Life can be better under the sea — but even if it isn’t, your skin will still look fabulous. The benefits of salt water on your skin range from increased moisture retention to cellular regeneration. Swimming in it regularly can help treat skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. So why shouldn’t the same ingredients that heal you be applied to your daily skincare routine?
The ocean is filled with plenty of ingredients that can make your skin glow as brightly as the waves in sunlight. Many of these ingredients absorb the nutrients the salt water has to offer and bring them directly into your skin. OROGOLD reviews the five of the most common sea ingredients found in skincare lines, some of which you may recognize from the products you use on a daily basis:
SEAWEED EXTRACT. This popular skincare ingredient doesn’t have roots in the sand on the seafloor, so the nutrients of this plant come directly from the ocean. The result is a potent combination of zinc, iodine, potassium and beta-carotene. There are many different types of seaweeds that offer benefits for your skin, ranging from kelp stimulating collagen production to green seaweeds serving as astringents. Either way, you’re in for a world of benefits with this ingredient.
MOTHER-OF-PEARL. Taken from the abalone shell, this ingredient has been used in skincare remedies for centuries throughout Asian and Latin American cultures. This ingredient often acts as both an exfoliant and skin brightener. The proteins in this ingredient help brighten the skin while the coarseness of this ingredient is not too big where it could irritate delicate facial skin. Together, it makes this ingredient not only luxurious but also effective in anti-aging skincare.
CAVIAR. The popularity of caviar facials in recent years has skyrocketed, and for good reason. Another ingredient directly from the lap of luxury, these fish eggs often feature Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, both of which are important in helping skin retain moisture and protect it from free radical damage. Combined with caviar’s potassium and selenium, these fish eggs are potent aging fighters, and their water structure makes it a perfect match for your skin’s tone.
ALGAE EXTRACT. Algae Extract is becoming one of the most popular new ingredients in skincare, and with good reason. Alguronic Acid, a byproduct of microalgae found in the ocean, has recently been isolated and found to protect your skin just as well as Vitamins A, C and E in terms of UV damage and other signs of aging. Like most sea ingredients, this extract absorbs a lot of what the ocean has to offer and brings it directly to your skincare.
SEA SALT. This coarser form of salt has a different chemical composition than your normal table salt. While table salt is made up of Sodium Chloride, sea salt also contains plenty of the nutrients from the ocean that are beneficial for your skin. It can detoxify your skin and serves as an exfoliant for tough skin. In its coarsest form, it’s best to avoid sea salt on your face, as it can become very irritating. However, it is the perfect ingredient for body scrubs, and combined with natural oils like jojoba and Shea Butter, it can be moisturizing as well.
What sea ingredients are your favorite? Do you like seeing ocean ingredients in your skincare lines? Let us know in the comments below!