Seaweed is What Your Skin is Missing

By: Sarah Moore

Occasionally, I munch on nori sheets when I know I’m going to be on the run and need a salty snack. But aside from indulging in a veggie sushi roll or avoiding stepping on washed up algae at the beach, I don’t think much about seaweed.

Turns out, as a person with skin, I totally should.

“Seaweed, sea kelp, and algae offer superior hydration as well as anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits,” explains Women’s Health. That’s due to a wide range of nutrients, including Omega-3, iron, antioxidants, and other valuable micronutrients contained in these underwater plants.

Plus, seaweed is just straight-up dope for the environment: it’s easy to grow, doesn’t require inputs, is prolific, and leaves its “farmland” cleaner and better nourished. Beat that, GMO corn.

Your Friend the Sea

Of course, the fact that the ocean and its bounty are good for you is nothing new. People have been heading to the seaside to kick tough ailments and bask in the healing sun for millennia, and we all know that sustainable seafood is both delish and nutrish.

Turns out, though, that seaweed is also chockfull of skin-centered nutrients. It offers a host of vitamins and microelements your skin needs to remain plump, firm, and clear, including vitamins A, B, and C, zinc, and Omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also loaded with proteins and amino acids, which dermal tissue needs to rebuild itself and retain its youthfulness.

Where to Find It

If you’re ready to take the seaweed plunge, here are a few organic products to try out:

  • Samudra Skin & Sea focuses on preserving the sea through sustainable seaweed harvesting, as well as creating ultra skin-moisturizing and clearing products.
  • Seaflora also works to sustain the viability of the ocean with their skincare line.
  • Environmentally-friendly Origins also makes an overnight seaweed mask.

Skin products containing sea veggies fight acne, hydrate your skin, boost elasticity, and help you flush toxins, in addition to clearing your pores by drawing out dead skin cells and other impurities. So what’s not to like?

For the sake of the environment and my own skin, I’m now officially a seaweed convert!

Originally published on eecosphere on February 21, 2017