Ingredient Spotlight

The Algae (Seaweed) Skin Care You Need

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Let's talk about algae. That's right, the genus of seaweed and kelp. Seaweed is delicious in soups and how can we forget nori for sushi! Algae is a versatile organisms used in many ways. From food, energy, and even personal products now.

As for us skin care fans, some upscale spas offer wraps or even baths as detoxifying treatments. Algae or (more marketably) seaweed is also a primary ingredient in luxury products like La Mer Crème de la Mer. Its smallest bottle costs $95 for 0.5 oz! So, why are" marine" products so pricey and touted as high-street products? Samantha Miller at The Naked Chemist helps us understand why algae is beneficial for you.

Algae or seaweed is a potent ingredient for anti-aging, brightening, soothing, and is a natural antioxidant. There are four major types of seaweed found in skin care: red algae, brown algae, blue-green algae, and green algae. They all contain amino acids that effectively neutralize free-radicals to repair and protect your skin barrier.

LisaLise, a natural skin care blog interviewed the Swedish Algae Factory. They discovered algae is an underrated powerhouse ingredient in skin care. They found silica algae containing "diatoms," which have moisturizing properties as to hyaluronic acid. On top of its benefits for skin care, algae are a sustainable resource we can cultivate.

According to its website, they claim Algica (their trademark protected) has UV light blocking properties, too. If enough research and testing is conducted in the future, algae could become a natural sun protectant, too.

Currently, algae skin care products target fine lines and aging. As mentioned earlier, there are many variants of seaweed. Each variant can target different skin needs. If you're seeking to include algae or seaweed in your skin care routine (more affordably) now, there are a few options.

Lumene is a Finnish skin care brand. It creates products with ingredients native to the Nordic environment. This includes the nordic algae. Although it's not as widely available in North American markets, their products are worth trying out. You can find some Lumene products at CVS.

Skyn Iceland is another skin care brand from the Nordic region. They specialize in cultivating Icelandic kelp. Skyn Iceland is easily accessible North America as Sephora and Ulta carries them. Their Icelandic Youth Serum features red algae, an antioxidant that allegedly is "6000 times more powerful than vitamin C."

Or, you could even consume algae as a dietary supplement. Common algae supplements are spirulina or even chlorophyll.


Lumene Arctic Dew Quenching Aqua Serum, € 26,90

Skyn Iceland Icelandic Youth Serum, $46

Bioassance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream, $54

The Mara Beauty Universal Face Oil, $40

cocokind chlorophyll mask, $19

California Gold Nutrition Organic Spirulina, $4

Now Foods Liquid Chlorophyll, $14