Sea Kelp/Algae (Ascophyllum Nodosum)
| If you've ever touched seaweed that washed up on the beach, chances are you noticed its slippery texture. The gelatinous quality of this sea plant makes it an ideal ingredient for shampoos and creams, as it protects and adds shine to hair and skin. In fact, many marine plants—from tiny algae to giant kelp—provide nourishment and protection when applied to the body.|
Sea Kelp/Algae are some of the most nutrient-rich life forms in nature, which is why they're present in so many cosmetics. They're full of minerals that can help draw toxins from the skin.
Knowing about marine herb properties will help you understand their purpose in body care products. In cellulite creams, algae helps draw out impurities and temporarily "tightens" the skin. This firming ability is also an asset in eye gels or wrinkle creams. Sea herbs in facial masks heal, hydrate, detoxify, and re-mineralize the skin. While Fuchs cautions that we still don't know how much of the nutrients actually penetrate the skin, their amino acids—and slippery texture—do act as conditioners.
Sea Kelp contributes a silky texture to creams and act as natural thickening agents, making it easy to benefit from the power of the ocean—even if you live far from its shores.
Sea Kelp/Algae provide:
Chlorophyll: helps detoxify
Essential fatty acids: improve skin elasticity
Carbohydrates: stimulate the skin's ability to heal
Vitamin A: an antioxidant, normalizes skin cells
Protein/amino acids: building blocks of cells, skin conditioners
Disclaimer: The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.