By Bess O’Connor
Who doesn’t feel better after a holiday by a sea? Our hair seems thicker, our skin is softer and we just seem to glow with health.
There’s good reason for this. Being seaside brings many benefits. For example, a dermatological study reported in the Oxford-based medical journal Skin Research And Technology confirms that seawater has a beneficial effect on cases of dermatitis and psoriasis. The researchers said the individual compounds in seawater – namely salt and potassium chloride — are the main healers for dry, damaged skin.
Besides that, as any beach bunny knows, sand naturally exfoliates our skin and even lying on the beach will give it a bit of a scrub. And of course, there are all the benefits seaweed can bring to your skin, including anti-inflammatory and detoxing properties.
Here, we’ve selected 10 wonderful marine based beauty products that deliver the best benefits of the sea directly to your skin. You could say they’re a seaside holiday in a jar!
Can’t relax on the beach? Steep in pure bliss in your own bath with these unique and fragrant bath salts that are also the perfect gift for a loved one. These salts three-in-one bath therapies combine restorative mineral sea salts, which are thought to be able to detox the body and soothe skin. There’s also lovely essential oils, and curative herbs and flowers in a range of scents, from lavender and rose to citrus zing and mint.
I admit I originally wanted to try this product for it’s super cute name, but I continued using it because it actually made my skin feel and look much cleaner. Organic Sea Kelp and Spirulina are both included in this incredibly detoxifying mask, which is formulated specifically for skin that tends to blemish. Premium Kaolin, French Green and Zeolite Clay draw out the impurities and blackheads from your pores while regulating excess sebum production. And with the infusion of underwater plants – it’s high in nutrients and minerals, including Calcium, Iodine, Iron, Potassium, Vitamin B1, B2, B12 and polysaccharides.
This scentless, gentle, omega-rich multi-algae serum is full of active sea-based ingredients that give lasting hydration and instant collagen-plumping effect to visibly even out lines and wrinkles. Still not got any fine lines? It’s also packed with anti-oxidant packed complexes which help undo the environmental damage that can lead to wrinkles, and it boosts your skin’s radiance, no matter what your age.
Even the name ‘Calypso Glow’ reminds us of holidays! The whole range includes ingredients you’d find on a beach, be it seaweed, sand, coconut or lemon/lime oils. Containing coconut and olive oil, as well as seaweed and sea salt, this gentle scrub makes your skin feel as though you’ve been on a beach for weeks. Seaweed extracts and vitamin E combine to ensure that after you slough off all those nasty dead cells, the new ones underneath are generously hydrated and nourished to give you a beachy glow no matter what the season. And of course, unlike many big-brand scrubs, there are NO nasty microbeads in this completely earth-friendly formula!
This lush, potent formula lifts the skin and re-contours facial definition. Packed with luxurious caviar extract, which contains essential amino acids, this super-rich cream also has acerola extract to protect your skin from free radicals. And the best part? It goes on like a dream and leaves even the driest skin moist and glowing, making it the perfect winter cream for those in cold climates. We love this one so much, we decided to carry it in our shop. Get yours here.
Ishga’s entire range of skincare is based around the beauty power of all-natural, sea derived ingredients. This extremely gentle face cream is perfect for all skin types and packs a powerful blend of organic ingredients as well as Scottish seaweed extracts–pure Hebridean Seaweed, to be exact. Scotland is known for the purity of its waters, so Hebridean natural spring water is used to make this formula, which softens, repairs and moisturises leaving a protective barrier that helps rejuvenate and protect the skin from environmental damage.
A whopping 16 natural ingredients come together in a lovely, deep blue glass bottle to boost your skin’s collagen production. The key marine ingredient here is a Marine Plant Stem Cell Complex that reduces pigmentation whilst protecting the skin from anti-oxidants, but there’s also loads of seaweed extracts to hydrate and refresh. When this is first applied with the dainty, hygeinic dropper, it feels a bit sticky, but after a few minutes the product penetrates the skin, leaving a silky smooth finish. I love that it’s also packed with vitamins A, C, E and F, and that there’s anti-inflammatory MSM, too. No wonder this is a huge cult favourite!
We all know that the first signs of age show up around the eyes–fine lines, dark circles and puffiness mainly. To diffuse the puffiness, drink lots of water, and apply a good, gentle eye gel, like this one. It’s extremely gentle–in fact, it was designed for post-operative use for those who have undergone plastic surgery procedures–and uses the power of sea chamomile to reduce inflammation around the eye. Other ingredients include echinacea extract (for repairing damaged skin), hyaluronic acid (to moisturise) and cantella asiatica extract (to stimulate collagen production). Although it was specifically designed for use around the eyes, we’ve found this light, easily absorbed gel is also perfect for preventing fine lines around the lips and neck, too.
Osea is another brand that’s all about the sea-based ingredients! This lovely glass bottle is full of a pink hued toner (thanks to the high concentrates of pomegranate and red wine extracts), but don’t let the fruits fool you–this product is all about the sea! Organic, mineral-rich Gigartina algae helps balance oil production and stimulate cell regeneration; whilst the fruitier pomegranate helps promote collagen production and improve tone; and the red wine extracts are heavy with antioxidants. The vegan-friendly formula on the whole is refreshing and gentle, and perfect for oilier skins.
Feeling that your pores are a touch too wide? Shrink them down with this Kaolin Clay-powered mask whilst drawing out impurities and toxins with potent Japanese Seaweed Extract. Other key ingredients of this all natural product include Shea Butter and Aloe Vera to give hydration and condition the skin, Liquorice extract to help minimise inflammation and Rose Water to soothe irritation and add a touch of lovely scent. The mask also provides natural micro-exfoliation to stimulate cell renewal for firmer and younger skin, making it ideal for anti-aging concerns & problematic skin types.
Do you have any marine-based beauty product that work like a charm? Let us know in the comments below!