For centuries, humans have harvested the vast resources of the underwater world to enhance skin. With tens of thousands of varieties in the world, seaweed (a type of large algae) could be the most ubiquitous underwater ingredient in skin care.
Seaweeds make up a highly heterogeneous group of about one hundred freshwater and saltwater plants. Their size varies from a few millimeters to thirty or more feet. They can be as modest as dull grass or, on the contrary as sumptuous and flamboyant as fantastical hairdos; they cover the full range of possible hues and shapes, and can be divided into three large groups: green, red, and brown. Cultivating the marine species of seaweeds only started in the early 20th century. Nowadays, the bulk of seaweed production comes from Asia, where brown varieties predominate.
Seaweed may be the bane of your existence during post-beach showers, but as a cosmetic ingredient, it can be surprisingly beneficial for your skin. Apart from its ultra-hydrating qualities, seaweed boasts anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits. It's also packed with amino acids, vitamins and minerals, and its anti-bacterial properties make it an ideal ingredient for fighting everything from acne to signs of aging. Use this all-natural ocean treasure to keep your skin looking youthful and radiant - well beyond the beach.
The preparing of seaweed-based beauty treatments requires a taste for experimentation, sea legs, and a seaworthy nose! Their ability to eliminate toxins and their simulating properties are beyond compare. One can simply add a pinch of powdered seaweed to a neutral organic shampoo or a simple clay mask. For an instant radiance boost, nothing is easier than soaking a few wakame leaves in mineral water for a few minutes and then applying them to the face to absorb their benefits. Wait for ten to fifteen minutes before removing them, then run a rose water-soaked cotton pad over the face, to achieve in minutes what would take a whole weekend at the beach.
Victoire De Taillac et al. (2017). "An Atlas of Natural Beauty", New York, NY.