What’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone says the word ‘ocean’? Are beaches, piña coladas, and swimsuits what connect you to the powerful, majestic world that resides underwater? If you ask me, it’s everything from sea horses and dolphins, to kelp forests and coral reefs—the ocean is full of life, nature and beauty. Flora under the sea not only resonates with good health and balance underwater but is also immensely rich in nutrients that are hard to find on land. In fact, the one thing that unites us globally is the ocean, one sea weaving into another, making available a plethora of seaweeds and ocean plants accessible to everyone across the globe for centuries—skincare being one of them.
Seawater has therapeutic properties enriched with mineral salts, sea algae and kelp are packed with antioxidants and help break down toxins. Seaweed, the most popular offering, is one of the most potent ingredients, rich in calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, potassium, zinc as well as vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. Marine collagen, sourced out of fish oils and fish scales, have extreme restorative properties that improve the health of your skin. That said, join us as we dive into the ocean of skincare ingredients to scour the most nourishing, hydrating and firming formulations and marine actives sourced directly from the deep waters packaged in bottles and tubes solely to improve the quality of your skin.
Kelp is basically an underwater algae loaded with nutrients aka the good stuff. Fun fact: you may have spotted forests of this beautiful and powerful weed in movies like Finding Nemo or The Little Mermaid. This skin-loving, leafy plant is rich in amino acids and nutrients that can be added to your salad or used topically on your skin for a healthy glow. Packed with minerals that help lock in moisture, kelp is one of the most hydrating plant-based actives found in nature. It also nourishes hair and promotes growth.
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While saltwater has promising benefits like cleansing your face thoroughly and visibly shrinking your pores, seawater sourced from the ocean has a lot (in fact more) to offer too. Seawater is extremely rich in magnesium, calcium and potassium, all three being powerful skin-loving nutrients. When all three join hands it acts as a great toning and cleansing agent that helps keep acne-causing bacteria at bay, combats infections and even heals your skin!
The stunning, shiny deep-sea jewels offer more than just beautiful chokers, necklaces and bracelets. They play a huge role in our skincare in the form of serums and creams—also used as a moisturising, radiance-boosting ingredient in K-beauty for years. It is powered by amino acids and antioxidants that deeply hydrate your skin and protect it from premature ageing. A pearly glow awaits.
Seaweed happens to be an abundant and easily available skincare powerhouse on the planet. With the ability to soak in minerals and salts from the ocean, this leafy ingredient is full of minerals, amino acids, vitamins and skin-loving lipids that are all beneficial to the skin. Seaweed can regulate oil production, soothe irritation and breakouts, brightens the skin by acting as an exfoliating agent, and deeply hydrates the skin by locking in moisture and strengthening the skin barrier.
While our bodies produce collagen throughout our lives but with age, the quality and quantity of collagen reduce causing wrinkles, dry skin and brittle nails. Fish oil or fish-skin derived collagen directly boosts the health of your skin and reduces signs of ageing. Marine collagen, whether taken in supplements or applied topically, has the ability to strengthen your skin barrier and renew elasticity.