Aside from conveniently curing any holiday blues, seaweed is currently making waves in the beauty world thanks to its never-ending list of skincare benefits. So with that in mind, we've teamed up with Seavite to give one lucky Irish Tatler reader the chance to win the ultimate skincare hamper worth €300.
When you think of buzz-worthy beauty ingredients, seaweed probably isn't high up on the list. Milk? Sure. Vitamin C? Yep. Hyaluronic acid? Absolutely. But seaweed? It sounds a bit gross, doesn't it? That's because when you think of seaweed, you conjure up images of slimy - often smelly - sludge found on the beach. Or worse, when it's offered to you as a crisp by your health-obsessive colleague. When in actual fact, seaweed has many surprising benefits for our skin, hair and body.
Whether you’re blighted by acne (check), suffering hair loss (check) or feeling sluggish (check), seaweed is your friend. It may be slimy, sludgy and lacking in the glamour stakes, but seaweed is one of the hardiest crops on our planet. Packed full of magnesium, manganese, calcium, copper, iodine, iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and bursting with natural vitamins – in particular, A, B, C, D and E – seaweed has been proven to boost immunity, improve heart health, and regulate hormones. And, of course, it will help your skin.
From cleansing to toning, moisturising to repairing, seaweed has earned some serious kudos in the skincare world. And for good reason, as Seavite creators highlight:
"Seaweed is clean and chemical-free, there is no artificial genetic manipulation or pesticides, fungicides, or fertilizers involved in its life cycle meaning what you are putting on your skin is 100 per cent natural."
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So with dermatologists and skin specialists alike recommending seaweed more than ever, here's everything you need to know about the buzzy algae, including why you should start using it ASAP. Plus, the best seaweed-infused products to load up on for dewy, hydrated skin.
WHAT IS SEAWEED?
Seaweed is the name given to species of marine plants and algae that grow in oceans, rivers, and lakes. One of the hardiest crops on our planet, Seaweed is packed with an unusually high concentration of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants.
WHAT DOES SEAWEED DO?
More like what doesn't seaweed do. It poses a ton of skincare benefits and healing properties, addressing everything from excess oil to fine lines and wrinkles. Below, just some of the benefits you can expect from incorporating seaweed into your skincare routine:
- Moisturises the skin: Thanks to the alginates (acids that lock in moisture) in seaweed, it is excellent at soothing, hydrating and detoxifying the skin.
- Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles: Some seaweeds contain the richest source of natural antioxidants (like vitamin C) and amino acids (like glycine), which promote collagen production to smooth lines and give the appearance of plumper, more youthful-looking skin.
- Heals acne, eczema, and sensitive skin: Seaweed can help soothe skin conditions associated with inflammation, like acne and eczema. It has anti-inflammatory properties and contains natural minerals like magnesium and zinc, which have been known to help improve the appearance of redness in sensitive and hypersensitive skin. It also shields the skin from harsh environmental conditions by creating a protective barrier.
- Brightens the skin: A study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) found whitening extracts derived from seaweed extracts could be advantageous in reducing hyperpigmentation. It's also been proven to help with brown spots by either affecting pigment production or by affecting how pigment is transported in the skin
WHO IS SEAWEED SUITABLE FOR?
Anyone with a skin concern. Whether you have visible wrinkles, suffer from acne, eczema, rosacea or are prone to tightness and dryness, seaweed can help address all those skin concerns. What's more, it's sensitive skin-friendly as the seaweed extracts founded in most topical skincare is 100 per cent natural.
when + how do I APPLY SEAWEED?
You can take seaweed orally be it through a supplement or by adding the actual plant to a salad. However, the most popular way to use seaweed is via skincare. Unlike other skincare heroes such as vitamin c and hyaluronic acid (which are best used in a serum for visible results), you can reap the benefits of seaweed in whatever product you choose. The extracts of seaweed are most commonly found in beauty products like cleansers, moisturisers, anti-ageing serums and body scrubs.
In terms of when you should use it in your routine, it should be part of a four-step system of cleansing, treating, moisturising and SPF. Whether you use just one product containing seaweed or all four, your skin will still obtain all the benefits seaweed offers. It can also be applied day or night.
WHERE CAN I BUY SEAWEED-infused skincare?
In short, everywhere. But to help you on your quest for glowy, healthy skin, allow us to introduce you to Seavite. Founded in 1992, Seavite was pioneered by marine scientist, Patrick Mulrooney on his quest to transform his daughters’ severe eczema-prone skin. Through combining nutrient-rich Irish seaweed extracts and pure botanicals, Patrick formulated the Seavite range, which fast earned cult beauty status, thanks to its profound powers of skin transformation. Today, the multi-award-winning brand is overseen by Patrick’s daughters, Jane and Katherine, both of whom are medical doctors, with Masters’ in Clinical Dermatology.
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In summary, seaweed is the answer to all your skincare problems. But don't just take our word for it...we've teamed up with Seavite to give one lucky Irish Tatler reader the chance to win the ultimate skincare hamper worth €300.
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