Today is World Oceans Day, a global celebration that brings with it initiatives and events that raise money and awareness for the importance of protecting ocean life. To get into the sea spirit, Savoir Flair has taken a dip into the world of all things marine to reveal some of the best beauty benefits offered by the oceans.
Legend has it that Marc Antony tried to woo Cleopatra by offering her the Dead Sea as her own personal spa. And thanks to the amazing anti-aging and detoxifying properties that the oceans boast, marine ingredients are making a big splash in the beauty world today. From face creams to eye masks, anti-aging treatments to cleansers, beauty products are being loaded with a tidal wave of the ocean’s finest ingredients – in particular, the green stuff. Algae, kelp, seaweed – whichever name you want to give these slimy sea organisms – there’s no denying they pack a serious punch when it comes to keeping us young and beautiful.
Scientists have long believed that marine bacteria was the first form of cell life to form here on Earth and, as the depths of the ocean offered protection from the sun’s harsh UV rays, species of micro-algae could benefit from the nutrients in seawater and develop into powerful organisms beneath the surface of the sea. This is due to their amazing ability, like that of human skin, to adapt and develop according to their environment in order to combat aggressors and protect their DNA – in turn, acting as a natural form of protection for our skin.
So if you’re looking to take the next step towards beautiful skin, it’s time to turn to seaweed. Whether you’re eating it, drinking it, or using it directly on your body, it’s Mother Nature’s miracle gift to our beauty regimes. Packed with vitamins and minerals, the goodness from this green stuff is quickly absorbed by the body due to its cellular structure being so similar to that of our skin. Not only does this super sea-vegetable restore moisture levels in the skin, but it also firms, slows aging, promotes cell generation, reduces the appearance of cellulite, and helps with detoxification – all while purifying and improving skin texture and tone.
It even helps you get luscious locks as it promotes scalp hydration to tackle dry, brittle hair, and can increase hair mineralization to help thicken it. It’s a natural diuretic, so it eases water retention, boosts the metabolism, and prevents cells from storing fat – making it something you should be munching on, too. Rich in iodine, iron, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins, seaweed is also a source of vanadium, a rare mineral that helps with metabolizing carbs. Sold.
So whether you apply seaweed topically with your favorite face cream, slather it on by the sea, or add it to your lunchtime salad, it’s time to add some marine magic to your skincare routine. But don’t panic; you don’t need to run down to the beach and slap some slime on your face to reap the rewards, because major beauty brands are now bringing you the benefits of the sea straight to your makeup cabinets. See below for some of our top product picks.
This clever cleanser is jam-packed with hand-harvested sea kelp, sea cucumber, and spirulina to help detoxify skin and leave it squeaky clean and cared for. A rich and softening lather, it will gently rid you of daily dirt and grime whilst nourishing, softening, and brightening your face to perfection. As Starskin’s co-founder Nicole Arnoldussen says, “We are exposed to toxins every day, and this is from the food that we eat as well as the pollutants and chemicals that we come into contact with. Kelp helps to remove toxins or heavy metals in the body and, together with a host of powerful active marine ingredients, nourishes the skin.”
Starskin ‘Detoxing Sea Kelp Leaf Cleansing Foam’
After 12 years and over 6,000 experiments trying to find a way to heal the burns he suffered after a laboratory accident, brand founder and aerospace physicist Max Huber discovered the healing powers of the ocean, calling the sea “a miraculous resource”. After hand-harvesting sea kelp – an extraordinary organism that has the ability to continuously regenerate itself – and fermenting it gently for three to four months, he created the ‘Miracle Broth’ that lies at the heart of every La Mer product.
Every year, the brand forms new pledges to protect the ocean, creating initiatives and awareness around the importance of saving our seas. This limited-edition ‘Blue Heart Moisturizing Cream’ is adorned with a watercolor wave design in celebration of World Oceans Day.
The Face Mask
Offering a seriously refreshing hit of hydration, this marine mask from Peter Thomas Roth nourishes, moisturizes, and defends skin to keep it healthy from the inside out. Containing blue marine algae, it helps to boost the skin’s defense level against external aggressors whilst slowing down the signs of aging, visibly smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines, and revitalizing skin to give it a gorgeous glow.
Peter Thomas Roth ‘Blue Marine Algae Intense Hydrating Mask’
The Eye Treatment
Perfect your peepers with this decadent eye cream from Biossance. Infused with algae and 100 plant-based squalane made from sugarcane – it provides a boost of vitamins and moisture to brighten the eye area and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Plus, it tones the eye contour and reduces puffiness to leave your eyes looking fresh, bright, and beautiful.
Biossance ‘Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream’
The Hair Hero
Containing softening Japanese nori seaweed, which is packed with protein (to inject some life into lackluster locks) as well as soothing Irish moss, exfoliating sea salt, and refreshing lemon oil, this shampoo bar is a sure-fire way to get beautiful, beachy tresses. Giving hair a dose of va-va-voom, it also leaves it smelling like a tropical holiday.
Lush ‘Seanik’ Shampoo Bar