What is Seaweed?
In skincare products, seaweeds like algae and kelp add surprising benefits with key nutrients and minerals that can help your skin look and feel amazing. Seaweed is a type of plant that grows in the ocean and is used for all kinds of unique and innovative purposes, from cooking to fertilizing crops and beyond. Seaweed’s unique chemical makeup makes it useful for certain facial and body skincare needs.
What’s in Seaweed?
Like any other plant growing on land, seaweed growth requires a wide array of chemicals to transport energy throughout the plant and keep it protected from environmental toxins. A few of the key active ingredients derived from seaweed include:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B12 (Niacin)
Other important components of seaweed when used on the skin include polysaccharides that can attract up to 1,000 times their weight in water molecules. You can see this in action if you take dry seaweed and drop it in warm water; you’ll see that it swells to a much greater size than it had when dried.
Benefits of Seaweed For Your Skin
When used as a toner, serum, or moisturizing cream, seaweed provides a natural source of many key benefits, including the following.
Seaweed is a famous hydrating ingredient in skincare products. As a powerful humectant, seaweed draws moisture to skin cells, with potent polysaccharides absorbing water and bringing it to the skin. This provides long-lasting hydration for moisturized-looking skin.
In addition to hydrating, seaweed can help plump the look of your skin, with the water molecules quenching “thirsty” skin cells that may be dehydrated. This helps create a smooth, soft complexion that truly bounces back when you touch it.
Along with daily hydrating benefits, seaweed skincare products can help reduce the appearance of fine lines caused by a loss of skin elasticity. By drawing much-needed moisture to the skin, seaweed’s active ingredients create a smoother appearance and provide skin with the nutrients it needs to repair damaged cells and turn over new, healthy, radiant skin.
In nature, seaweed has adapted to contain mechanisms that get rid of toxic chemicals it may encounter in the wild. This property is passed on to you through our high-quality seaweed-infused products, which have seaweed’s chemical detoxifiers and protectors to ensure your face is refreshed after a day out and about.
The vitamins and minerals found in seaweed are known to help skin defend itself against free radicals and sun damage, including Vitamins A and B12. Free radicals are unavoidable atoms that damage skin cells by disrupting their DNA. Over time, this leads to premature signs of aging such as wrinkles and skin laxity, combined with UV damage from the sun that’s known to, among other things, lead to pigmentation and skin cancer.
Research shows that certain elements in algae and seaweed can stimulate the production of collagen and elastin: two potent skin-tightening proteins that become less prevalent as time goes on. In addition to being rich in collagen itself, seaweed may support your skin with long-term use by naturally telling your skin to increase how much collagen it makes. This leads to a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, enhancement in overall facial volume, and the potential to regenerate new cells more quickly for a consistently radiant look.
Seaweed Skincare Products by Epicuren Discovery
There’s no time like the present to start experiencing the awesome benefits that seaweed can give you when incorporated in products like our Instantlift Tightening Serum. Whether you use it every day in your anti-aging skincare routine or just treat yourself with a Green Tea and Seaweed Soothing Mask, you can harness the power of the sea with Epicuren Discovery’s professional-grade formulas, packed with proven essential oils and other natural ingredients. Browse our catalog or take our Skin Quiz today to find out which products can perfectly fit into your skincare regimen.