Today, we’re examining the benefits of seaweed in beauty products.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
"In fact, seaweed has been used in bath, body and skincare products for centuries because it helps improve circulation and hydration."- STYLE STORY
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