What says summer more than salt water in your hair, sand in your toes, and algae on your skin? Okay, that last one may sound weird. But truly, there are serious benefits of seaweed in skincare.
It doesn’t get much greener than seaweed. Dulse, nori, green, brown, and red algae, kelp. If these are not making an appearance in your pantry, there is another way to reap their many benefits.
Seaweed or sea algae are commonly spotted on skincare product ingredient listings these days. The green super-ingredients may have gotten their skincare start in Crème de la Mer, cult beauty staple amongst celebrities and anyone else willing to shell out the $310 per 2 ounces, but there are healthier product options for a seaweed fix; ones that don’t also contain a hefty selection of silicones and other harmful ingredients.
Why the sudden influx of algae and seaweed in skincare? The amazing benefits they offer skin. Seaweed is one of the richest sources of natural minerals, has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities, hydrates and detoxifies the skin, and contains amino acids which help firm skin tissue. Something for every skin type.
Get in on the benefits of seaweed with these all natural skincare products.
Undo sun damage, heal acne scars, and treat melasma with this light serum. Japanese wakame seaweed is used to help lighten spots and protect against further damage. Perfect for oily, acne, dry, mature, and combination skin types.
Green algae is added to this skin firmer. Moisturizes, smooths lines and wrinkles, and improves elasticity. Great for dry and mature skin types.
Protect against premature aging with this anti-aging serum. Alaria esculenta is used for its moisturizing and skin toning abilities. You know that kale you grow to throw in your salad? Seakale makes an appearance here to soothe the skin. Use at night.
Chock full of powerful antioxidants, including algae extract and laminaria digitate seaweed, this serum detoxes and revitalizes dry, stressed skin. Gives instant radiance and protects skin over time. Best for dry, mature, and sensitive skin.
Detox and remineralize your body with this skin stimulating bath potion. Brown seaweed and spirulina promote lymphatic stimulation and pull toxins from the skin. Give stressed or tired skin a soak.
Definitely one to add to your beach bag. This blend balances skin’s pH levels and refines pores. North Atlantic kelp and blue green algae remineralize and protect the skin. Suited to all skin types.
Exfoliate, revitalize, and balance skin with this divinely scented body scrub. Skin is firmed and softened with algae extract. A treat for mind and body.
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