Beach glow is a rising skincare trend with the courtesy of our oceans. Oceans cover 70% of the earth surface. Oceans are so rich in life and diversity from the salt water and the sun, and that it is no surprise that seaweed has some powerful skin caring properties. Seaweed, the overarching name for all different species of marine algae, is having a major moment in the skincare world. Seaweed varieties like nori, wakame, and dulse, contain highly concentrated doses of nutrients like iodine, iron, calcium, potassium, antioxidants, and more and just like these properties have health benefits, they also impart their perks on skin when used topically. Curious to know more? Below, we are sharing some of the beauty benefits of seaweed for the skin.
Seaweed Contains Anti-inflammatory Benefits
Seaweed is an excellent anti-inflammatory ingredient and can help reduce inflammation caused by acne and rosacea. It has anti-inflammatory properties and contains natural minerals like magnesium and zinc, which have been known to help improve the appearance of redness in sensitive and hypersensitive skin. It also shields the skin from harsh environmental conditions by creating a protective barrier. Also, astaxanthin, an antioxidant derived from seaweed, has a protective effect on human cells against UVA radiation by reducing DNA damage.
Seaweed Promotes Collagen Production
Seaweed is rich in vitamin C. This compound promotes collagen production and elastin synthesis. Collagen and elastin are both proteins responsible for the structure of the skin. These proteins help boost the skin elasticity and promote a youthful appearance.
Seaweed Exfoliates Dead Skin Cells
Seaweed has the ability of exfoliating the skin and allowing the renewal of new, young cells. Corallina officinalis, a red seaweed that forms calcium carbonate, in particular, gently removes the dead, loose skin cells from the skin surface.
Seaweed Promotes Anti-aging
The skin loses its elasticity and youthful appearance with age naturally. Seaweed on the other hand, reduces the rate at which the skin loses its elasticity and develops wrinkles caused by free radicals. Free radicals are the unstable molecules that damage cells and contribute to aging skin via oxidative stress.
Seaweed Brightens the Skin
If you are struggling with hyperpigmentation or dull skin, you may want to consider incorporating a serum enriched with seaweed into your daily regimen. Seaweed has shown that it helps with dark spots by either affecting pigment production or by affecting how pigment is transported in the skin. Seaweed contains niacin, which is good for brightening and hyperpigmentation.
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