From ancient times, man has sought his destiny on the sea. We are of the sea. Life began there and our ties to this wonderful and mysterious marine environment are strong. So, isn’t it only natural that on our island nation, the UK, we seek to use elements of the sea in eco-friendly skin care products? Here’s some information about marine-based skin therapies and natural beauty products.
What is Thalassotherapy?
Wikipedia.org tells us that thalassotherapy is the “medical use of seawater. The properties of seawater are believed to have beneficial effects upon the pores of the skin.” Developed in the 19th in France, thalassotherapy “skin treatment is applied in various forms such as showers of warmed sea water, application of marine mud or algae paste or the inhalation of sea fog.” Thalassotherapy revitalizes the skin while toning and moisturizing it. While most of us can’t travel to the region of the Dead Sea where this therapy is popular, we can enjoy the benefits of marine-based ingredients in skin products.
The Benefits of Algae as a Skin Care Ingredient
Algae are ubiquitous in our marine environment and are rich in components that help regulate the production of sebum in the skin. Sebum is an oil that protects the skin and lubricates it as well. Algae also contain B vitamins and are thought to play a role in the production of elastin and collagen, two important components of firm skin that diminish over time. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Other Ingredients Found in Marine-Based Skin Care Products
Marine-based all natural skin care products use purified seawater that is rich in minerals. Other important ingredients are seaweed extract, sea parsley and coral weed, all of which have skin-protecting properties. It’s interesting to note that the granddaughter of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau is the spokesperson for a line of oceanic skin care products made by the Swiss company La Prairie. Shoplaprairie.com tells us that the company has developed a “proprietary aquaculture, with procedures comparable to the hydroponic growth of land plants, In order to harvest, extract and ferment these ocean botanicals and derive… exclusive protective benefits.” These natural skin care sea-based ingredients provide skin-calming and skin-nourishing benefits, while stimulating collagen production.
For eco-friendly skin care in the UK, great alternatives to land-based ingredient formulations are natural skin care products containing the ancient secrets of the sea.
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