Seaweed In Skin Care Products
What do you think of when you think of seaweed? I think of plant life that has washed ashore and is not so sweet smelling but did you know that seaweed contains natural anti-aging properties. Seaweed in skin care products can help improve the suppleness and elasticity of skin.
Do you like going to the beach and soaking in the sea water. Do you ever wonder why your skin feels softer and small cuts and abrasions seem to heal faster after spending a day at the beach? People have soaked in sea water for thousands of years. Actually, the term “Thalassotherapy” stems from the Greek word for sea, thalassos. It refers to the usage of sea water for therapeutic purposes based on the belief that immersion in sea water revitalizes, heals, and cleanses the system.
Seaweed grows in the ocean and is rich in antioxidants, fiber, and Omega-3 fatty acids. It also has a fair amount of iodine.
There are many different types of seaweeds which are broken down into categories by color.
- Brown: Bown seaweed is found in the upper middle section of the ocean and provides essential fatty acids needed for maintaining skin barrier. Most people have heard of kelp, which is also another term for brown algae. Brown algae is the most commonly used type of algae in skincare products, it grows in colder waters and is mostly harvested in the Northern Hemisphere. Brown seaweed is rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. This type of seaweed is hydrating and nourishing, it also has a large level of antioxidants.
- Red: This type of seaweed is found in the deepest part of the ocean. Red seaweed can help with hydration, nourishment, UV protection and add antioxidants to the skin. It can also help repair damaged skin. One type of red algae also commonly referred to in skin care as rhodophyta seaweed, contains high quantities of sulfated polysaccharides (carrageenan), peptides, carotenoids, and fatty acids. Together these components may contribute towards red algae’s antioxidant property.
- Blue/Green: This type of seaweed adds hydration to the skin. some species have been shown to increase collagen production. Blue/Green seaweed is also nourishing and can help protect the skin barrier.
As you can see, seaweed can stimulate the renewal of skin cells and tone while being naturally moisturising. It can also help with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles resulting in brighter, younger and fresher looking skin.
Look for seaweed in the ingredients of you skin care products. It can be used to thicken products and also has water drawing properties (emollient). You may see terms such as
Seaweed ingredients include
- Bladderwrack is a brown seaweed you can find in the Northern hemisphere. It has carotene, selenium, zinc, and vitamins A, C and E all of which can help maintain healthy skin.
- Oarweed is great for hydration and elasticity.
- Organic kelp powder is a type of brown algae that is a good source of iodine, calcium, iron, copper, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E. Among its many benefits, kelp powder helps to hydrate the body and restore the natural balance of PH levels.
- Carrageenan is also known as Irish Moss, is used in cosmetics as a natural thickening agent for various products from creams to conditioners.
Seaweed In Skin Care Products -antioxidant properties
Seaweed is a powerful anti-oxidant. Anti-oxidants can help prevent environmental damage such as age spots. Seaweed is rich in vitamin C which can help prevent additional sun damage.
Seaweed in skin care products- Hydrating
It has minerals and vitamins that are nourishing. Seaweed has been has been used for for conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis. It anti-inflammatory properties help sensitive and allergy prone skin.
Seaweed in skin care products -Anti-inflammatory
Seaweed is anti-inflammatory. It can help decrease redness seen with sensitive and acne prone skin. Since it’s rich in B vitamins, it can also help with skin conditions like rosacea.
Seaweed in skin care products-diminishing cellulite
Seaweed stimulates micro-circulation which can help with lymph drainage as a result, the appearance of cellulite is reduced. This would not be a permanent solution but it can help temporize the appearance of cellulite id used on a regular basis. If you are looking for other alternatives for cellulite treatment consider C.S.M. Body Brush for Wet or Dry Brushing – Gentle Exfoliating for Softer, Glowing Skin – Get Rid of Your Cellulite and Dry Skin, Improve Your Circulation – Gentle Massage Nodes and read this post on cellulite.
Serum with seaweed
The serum I use everyday contains seaweed in it. It also contains a few peptides and botanicals to help fight the aging process.
Seaweed in skin care -Exfoliation
Seaweed soaks can be used to help exfoliate the skin. I must admit I do not take the time to soak in a bath but we were on holiday recently and had a large bathtub with an assortment of bath soaks to choose from. I could not help myself!
If you are looking for a seaweed bath soak, this one has good reviews on Amazon Oh My Goodness Detox Bath Salts, Relaxing Seaweed Mineral Bath Soak Blend 14oz
Here are some DIY recipes made from seaweed.
Seaweed wrap recipe
This is a recipe you can try at home.
1/2 cup of seaweed powder
4 tablespoons of oil such as meadowfoam (or olive oil)
Warm water to adjust the consistency.
Mix ingredients and apply to the skin. Cover with saran wrap and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse in the shower.
You can also take large Nori sheet, moisten with warm water and apply to your skin for 20 minutes.
Source of seaweed products
Ideally, we would like our seaweed to be from unpolluted waters. Cold deep water seaweed has less of a chance of being polluted. In addition, seaweed processing can damage the nutrient level. Seaweed that is processed with a cold method retains more nutrients.
Caution for those with acne
If you have acne prone skin seaweed contains iodine and bromides which may worsen acne.
Seaweed as a snack
Lastly, I have to mention one of my favorite “salty snack”.
Amazon sells these snack packs. They are 30 calories each and are my go to when I am having a salt craving. Jayone Seaweed, Roasted and Lightly Salted, 24 Count, 0.17 Ounce . They contain 20% of your daily vitamin C requirements and only 50 grams of sodium (2% recommended salt intake).
What do you think of seaweed in skin care products? Would you use it?