Ingredient Spotlight: Bladderwrack Seaweed
Written by Kerry Benjamin
It’s no wonder Ariel looked so good! Under-the-sea plant life like bladderwrack seaweed is packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that nourish and protect the skin, soothe inflammation, and calm acne. Find out how bladderwrack seaweed’s unique properties work to give the skin a dose of natural nourishment.
WHAT IT IS
Bladderwrack is a type of brown seaweed that grows on the northern Atlantic, Baltic, and Pacific coasts. Known for its unique ability to survive harsh conditions, this mineral-rich sea plant has been used medicinally for centuries for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
WHAT IT DOES
Rich in calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium, potassium and B vitamins, bladderwrack helps calm inflammation when taken as a supplement or applied topically to the skin. Bladderwack also contains antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E, which neutralize free radicals that cause premature signs of aging.
The minerals and vitamins in bladderwrack make this seaweed a powerhouse ingredient for the skin. It is suitable for all skin types and a safe alternative treatment for pregnant women experiencing hormonal breakouts who need to avoid ingredients like salicylic acid.
PROTECTS FROM FREE RADICAL DAMAGE
The antioxidants in bladderwrack neutralize free radicals from environmental aggressors like pollution and pollen, preventing dullness, fine lines and other signs of aging.
Bladderwrack contains niacin, also known as vitamin B3, a brightening nutrient that can help lift dark spots over time.
RESURFACES AND HYDRATES
Thanks to its high iodine content, bladderwrack helps promote cellular turnover, which clears out dead skin cells and refines pores while helping skin retain moisture.
SOOTHES INFLAMMATION AND BATTLES ACNE
Rich in numerous types of vitamin B, bladderwrack helps soothe irritated skin and calm acne-related inflammation.