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Dive Deep: The Magical Skincare Ingredients of the Sea

Posted by Ellie Swain on Sep 22nd 2023

Dive Deep: The Magical Skincare Ingredients of the Sea

We've all had those moments, standing on the shoreline, toes sinking into the sand, captivated by the deep blue vastness of the ocean. The waves whisper secrets of the deep, inviting us to dive into its mysteries.

But little do most of us know, amidst our daydreams of swimming among dolphins or discovering sunken treasures, the ocean offers us a different kind of magic: the secret to glowing skin.

As it turns out, the ocean isn't just a place to daydream and unwind. It's teeming with ingredients ready to transform our skincare routines. From the humble seaweed you try to avoid stepping on during your morning beach walk to the fascinating skin-plumping marine collagen and the treasured minerals hidden in the ocean's darkest depths, the sea is the unsung hero of beautiful skin.

Ready to dive into these blue beauty secrets? Let’s plunge right in.

Seaweed: The Ocean's Superfood for Your Skin

Seaweed isn’t just the slimy stuff that brushes against your leg while you're enjoying a swim and freaks you out. This oceanic plant is bursting with minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. Think of seaweed as the kale of the sea but without the bitter aftertaste.

This ocean ingredient is high in antioxidants, which fend off free radicals. Those are the pesky molecules that speed up aging. So, seaweed-based skincare might just be the secret to capturing that elusive fountain of youth.

The composition of seaweed helps retain moisture, ensuring that your skin stays hydrated and plump. Who knew the answer to our moisturizing prayers was floating around in the ocean?

If you don’t fancy fishing for seaweed yourself, you can find it conveniently blended in many skincare products, such as the GlyMed Plus Age Management Living Cell Clarifier. This potent solution contains mega doses of the most powerful pigment-fighting ingredients, including Hawaiian seaweed, licorice extract, mag-c, ester-c, mulberry, and bearberry.

Marine Collagen: Dive into Supple Skin

Fish scales aren't just shiny and pretty. They’re packed with marine collagen, a protein making waves (pun intended) in the skincare industry.

While collagen is naturally produced in our bodies, it diminishes with age. Enter marine collagen.

Marine collagen is renowned for its ability to improve skin elasticity. This means fewer wrinkles and fine lines. The undersea world isn't just mysterious; it's turning out to be a wrinkle-free zone, too.

Plus, most marine collagen is harvested from fish scales, a by-product of the fishing industry. It's a sustainable source, so you can pamper your skin without harming our blue planet.

Skincare ingredients from the sea including seaweed and marine collagen

Deep-Sea Minerals: Treasures from the Ocean’s Depths

Deep down in the ocean, where sunlight barely reaches, and the pressure is immense, there are minerals with incredible skincare properties.

Zinc and selenium are two deep-sea heroes that are natural sunblocks. They also aid in skin regeneration, ensuring you shed damaged cells and make way for new ones. Try a zinc sunscreen to protect your skin, such as the iS CLINICAL Extreme Protect SPF 30, containing micro-fine zinc oxide and microencapsulated organic active sunscreens for advanced sun protection.

Ironically, dead sea salts bring life to your skin. Rich in magnesium, calcium, and potassium, dead sea salts purify and cleanse the skin, reducing acne and inflammation. Think of them as an oceanic detox for your face.

And magnesium is a muscle relaxer and helps in soothing your skin. If your skin were a beach, magnesium would be its laid-back lifeguard, ensuring everything remains calm and peaceful. Containing magnesium along with many other skin-loving ingredients, the PCA Skin Detoxifying Mask is an at-home charcoal mask that minimizes the appearance of pores while absorbing excess dirt, oil, and debris trapped deep within them.

Dive into the Trend

With the increasing popularity of these marine ingredients, there's been a surge of products that allow you to drench your skin in all the ocean's goodness. And it's not just about the skincare benefits.

Using marine-based skincare is a nod to sustainability and a tribute to the rich biodiversity of our oceans. While it's fun to imagine mermaids with their perfect clear skin, drenching themselves in seaweed masks and rubbing deep-sea minerals on their tails, the reality is even more exciting. We have a treasure trove of skincare magic right beneath the waves, waiting to be discovered.

Next time you're splashing in the sea or watching the waves roll in, think about the incredible ingredients beneath those blue depths. And then, perhaps, consider incorporating them into your skincare routine. Your skin might just thank you with a radiant, mermaid-esque glow.

Do you want more skincare advice? Here’s how to glow on the go while traveling.