We explore the ocean ingredients making waves in the world of skincare and the benefits to be reaped by adding marine skin care products to your regime
By Rosie Reynolds
Given that we know more about space than we do about the deepest depths of our oceans, it’s no wonder that scientists are constantly making new discoveries in how oceanic properties and microorganisms can benefit our health and skin.
Some skin care companies are founded upon this scientific research. Algenist, a San Fransisco based brand, made the astounding breakthrough of incorporating alguronic acid into their products. This is the molecule that regenerates and protects algae cells from external aggressors and is an incredible antioxidant for our skin.
Both macroalgae and microalgae are beneficial. Macro consists of plants that tend to be visible, like seaweed and kelp. Microalgae are usually invisible to the naked eye. Both are essential players in the ecosystem and are so enriched with amino acids, a powerful energy source, that biomass companies are exploring algae’s potential as a sustainable biofuel.
Properties from ocean-dwelling plants are being increasingly used within food and health supplements, due to their nutrient dense profile. These benefits also translate to your skin when applied topically, and algae is drawing particular interest from the beauty industry. Containing vitamins A, B, C and E and boasting a high concentration of Omega-3 fatty acids, algae-incorporated skincare can remedy a host of skincare concerns. Omega-3 replenishes your skin with moisture, and this plumping benefit can diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as soothe eczema and psoriasis.
Seaweed is saturated with many incredible micronutrients, such as magnesium, selenium, iron, folate, iodine, calcium. The Ancient Romans were fans of seaweed too, using it for medicinal purposes to treat wounds and burns. Algae is a natural humectant, which means that it has excellent moisture-binding abilities and will keep your skin plump and hydrated throughout the day.
Key minerals found in algae
Another skin-plumping wonder, marine collagen is viewed as one of the most effective forms of collagen. It is derived from the collagen peptides found in fish, and due to its small molecular weight, marine collagen is easily absorbed by the deeper levels of the skin’s epidermis. This moisturising ingredient will smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, leaving you with a youthful and dewy appearance.
Arguably the simplest marine-derived ingredient, but by no means is it lacking in its beauty benefits. Seawater contains a high concentration of salt which is packed full of detoxifying minerals. Sea salt is also great if you want to reduce puffiness, as the minerals encourage lymphatic drainage and boost your body’s circulation.
The marine skin care products we love
Dr Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Hydration Booster
Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream
La Mer The Regenerating Serum
Algenist Power Recharging Night Pressed Serum
Thalgo Absolute Radiance Concentrate
Kat Burki Form Control Marine Collagen Gel
Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion
Institut Esthederm Intensive Spiruline