Some of the best ingredients that can be found in skincare are sourced from nature: fruits, trees and flowers. What’s lesser known is the fact that there are equally powerful all-natural ingredients not found above ground: the ocean hides a wealth of treasures in its depths, too. Below are some of the best ingredients from the sea that may have made it to your skincare:
The luminescent finish of the surface of a pearl has attracted people for generations. Much so that the ideal skin for Koreans and K-beauty enthusiasts alike is reminiscent of a pearl’s finish: smooth and positively radiant. This gem, harvested from oysters, has been in use as a skincare ingredient as far back as the Ming Dynasty in ancient China. Today its popularity continues to endure, with multiple products having been infused with pearl such as sheet masks, face creams, and even deodorants.
Pearls have been known to produce visible skin lightening results thanks to its natural nacre component, which is responsible for a pearl’s iridescence at its raw form. It also has exfoliating properties, and can even treat acne. Pearl-infused skincare is easily accessible – try Skinfood’s Marine Food Gel Mask in Pearl for a quick pick-me-up for skin that’s been stressed by the sun.
Seaweed is the general term for a prevalent form of flora found growing deep under the sea. They are essential to marine life as both a source of nourishment and shelter, and have also been harvested by humans to be used as food for thousands of years. In skincare, seaweed has been found to be rich in antioxidants and amino acids. These substances can help unclog and purify pores as well as make the skin more radiant while protecting it from harsh environmental elements. Seaweed also possesses oil-controlling properties and is also deeply hydrating, meaning that it doesn’t strip the skin of its natural moisture. Marvelously soothing, seaweed sheet masks are also available. This sea plant is also featured prominently as an ingredient in facial cleansers, toners, and a number of skin treatments.
Red and Brown Algae
Algae is also a general term used for a large and diverse group of photosynthetic marine organisms. In skincare, it is said that they are able to provide instant hydration to the skin, giving it a soft and supple quality. Red algae is particularly soothing, which makes it ideal for calming sensitive and/or acne-prone skin as well as smoothing out age lines found on the surface of the skin. Brown algae, on the other hand, can help restore aging skin by boosting firmness and elasticity, and it is also a deeply moisturizing agent that can quench dry skin.
Most of you will probably be familiar with this high-class ingredient: caviar is derived from fish roe, particularly that of the sturgeon, salmon, or other large fish. It is considered a rare and expensive delicacy around the world. While most skincare products that contain caviar may be a bit of a stretch on the wallet, the benefits are well worth the splurge. Caviar extracts have been known to possess the ability to slow down skin aging. It is loaded with amino acids and vitamins that boost healthy skin regeneration. With continued use, it can re-texture the skin, providing firmness, a visible lift, and reduced pore size and appearance.
Take advantage of the healing powers of the ocean and try these products out for yourself. You may be surprised that the fountain of youth and beauty has been all around us all along!