Seaweed, or marine algae is beneficial in skincare due to its rich nutrient profile that contributes to skin health. Seaweed is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants.
These nutrients can nourish the skin, providing essential elements for its health.
Hydration: Seaweed has natural humectant properties (can attract and retain water) which helps to hydrate the skin, promoting a plump and moisturized complexion.
Antioxidant Protection: Seaweed contains various antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, and polyphenols. These antioxidants help protect the skin from free radicals, which can contribute to premature ageing.
Anti-Inflammatory: Compounds in seaweed, such as fucoidan and laminarin, have anti-inflammatory properties to soothe and calm irritated or inflamed skin.
Detoxification: Seaweed can help to draw out impurities and toxins from the skin, creating a clearer complexion, this is why seaweed is often in masks and cleansers.
Skin Elasticity: The minerals in seaweed, including calcium, magnesium, and zinc, improve your skin’s elasticity. Improved elasticity means firmer, more supple skin.
Exfoliation: Some types of seaweed contain natural exfoliating properties, these help to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores and promote smoother skin texture.
Wound Healing: Alginate in seaweed has been studied and found to have wound-healing properties. Seaweed extracts also aid in the regeneration of skin tissue.
UV Protection: Some research suggests that certain compounds in seaweed may offer protection against UV radiation, although not a substitute for sunscreen.