful to your skin when applied topically.
Chlorophyll works as an antibacterial as well as an anti-inflammatory which makes it great in combating acne and the breakouts that come with menopause. It is also an excellent source of vitamins C, A, E, and K which offer antioxidant benefits including helping to reduce free radical damage and protect against environmental aggressors. The vitamins also work to replenish the skin and increase collagen production, keeping your complexion firm, healthy, and looking younger.
Chlorophyll is suitable for all skin types including sensitive, just remember to use an SPF as chlorophyll may make the skin more reactive to sunlight.
Here are our favourite chlorophyll skincare products.
Joanna Vargas Daily Serum, £70
Inspired by her love of green juice, Joanna Vargas’ Daily Serum contains chlorophyll to help oxygenate and hydrate the skin for a glowing, more youthful complexion. The formula, which is so popular it reportedly sells every 11 minutes, is also blended with galactoarabinan to help support cell turnover to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. Meanwhile, hyaluronic acid helps bind moisture to the skin to keep it hydrated and looking fresh.
Perricone MD Chlorophyll Detox Mask, £59
This deeply cleansing Chlorophyll Detox Mask from Perricone MD is designed to visibly minimise the appearance of lines, wrinkles and pores. A gel-to-clay mask, it contains chlorophyll-enriched microcapsules which burst upon application and transform to a darker shade as you massage it into the skin. Copper complex in the formula helps to improve firmness and elasticity while a papaya enzyme visibly smooths and brightens for skin that is smooth and clear.
Cocokind Chlorophyll Mask, $19
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, the chlorophyll in this mask by Cocokind works to calm and soothe skin, reduce redness, and help send spots on their way. Containing spirulina, wheatgrass and chlorella, it comes as a powder which you then mix with water or anything else you might wish to use – the brand suggests rosewater, yogurt, honey or avocado as options. Leave on for 20 minutes for calmer, brighten skin.