It`s not new that every day seaweeds are more incorporated into many people’s diets as this “superfood” provides many benefits. Likewise, lately this benefits are also being transferred to the cosmetic sector.
We must keep in mind that seaweeds are species that have been in the ocean for millions of years and have created mechanisms to protect their DNA from harmful elements such as UV rays. Therefore, some of these healing and protective properties can be transferred to our skin and consequently help us to prevent or reduce aging.
Nowadays, the cosmetic industry sector has quantities of seaweeds that allows the extraction of different active ingredients to achieve multiple results. It should be noted that seaweeds are likely to decompose easily when they are exposed to the air, losing their properties. Therefore, they should be stored in a specialized packaging.
Among the benefits provided by seaweeds are:
- Depurative: stimulates circulation and promotes toxins elimination.
- Toning: for its contribution of minerals, it growths the elasticity and tone of the skin, increasing its firmness.
- Anti-cellulite and fat reducer: for its draining power and its high iodine content.
- Nourishing: they are very rich in carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins and amino acids.
In cosmetic products, the most used are green, brown and red seaweeds.
Within this type of seaweeds, you can find the ulva lactuca, which contains vitamins A, C and E, so it has moisturizing and relaxing properties.
Among some of the seaweeds of this type, there are:
-Laminaria digitata: contains alginates, mucilages, fucoxanthins, chlorophylls, vitamins and minerals. It`s used for firming and reducing products.
-Fucus vesiculosus: rich in alginates, iodine and polyunsaturated fatty acids. It is used for anti-cellulite benefits because of its draining effect and high iodine content.
-Fucus serratus: rich in iodine, minerals, vitamins and provitamins. It`s used in general for moisturizer and anti-cellulite products.
As examples of these type it exists:
– Palmaria palmata: rich in minerals (potassium, iodine, calcium, magnesium and sodium), mucilages and amino acids. It`s used in anti-cellulite treatments and for heavy legs.
– Coralina officinalis: used in creams for couperose due to its vasoconstrictive properties.