As Sebastien the Crab said, life really is better “under de Sea!”
It may not be the most attractive beauty ingredient, but what it lacks in looks, seaweed makes up for in ability – ability to help us look better, that is!
Seaweed is a much loved delicacy in many parts of Asia and Korea is no exception. Korea’s love of seaweed extends to its beauty products, where seaweed is commonly used in cosmetics and at day spas to help with cleansing, exfoliating and more.
But what does seaweed actually do in beauty products, and who should use be using it? STYLE STORY dives in for a closer look at this sea-based plant and give our top tips for the best K-Beauty products starring seaweed!
WHY IS SEAWEED SO GOOD?
“Seaweed” refers to a large group of sea plants (algaes) that have a jelly like consistency. (The kinds you’ll find in beauty products aren’t necessarily the ones that wash up on the beach, though!)
In fact, seaweed has been used in bath, body and skincare products for centuries to improve circulation and balance hydration.
When applied to the body, it can help to draw excess fluid and waste from the skin, making it great for exfoliating dead skin and impurities.
WHAT DOES SEAWEED DO IN BEAUTY PRODUCTS?
As seaweed is rich in mineral salts, amino acids and Vitamins A, C, B1, B12, E, K and D, it works to hydrate and nurture skin.
Many seaweeds also have antioxidant and skin soothing properties, making them perfect for troubled skin.
WHO SHOULD USE PRODUCTS CONTAINING SEAWEED?
As seaweed is a natural anti-inflammatory, it can assist in soothing inflammation, including pimples. This makes it a good option for products designed to help with acne-prone skin.
With its iodine content, seaweed is also able to help nourish skin, making it a great choice for dull, dry and dehydrated skin types.
Seaweed’s phytonutrient content may help to elevate blood flow and bring a healthy glow to the face. This is why seaweed wraps are commonly used to detoxify and cleanse the skin and to assist in expelling toxins from the pores.
OUR FAVOURITE K-BEAUTY PRODUCTS STARRING SEAWEED
For a hit of seaweed-y goodness full of vitamins, minerals and more, try a few of STYLE STORY’s favourite seaweed-containing K-Beauty products:
Tony Moly I’m Real Mask Sheet Seaweed – this easy-to-use mask sheet is infused with real seaweed extract and works to purify skin, revitalizing and brightening lacklustre skin.
The triple-layered cotton mask sheet feels soft against your skin and works to enhance the penetration of the mask’s essence.
Missha Super Aqua Ice Tear Cream – this cooling moisturising cream contains star hydrating ingredients glacier water, ice plant water, blue lagoon water and three types of seaweeds.
It works to hydrate, cool and soothe skin naturally.
Lindsay All-in-One Spirulina Modeling Mask Pack – forget using a regular sheet mask and upgrade to a mask usually reserved for an expensive day spa treatment (minus the cost)!
Lindsay’s Spirulina Modeling Mask features two types of algae for a highly enriched mineral hit that’ll leave your complexion glowing.
So, what are you waiting for? Discover the benefits of some deep sea lovin’ without leaving the comfort of your own home with STYLE STORY’s top seaweed K-Beauty picks!