I love seaweed in skincare because of its water-bolstering properties – and everyone knows how much I adore properly hydrated skin. When our skin is full of moisture, it has better defenses against bacteria, inflammation, infection and the appearance of fine lines (shiver). Darlin’ its better when your skin’s wetter, take it from me! Sea algae is super hydrating. Because our blood plasma is similar to sea water, this makes seaweed a natural retainer of moisture.
My personal fav seaweed is Spirulina. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is packed with high amounts of vitamins e, b12 and beta carotene. It also contains anti-oxidants superoxide dismutase and vitamin e (so good I’m mentioning it twice…wink!) and over 90 trace minerals as well as an impressive 58 times more iron than spinach! Spirulina has both omega 3 and 6, giving it another reason it is so excellent for guarding against dehydration.
But beyond Spirulina, there are also some very awesome brightening Seaweeds. Sea Oak extract works to eliminate free radicals caused by UV exposure and helps to regulate melanin. It treats hyper-pigmentation by inhibiting the enzyme that triggers melanin production. Sea Oak is also known to prevent inflammation and reduce elastin and collagen decline.
Kelp also brightens and evens out skin tone as it decreases melanin production and the number of overall melanocytes. Along with treating pigmentation, this seaweed is excellent for anti-aging as it contains essential fatty acid DHA and polyphenols, which have been found to treat skin damage and signs of aging.
So, if you’re looking for that healthy skin glow, try looking to under the sea treasures to treat your complexion.