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The Incredible Beauty Benefits of Seaweed You Haven’t Heard Yet

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Sea salt isn’t the only way to reap the benefits of the ocean’s beautifying—not to mention, healing properties. Rich in antioxidants and other beauty-benefiting vitamins and minerals, seaweed is a force to be reckoned with. In fact, according to board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Debra Jaliman, it’s a powerful anti-aging ingredient that can regenerate and protect skin. Curious to know more? We share the beauty benefits of seaweed—plus, our favorite products formulated with this superstar ingredient ahead.

  1. 1. Contains anti-inflammatory benefits
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    1. Contains anti-inflammatory benefits

    According to Dr. Jaliman, seaweed is an excellent anti-inflammatory ingredient and can help reduce inflammation caused by acne.
    Try: Indie Lee Clearing Mask
    Prevent breakouts and keep oil at bay with Indie Lee Clearing Mask. Enriched with deep-cleaning bentonite clay, seaweed and colloidal sulfur blended with exfoliating glycolic and salicylic acids, the Clearing Mask works to draw out impurities, toxins and pore-clogging bacteria. What’s more? With added chamomile and camphor extracts, the mask can also calm redness and inflammation.

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  2. 2. Helps to keep rosacea at bay
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    2. Helps to keep rosacea at bay

    In addition to reducing acne inflammation, seaweed can also help keep skin conditions like rosacea under control. “Since it’s rich in B vitamins and is anti-inflammatory, it can also help with skin conditions like rosacea and inflammation,” says Dr. Jaliman.
    Try: 100% Pure Mattifying Primer
    The first step to a flawless makeup application is primer. And what better way to prep your skin than with a mattifying primer enriched with skin-brightening seaweed? The 100% Pure Mattifying Primer is enriched with all-natural ingredients to deliver the softest, silkiest formula in the market. Specifically formulated for an ultra-smooth foundation application and long-lasting wear, this product promotes a brighter, more youthful-looking appearance upon application.

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  3. 3. Exfoliates and detoxes the skin
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    3. Exfoliates and detoxes the skin

    Another way seaweed benefits skin? “It can also serve as an exfoliant to get rid of dead skin cells and toxins,” says Dr. Jaliman. To reap the exfoliating and detoxifying benefits of seaweed, try adding a sea salt and seaweed soak to your bath.
    Try: The Organic Pharmacy Detoxifying Seaweed Bath Soak
    Looking for a way to wind down and reap the benefits of seaweed? Try The Organic Pharmacy Detoxifying Seaweed Bath Soak. Enriched with a sea salt base, plus seaweed, juniper and eucalyptus, this aromatic, all-natural bath soak awakens the senses and purifies the body for ultimate relaxation mode.

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  4. 4. Repairs damage from heat styling
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    4. Repairs damage from heat styling

    In addition to being good for your skin, seaweed is also good for your hair—as it can repair damaged strands caused by over-styling.
    Try: DevaCurl Deep Sea Repair Seaweed Strengthening Mask
    Think your skin is the only thing that can benefit from seaweed? Think again! We love DevaCurl’s Deep Sea Repair Seaweed Strengthening Mask for its ability to replenish and lock in hydration, restore and protect and more. Enriched with seaweed, sea lavender and a blend of rice, soy and wheat protein, this Strengthening Mask works to reveal fresher, healthier-looking curls in no time.

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  5. 5. Promotes collagen production
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    5. Promotes collagen production

    Above all, seaweed provides a lot of anti-aging benefits and can promote younger-looking skin all around. “Seaweed is rich in vitamin C,” says Dr. Jaliman. “Which promotes collagen production [and] can help keep skin youthful.”
    Try: EmerginC Scientific Organics Grape Stem Cell, White Tea and Seaweed Body Butter
    Hydrate and nourish dry skin with EmerginC Scientific Organics Grape Stem Cell, White Tea and Seaweed Body Butter. Enriched with a blend of marine algae, shea butter, grape stem cells and white tea, this fortifying body butter promotes cellular turnover, protects the skin from aging aggressors and improves the overall look and feel of the skin’s texture.

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  6. 6. Brightens the skin and targets hyperpigmentation

    If you’re struggling with dull skin or hyperpigmentation, you may want to consider incorporating a serum enriched with seaweed into your daily regimen. Why, you ask? “Seaweed contains niacin, which is good for brightening and hyperpigmentation,” says Dr. Jaliman.
    Try: Repecharge C-Serum Seaweed Filtrate
    Thanks to its ability to promote collagen production, seaweed is an excellent ingredient for anti-aging skin care products. One of our favorites? Repecharge C-Serum Seaweed Filtrate. Infused with vitamin-rich seaweed extract, amino acids and other anti-aging ingredients, this daily face serum works to maintain moisture levels, smooth the skin’s surface and target fine lines. What’s more? This anti-aging serum also contains antioxidant-rich carrageenan extract (derived from red algae) to shield the skin from harmful environmental aggressors.

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  7. 7. Deep cleanses skin
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    7. Deep cleanses skin

    Because of its detoxing benefits, seaweed can also help deep cleanse the skin and improve its overall health.
    Try: Phytomer Seaweed Soap
    Looking for a gentle soap that multitasks to give you ultra-clean and smooth skin? Look no further than Phytomer Seaweed Soap. 100% natural and formulated with natural marine extracts, this cleansing soap works to remove dead skin cells and promote soft, supple-looking skin. Gentle enough to use daily, the invigorating soap awakens the senses and is formulated for all skin types.


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Beauty Reporter

Jessie Quinn

Jessie Quinn is a writer and editor with work published in NYLON Magazine,,,, and more. She is a graduate of Academy of Art University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Journalism. Originally from Los Angeles, she currently resides in Brooklyn—her home for the last five years. In Jessie’s free time, you can find her creating content for her beauty blog, Hair Skin Kale, testing out DIY beauty recipes, exploring her neighborhood, or binge-watching episodes of Friends. Her background in fashion has taught her that beautiful skin never goes out of style. Follow her on Instagram.