Ingredient Spotlight: Seas Your Skincare with Algae & Seaweed
Let’s talk seaweed.
Whether you love munching on this tasty treat at your favorite sushi restaurant, or you hate when it gets tangled on your feet at the beach—there’s a good chance your face is definitely a fan of the green or brown algae.
The mineral-rich marine plant has been popping up in skincare products more frequently lately, and with good reason.
Here’s why seaweed and algae are serious skin superfoods, and how to incorporate them into your own routine.
What’s the difference between seaweed and algae?
You may have seen beauty products list “marine algae” as an ingredient instead of seaweed and wondered if it’s the same thing as seaweed, so we’re here to clear it up.
Seaweed is essentially a group of algae, or a type of algae. Some key differences: seaweed only inhabits seawater and mostly inhabits shallow waters, whereas algae can live in fresh water and deep water as well.
There are basically two groups of algae: macroalgae (seaweed and kelp) and microalgae (single cell organisms).
Blue algae in particular has been very popular in the skincare world lately, you may also see it listed as blue-green algae, cyanobacteria, or spirulina.
Both seaweed and algae can work wonders on your skin, but we’re going to focus on seaweed for this blog post.
What’s so great about seaweed?
Move over kale, there’s a new superfood in town.
Seaweed is packed with magnesium, calcium, copper, iodine, iron, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc. Plus, vitamins A, B, C, D, & E.
A healthy dose of this nutrient-rich treat in your diet can deliver a boost to your immune system.
It can also lead to improved heart health and regulated hormones.
Fun fact: Records show that people in Japan have been eating seaweed since 800 AD, and people in China have been munching on the salty snack since 2700 BC.
The ancient Greeks and Romans actually used seaweed as medicine — and more recent research has found that some kelp helped promote anti-tumor activity in patients with Leukemia.
What can seaweed do for my skin?
Rich in antioxidants, amino acids, and soothing agents — seaweed and algae can reap serious benefits on your skin.
Seaweed is great at purifying blocked pores and detoxifying the skin because it can serve as a natural exfoliant.
This is why you may have seen seaweed — specifically the brown variety — used in a clay masking treatments at spas.
But unlike many clay mask ingredients, seaweed won’t leave you dry afterwards.
Because seaweed contains alginates — a type of acid that locks in moisture — it’s excellent at soothing and hydrating the skin as well.
These alginates leave skin nourished and soft — plus prevent it from drying out.
The results are firmer skin, the removal of toxins, and improved elasticity.
Alginates can also effectively treat acne, psoriasis, and eczema flare-ups.
Another skin condition seaweed can effectively treat? Rosacea.
Due to its high content of vitamin C and its anti-inflammatory properties, seaweed can help keep rosacea at bay.
If you’re struggling with acne, seaweed’s anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties fight blemishes for see-worthy skin.
The ingredient can also help protect your complexion from environmental aggressors — think pollution and UV rays — specifically those that contribute to premature signs of aging.
How should I incorporate seaweed into my skincare routine?
Chances are, after reading all about seaweed’s anti-aging, radiance-boosting, healing properties, you’re wondering how to work it into your skincare routine.
Here at Robin McGraw Revelation, we’re huge fans of these marine vegetables, and they’re the star ingredient in some of our newly launched products!
Due to the plant’s moisturizing and anti-aging properties, replacing your daily moisturizer with a seaweed-centric lotion is a great (and easy) place to start.
For a sea-breeze inspired spritz on-the-go, a seaweed-infused spray is an excellent way to keep your skin free of toxins and environmental aggressors — even when you can’t get to the bathroom sink.
Try our Hard Work = A Bonus Rose Spray Toner for a sweet and savory combo of ingredients that will tone, refresh, and protect your complexion.
For pore purification, our Peace Out! I’m Done...Micelle Multi-Complex Cleansing Toner takes seaweed, rose, and aloe vera extracts to provide a double-cleansing action. Spray it on a cotton pad and wipe your face post-cleansing to make sure all the dirt, grime, makeup, and pollution from the day says “peace out!”
You’ll be surprised how much gets leftover even after a good face wash — that’s why so many people swear by double-cleansing.
Whether you’re going to order an extra side of seaweed salad at your favorite sushi spot, or you’re going to incorporate algae into your cleansing routine — one thing’s for sure: seaweed is a skin superfood!