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Benefits Of Seaweed In Beauty Products

January 04, 2021

Benefits Of Seaweed In Beauty Products

Benefits Of Seaweed In Beauty Products


As Sebastien The Crab Said, Life Really Is Better “Under The Sea!”

It may not be the most attractive beauty ingredient but what it lacks in looks, seaweed makes up in ability - to help us look our best, that is!

Today, we’re examining the benefits of seaweed in beauty products.

Why Is Seaweed So Good?

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. It’s also used at day spas to help with cleansing, exfoliating and more.

“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 because it helps improve circulation and hydration.

When applied to the body, it can help to draw excess fluid and waste from the skin. This makes it great for exfoliating dead skin and impurities.

Benefits of Seaweed in Beauty Products

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.

Seaweed in a Cosmetic Ingredients List

If you're looking out for seaweed in your skincare products, keep a look out for these INCI names:

  • Algae extract(your classic seaweed);
  • Chlorella vulgaris(a type of freshwater microalgae) 
  • Macrocystis Pyrifera (a type of sea kelp) 
  • Ascophyllum nodosum (a dense green type of kelp or seaweed powder) 

Seaweed in Skincare

Who Should Use Products Containing Seaweed?

Acne-Prone Skin

Seaweed is a natural anti-inflammatory, meaning it can assist in soothing inflammation, including pimples. As a result, it is a good option for products designed to help with acne-prone skin.

Dry Skin

With its iodine content, seaweed is also able to help nourish skin, which makes it a great choice for dull, dry and dehydrated skin types.

Congested Skin

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 our favourite seaweed-y K-Beauty products:

iUNIK Black Snail Restore Serum– this powerhouse anti-aging serum creates smoother, more elastic skin with the help of black snail extract, seaweed and more.

Benton Snail Bee Ultimate Hydrogel Eye Patch - These little eye patches are highly concentrated hydrogel masks that are packed with ultra nourishing ingredients. Not only do they have seaweed extract but they also contain hyaluronic acid, tea tree water and snail secretion. These star ingredients work together to prevent skin damage, improve dull skin and cool and soothe the delicate skin around the eyes. 

Have You Tried Any Skincare Products Containing Seaweed? If So, Drop Them In The Comments Below!

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"In fact, seaweed has been used in bath, body and skincare products for centuries because it helps improve circulation and hydration."


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