Wonder why mermaids had flawless skin
Ride the wave of innovative anti-agers made from sand and surf.
Ever wondered why the Little Mermaid Arial had such flawless skin? The answer could well be that slimy, slippery algae you try so hard to avoid on the beach and on seafront steps. Funnily though, this humble sea vegetation may be your skin’s new best friend! There’s a whole host of anti-aging, skin loving potions being formulated from it and studies have shown that algae is a sort of unsung hero of the cosmetic world, fighting wrinkles and brightening skin quietly and effectively thanks to its proteins, amino acids and mineral power. The latest research suggests that algae, seaweed, kelp and spirulina have immense youth regenerating properties thanks to the protective cells they use to shield themselves from harsh sunlight. No wonder that beauty brands Thalgo, H2O+, La Prairie, Estee Lauder and Algenist among others are going all out to churn up beauty potions containing alguronic acid, a protective oil with skin care benefits derived from algae. In fact skin care experts have long believed that these algae are rich sources of astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant that repairs and prevents cell damage to reveal brighter, plumper and smoother skin.
Why algae is good for you
Countless studies reveal that algae—including macro algae like seaweed and kelp or micro algae, tiny single celled creatures—can magically treat wrinkles, under-eye puffiness, skin dullness, flakiness, breakouts and hair loss. The numerous benefits of sea kelp include:
- A whooping dose of nutrients: A powerhouse of natural Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E, as well as minerals such as zinc, iodine, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper and calcium. Did you know that kelp has ten times more calcium that your glass of milk?
- Weight loss: Kelp contains iodine, a trace mineral vital for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland that plays an important part in metabolism. Since sea kelp is the richest natural source of iodine, it can regulate metabolism and in turn affect weight loss. Studies at the University of Newcastle have also shown that fibers in sea kelp (alginates) reduce fat digestion and absorption, spurring your weight loss efforts.
- Anti-aging and skin renewal: A 2008 study discovered that kelp helps to remove free radicals—that cause aging—from the body, keeping skin nourished and moisturized. Rich in omega 3, kelp acts as natural humectant (moisturizer) much like honey, improving the skin’s ability to retain water. The result: plump, hydrated skin.
- Encourages hair growth: Countless studies have shown that taking sea kelp supplements regularly can boost hair growth and stop excessive hair fall.
Find a potion for your beauty needs
So whatever your skin or hair concern there’s an algae/kelp remedy to address it. Practically every skin care brand from top of the line La Praire to herbal brand Iraya have infused newer formulas with this magic ingredient. La Prairie’s new Cellular Power Infusion combines a special peptide with red grape stem cells and extract of Swiss snow algae to aid cellular skin renewal. Similarly, the much more affordable Iraya Algae Serum Body Lotion, infused with green algae and aloe vera restores and replenishes micronutrients and moisture to the skin.
Looking for an effective fine lines and wrinkle fighter? Bio tech brand Algenist launched Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer that contains the hero ingredient Alguronic Acid, touted to trigger the repair process within cells. Thalgo Exceptional Cream is an equally effective –and more affordable—anti-wrinkle, hydrating and firming cream that contains natural algae hormones derived from brown algae, Thalgo complexes, soya oil, rape seed oil and sublime rose nacre oil which hydrate skin and plump out wrinkles to give skin velvety soft texture.
If under-eye circles and puffiness are ruining your looks, try H2O+ Aquafirm+ Eye Lift Concentrate, a fast-acting formula for under-eyes that delivers a water-light barrier of deep-sea nutrients for an instant micro-lifting effect thanks to a unique mix of caffeine, chlorella marine algae and Sea Nutrient Barrier. Similarly, H2O+ Aquafirm+ Micro-Collagen Eye Cream is an ultra-rich eye cream suitable for dry skinned gals. It visibly smoothens, firms and de-puffs tired-looking under eyes thanks to its star ingredients Marine Mircro-spheres, brown algae and Sea Nutrient Barrier
Dull, congested skin needs a two-in-one exfoliator and moisturizer like H2O+ Sea Moss Replenishing Body Wash, a restorative body wash that lightly lathers away impurities and gets rid of dead cells while nourishing skin with red marine algae, brown algae, aloe vera, Provitamin B and E. This exclusive formula cleanses, soothes and hydrates thanks to its natural anti-inflammatory and humectant properties that calm stressed skin. Finish up with H2O+ Sea Moss Replenishing Body Lotion, a rich formulation of mango, cocoa butters, marine botanicals and red algae that soothe and revitalize.
The fight against pimples just went underwater! Scottish researchers at the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture discovered that the omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in algae can prevent the growth of Propionibacterium acnes, a bacteria that causes pimples, as effectively as other known acne fighters benzoylperoxide and salicylic acid.
So what are you waiting for? Just dive in!