Ingredient Spotlight: Seaweed



If you’ve ever run into seaweed or similar marine plant life at the beach, you know it’s not very glamorous stuff. Cold and slimy are the words that come to mind. However, marine plants like seaweed (also known as algae and kelp) are rich in minerals and antioxidants, making them potent anti-aging ingredients in natural skincare. Seaweed contains nutrients like beta-carotene, potassium, iodine and zinc. You’ll also find a host of essential amino acids and Vitamins A, B, C and E in most seaweed, too. Seaweed takes nutrients directly from the ocean, making them a more potent source for antioxidants than many land plants.

There are many types of seaweed, and in skincare you may see it listed as algae or kelp or even by the type used. Brown, red, green and blue seaweed are commonly found in skincare. Brown seaweed can help soften and moisturize skin while stimulating collagen production. Green seaweeds are better for astringent purposes, while red seaweeds are high in beta-carotene and other antioxidants. Some sea algae even has skin lightening abilities, which is why you’ll see it included in some brightening serums. Overall, seaweed is a wonderful way to naturally boost antioxidant levels in skin, protecting it from UV and free radical damage while also hydrating and calming the skin. It tightens and tones skin, increasing moisture levels and elasticity. Think of this reparative ingredient as kale for your face, and make use of it for healthy, glowing skin.

If you’d like to incorporate seaweed into your skincare routine, check out some of these products:

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About Susannah Compton

Susannah Compton is the founder and formulator behind Florescent, a line of 100% botanical perfumes she blends in small batches from organic and wild crafted aromatics. Plant-based skincare and cosmetics are a way of life for Susannah, who writes about clean beauty and the benefits of botanical ingredients for No More Dirty Looks, Thoughtfully Magazine and Integrity Botanicals. Florescent, however, is Susannah’s personal expression of healthy beauty. Susannah has been working with botanical aromatics for years, blending first for therapeutic purposes before delving into the art of perfumery. Having rarely experienced the depth and complexity of true botanicals in conventional perfume, she learned the art of blending and created what her heart desired — a scent that would move her the way perfume should. In search of those elevating, ethereal bouquets of scent, Susannah honed her skills behind the perfume bench. She launched Florescent in the spring of 2015 to share the lush experience and pleasing ritual of real perfume.