Many useful products come from the depths of the water, and the positive effects of a seaweed on the skin have been proven by numerous studies conducted both in laboratories and with consumers. Seaweed (algae found in natural water bodies – rivers, lakes, oceans) is rich in useful vitamins, minerals, amino acids and proteins. As there are more than 50 thousand known species of seaweed found in the oceans, we will name only a few species of seaweed suitable for facial care and their effects (Sources: BYRDIE, WELL+GOOD):
Corallina officinalis is a red seaweed with detoxifying properties. Corallina officinalis, which forms calcium carbonate, effectively but gently rejuvenates the skin – removing dead, already torn skin cells from the skin’s surface. So this plant is perfect for use in scrubs and detergents.
Laminaria digitata – seaweed, which boasts an abundance of substances beneficial to the skin. These algae are a natural source of 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids and 42 trace elements. It is also one of the most abundant sources of antioxidants (such as vitamin C) and beneficial amino acids (such as glycine), and these substances stimulate collagen production. So in the long run it has an anti-wrinkle effect, and the face itself looks younger, fresher.
Asparagopsis armata is another great source of antioxidants, which also has an antibacterial, antifungal effect, making it suitable for fighting acne. This red algae is rich in nutrients (polysaccharides, proteins, lipids, etc.) that are easily absorbed into the skin, effectively moisturizing. The plant also has the potential to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the environment, and the amino acids they contain provide the skin with a protective effect from the sun’s rays. And here the vitamin C in asparagopsis armata acts as a whitening agent, smoothing the skin tone.
Chondrus cripsus is a brownish-red seaweed, also known as natural silicone. It contains mineral salts, amino acids and vitamins, which are quickly absorbed by the skin and positively affect its appearance. In addition, this seaweed (and its extract used in cosmetics) has a huge potential to combat aging processes, inflammation and protect from external factors, as it has antioxidants that fight free radicals. In addition, chondrus crispus, when applied to the skin, forms a protective (non-clogging) film that protects against dehydration. This makes this algae ideal for holders of dry, rough, sensitive, mature or oily skin.
Source: Mediterranean Spirit.
Bladder wrack (bladder wrack, fucus vesiculosus) is a seaweed best known for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties for the body, and its benefits also include effects on our skin. Because of its abundance of vitamins, it brightens, resuscitates the skin, equalizes its tone, moisturizes. Externally, this plant is also used to treat cellulite. Blistering can also help treat burns or insect bites, eliminate skin dryness or itching, redness, and control rashes.