Grab a pack of nori snacks and listen up! Kelp isn’t just an amazing health food; it’s also good for your skin! Chemists first began researching the healing powers of seaweed because of its unique ability to survive harsh conditions and adapt to a rapidly changing environment. Some types of seaweed can even regenerate at a rate of over 2 feet per day! After a deeper look, scientists discovered that seaweed is rich in essential vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals that make it an ideal skin food. Korean skincare brands first started infusing their creams with seaweed, but the trend is now available in products all over the world.
Here are some of the benefits you can expect from adding a seaweed-based skincare product into your routine.
Soothe Redness & De-Puffs
Seaweed is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds that can help soothe red and irritated skin. It also reduces puffiness by helping the skin drain excess fluid.
Seaweed contains powerful antioxidants that help prevent damage to your skin’s cell membranes. Seaweed can even help reverse existing signs of aging by repairing damaged cells.
Exfoliates and Hydrates
Seaweed sloughs away dead skin while simultaneously infusing skin with moisture. This combination of benefits is the main reason I included Bladderwrack Seaweed Extract in my Deep Sea Mineral Peel. It helps soften and boost cell turnover without drying out sensitive skin.
Lightens Dark Spots
Some seaweed extracts are tyrosinase-inhibitors, meaning they prevent the production of melanin. When applied topically, seaweed can prevent and lighten dark spots caused by sun exposure or hormones.
Would you try a skincare product loaded with seaweed? Sound off in the comments!