Sea Ingredients That Benefit Your Skin

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The sea can provide your skin with many beneficial ingredients; everything from anti-aging to hydrating, to soothing. Not only do the plants that grow in the ocean help your skin, but marine water itself can have skin enhancing qualities as well.

Quite a few skin care lines use marine ingredients to help the skin. The use of sea ingredients and sea water for cosmetic purposes is called thalassotherapy and has been practiced for thousands of years. Today more and more skin care lines are adding marine-based ingredients to their products. Keep reading to find out both which sea plants and which products can help your skin look younger and be firmer.


Let's begin by discussing seawater itself. It should come as no surprise that seawater naturally contains trace elements and minerals, but did you know that our blood plasma and seawater contain almost identical concentrations of these elements and minerals? The two are so similar that you could place white blood cells from a human body in sterile, diluted seawater and those white blood cells would continue their normal function. Seawater contains many minerals that our skin needs including magnesium, potassium, calcium, selenium, sodium, and sulfur. Maintaining proper mineral levels in the skin is important for cell function and healthy skin. In addition, products that contain seawater can help strengthen the skin barrier, stop skin dryness, and soothe the skin. Find seawater in Phytomer Souffle Marin Cleansing Foaming Cream.


There are 2 different kinds of algae—macroalgae like kelp and seaweed and microalgae that are single cell organisms that are microscopic. Not only is seaweed used in skin care and beauty products, in many cultures, take Japan for example, seaweed is a big part of the cuisine as well. There are at least 28,000 different types of algae found in nature, and over 100 algae-derived ingredients that are can be found in a wide range of skin care products from serums to face and eye creams. Seaweed can even be found in hair products to hydrate hair.

Each different type of algae has its own unique properties, but in general, algae has a high concentration of copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc along with vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K. And what does it do for the skin?  Algae moisturizes, soothes, is anti-aging since it helps to strengthen elastin and collagen production in the skin. The vitamins in algae can protect your skin from sun damage and can help balance oil production. Brown algae is said to help brighten hyperpigmentation while red algae can reduce redness and puffiness and can soothe sensitive skin. Overall, the addition of different types of algae and seaweed to skin care products will help all different skin types from dry to oily to sensitive. It's a great skin care ingredient to look for when searching for a new skincare product.

Find algae in products like The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream which is great for oily skin, Dermalogica After Sun Repair uses seaweed to soothe skin after sun exposure, H2O Plus Aqualibrium Sea Mineral Scrub helps to keep your skin smooth, and Clark's Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream contains algae extracts and both smooths and moisturizes skin.

One of the most famous skin care products that contains sea kelp is La Mer cream. Used by celebrities and said to renew and rejuvenate dry skin, this very well known product is now sold in a number of different formulations so even those people with oily skin can use it. The line contains every type of product you need to care for your skin all with the company's patented "miracle broth" which contains sea kelp.


Caviar is fish roe or eggs. Considered a culinary delicacy this food is also a potent anti-aging ingredient in skin care products. By providing hydration to the skin, firming, and helping with skin turn over, fish eggs can help your skin look younger and brighter. Find caviar in Matis Paris Anti-Stress Day Cream and La Prairie 'White Caviar' Illuminating Eye Serum.