OCEAN TREA­SURES: 5 Sea- In­spired In­gre­di­ents

Better Nutrition - - NATURAL BEAUTY -

An­cient is­land cul­tures knew that soak­ing in the ocean can im­prove skin ir­ri­ta­tions, such as der­mati­tis and eczema, and help re­lieve aches and pains. Adding sea salt crys­tals to a re­lax­ing bath is as pop­u­lar to­day with spas world­wide as it was in an­cient Ro­man times.

The min­er­als in sea­wa­ter help strengthen skin, stim­u­late blood cir­cu­la­tion, re­move tox­ins, and reg­u­late fluid re­ten­tion. Like most vi­ta­mins, min­er­als are not pro­duced by the body and are grad­u­ally lost through­out the day. Since your skin is your largest or­gan, re­plen­ish­ing min­er­als is crit­i­cal to the health of your skin and your health in gen­eral.

Sea salt is a nat­u­ral exfoliator, mak­ing it an ideal body scrub to slough off dead skin. Min­eral- rich sea salt tossed in a bath or used as a scrub has the added ben­e­fits of im­prov­ing skin tone, bal­anc­ing its pH, and en­cour­ag­ing skin re­pair and hy­dra­tion. Sea salt sprays can also add tex­ture to hair.

An­other beauty se­cret from the oceans is sea­weed. This marine mir­a­cle nat­u­rally cleanses and pu­ri­fies skin, help­ing soothe ir­ri­ta­tion and im­prove elas­tic­ity. It also helps re­duce signs of ag ing by ton­ing, smooth­ing, moisturizing, and stim­u­lat­ing skin cells.

There are more than 20,000 va­ri­eties of sea­weed, which con­tain vi­ta­mins A,B , B , C, D, and E, as well as high lev­els of mag­ne­sium and potas­sium salts. The con­cen­tra­tion of trace el­e­ments is 10 times greater in sea­weed than in soil- grown plants, which is partly due to the abun­dant min­eral con­tent of sea­wa­ter. Sea­weed is a key in­gre­di­ent in face and body prod­ucts to man­age wrin­kles and acne, detox, and mois­tur­ize.

Like sea­weed, tiny al­gae are packed with vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, an­tiox­i­dants, and pro­teins that strengthen and nour­ish skin. There are many types of al­gae, in­clud­ing blue- green spir­ulina, that bal­ance skin’s nat­u­ral pH, pre­vent­ing ir­ri­ta­tion and in­fec­tion. Al­gae’s high con­cen­tra­tion of beta- carotene de­fends against free rad­i­cal dam­age by cre­at­ing a bar­rier of nat­u­ral sun pro­tec­tion. You’ll find it in a va­ri­ety of fa­cial masks, cleansers, and mois­tur­iz­ers.

Har­vested from microalgae and re­spon­si­ble for the pink color of salmon, flamin­gos, shrimp, and lob­ster, astaxanthin is one of na­ture’s most po­tent an­tiox­i­dants. It has been found to be 6,000 times more pow­er­ful than vi­ta­min C in neu­tral­iz­ing free rad­i­cals and 1,000 times more ef­fec­tive than both beta- carotene and lutein in pro­tect­ing the skin from ex­po­sure to UV light. Its pow­er­ful anti- in­flam­ma­tory ef­fects soothe ir­ri­ta­tion, in­crease mois­ture re­ten­tion and elas­tic­ity, shrink wrin­kles, and lighten age spots. It’s pop­ping up on the in­gre­di­ent la­bels of mois­tur­iz­ers and eye creams.

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