The restorative powers of the sea have seeped into the medical traditions of almost every culture and we discover how seaweed base beauty products can be an essential part of your routine.
From the magical virtues bestowed on the thermal springs of ancient Greece, to the practice of thalassotherapy that runs through France, salty seawater is synonymous with sustaining life. And while our sources of this precious commodity are considerably more polluted than they used to be, our collective belief in healing properties of seawater persists.
Folk medicine and modern science both point to seaweed as a concentrated source of rehabilitative potential, with approximately 36 per cent of seaweed’s dry mass consisting of minerals drawn from the ocean. These include sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, not to mention micronutrients iodine, zinc, and copper along with 20 amino acids. It boasts 13 vitamins, including vitamins C, A and B12.
Seaweed is an antioxidant, an antiseptic and an anti-inflammatory, and when ingested it helps strengthen the gut wall, detox the body, and assist in the proliferation of good bacteria. When used topically, it manages to heal wounds while offsetting stress, pollution and, studies now reveal, the visible effects of ageing.
Here, we discover the secrets of its nourishing properties with our pick of the best seaweed grooming products to revitalise your skin, hair, and overall health, as although it has long been known as a favourite for women’s beauty, these sea greens are now increasing in popularity when it comes to grooming too.