Have you ever heard of the use of seaweed for skin beauty and general well-being? Seaweed treatments and wraps have also been developed in institutes or thalassotherapy centers for many years. More and more widespread on the market of holistic care, they are much talked about and for good reason. Beauty products and food supplements based on seaweed, whether marine or freshwater, have many benefits.
What are the best seaweeds for facial care? On which edible seaweed to bet in cure?
At Days of Confidence, we wanted to summarize their main properties and take you on a discovery of our favorite algae.
Why use algae in cosmetics and health?
Above all because algae are natural ingredients and highly beneficial for the health and beauty of the skin!
Here is a summary of their main properties:
Algae have a detox effect
Algae help cleanse the body in two ways. On the one hand, they facilitate the evacuation of heavy metals through alginates, compounds they contain and which have the ability to form gels and “capture” pollutants. On the other hand, when they are consumed orally, they stimulate the emunctories (ways of evacuation of waste and toxins) via the fibres, mucilages and/or chlorophyll they contain. Thus, they effectively "chelate" foreign chemicals that may be present in our body, to promote their natural elimination.
Seaweed is very rich in micronutrients
Algae also show a non-negligible content of vegetable proteins, essential fatty acids (omega-3), vitamins and minerals... They are inexpensive nutrient bombs to produce for the planet, provided they are raised in good conditions. Indeed, the detox effect mentioned above requires a 100% pure environment, otherwise the algae risk trapping elements harmful to health.
The micronutrients contained in seaweed help nourish the skin in depth and limit tissue inflammation. The combination of their detoxifying effect and this complete supply of micronutrients is particularly interesting for the beauty of the skin and overall well-being.
Algae have remarkable antioxidant properties against aging
Algae finally help to protect our cells against oxidative stress caused by free radicals and responsible for the signs of aging. They contain vitamins A, C and E and minerals such as zinc and selenium, all of which are powerful antioxidants.
Brown algae, such as Kombu and Wakame, are specifically high in polyphenols. Green algae, such as Spirulina and Chlorella, contain a lot of carotenoids. Phycocyanin, the blue-green pigment found in spirulina and other cyanobacteria - commonly referred to as algae - is also a recognized antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
As you will have understood, algae have every interest in being introduced into our skincare routines, in the form of cosmetic products and food supplements. Now let's see how to do it.
How to integrate algae into daily skin care?
To go in this direction, adopting a daily care containing algae is a rich idea! At Days of Confidence, we have formulated the Energizing Face Serum , a fluid and light tonic treatment for every day, with a red algae native to Brittany, Palmaria palmata extract. From the Rhodophyceae family, it is a common species on the Channel and Atlantic coasts, from Greenland to the French coasts. Concentrated in vitamins A and B12, polysaccharides and carrageenans, it stimulates skin microcirculation with regulated efficacy, which stabilizes over time. It brings to our formula an optimal efficiency on redness and its prevention. It also allows this Serum to oxygenate the skin and maintain its elasticity and firmness.
Apply it to your clean, dry face avoiding the eye area and massage gently for a few seconds until the product has penetrated the skin well. Do not hesitate to test our combinatorial approach by completing this beauty gesture with a well-being treatment...
How to consume seaweed for more benefits on the body?
Highly nutritious, seaweed is also very relevant on the plate, as superfoods, or, more concentrated, in the form of dietary supplement cures. In addition to seaweed tartare, Asian broths and Spirulina flakes, bet on well-made capsules!
At Days of Confidence, and for all the reasons mentioned above, we have chosen to integrate them with the Detox complexes, anti-dull complexion and revitalizing the body, and Radiance , radiance booster.
It contains organic Chlorella and Lithothamne.
Rich in chlorophyll and vitamins C and E, Chlorella is particularly detoxifying. Indeed, the various studies conducted on it prove that the consumption of this seaweed has reduced the level of toxins present in the body of subjects who consume it regularly. The great diversity of nutrients present in Chlorella alone explains the detoxifying and antioxidant properties of this freshwater algae. Consuming it in the form of cures promotes the elimination of toxins, waste and free radicals accumulated by the body.
Coming from Iceland, Lithothamne is, for its part, a red alga of the Corallinaceae family gathered in colonies in the shallow seabed (10 to 60 meters). It is found in Brittany, England, Norway, Iceland and the Mediterranean Sea. Sometimes called Merl or Maer, this seaweed is an important source of trace elements, identified in number 19.
Our current diet brings an exaggerated dose of acids to the body (fats, sugars, stimulants, etc.). At the same time, we often suffer from deficiencies in vitamins and trace elements, which prevents the neutralization and efficient transformation of these acids by our body. Consequently, the latter draws on its reserves of mineral bases, resulting in a phenomenon of demineralization. Lithothamnium is an algae capable of filling these losses thanks to the mineral substances it contains, thus allowing complete remineralization.
It is based on a European Microalgae very rich in omega-3, especially DHA, and totally devoid of marine pollutants: schizochytrium.
DHA is found in our cell membranes naturally. Our body needs a daily dose of DHA to renew its cells and strengthen their membranes. However, if the body manufactures it naturally, it does not manufacture enough! Food supplements enriched with DHA are therefore extremely useful to our body.
However, the quality of cell membranes is the guarantee of:
preserve our mental health;
develop our intellectual faculties;
reduce blood pressure;
It keeps the skin in perfect health while protecting it from certain epidermal diseases. Allergies, psoriasis and especially acne, as long as it is not of hormonal origin, can be considerably improved by this increased intake of omega-3s.
Algae have earned their title of champion of natural beauty and well-being. All you have to do is try them out, to definitely adopt them.