Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae Extract (AFA), known as Blue-Green Algae, is a nature-derived ingredient with an unparalleled nutrient profile that delivers an impressive roster of benefits to your skin. 

Sustainably sourced in the Pacific Northwest, our algae is carefully harvested from a unique fresh-water environment 4,100ft above sea level, considered to be one of the most nutrient-rich on the planet due to its mountain fed lakes and mineral-rich volcanic soil.

This single ingredient perfectly embodies our desire to achieve powerful skin benefits and responsible sourcing, which is why it’s become the base for each and every JunkTheory formula.  

Nourishment + Protection:

The abundance of vitamins, such as B complex vitamins, vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene, nourish the skin from within, promoting a vibrant and youthful appearance. These vitamins also act as powerful antioxidants, protecting the skin from environmental stressors and combating free radicals that can lead to premature aging.


Additionally, Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae Extract is a rich source of  essential minerals, including magnesium, calcium, zinc, and iron. These minerals play a vital role in maintaining the skin's barrier function, promoting optimal hydration levels, and supporting overall skin health.


One of the key benefits of Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae Extract lies in its ability to provide deep and lasting hydration. With its unique molecular structure, this ingredient penetrates the skin's layers, delivering moisture where it's needed most.

By enhancing the skin's hydration levels, Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae Extract helps plump and firm the skin, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also aids in improving skin elasticity, giving you a more youthful and radiant complexion.

Sustainability and Organic Certification:

A combination of mineral-rich volcanic soil, pure water run-off, clean air, sunlight and the slightly alkaline pH of the fresh water creates a unique sustainable ecosystem for the perennial native strain of blue-green algae.

The AFA used in our products has been certified organic by Oregon Tilth (http://tilth.org/).