We have all spotted a range of seaweed-infused products in beauty houses and stores and many of us swear by such products to take care of our oily and greasy skin. Seaweed is a great naturally derived ingredient from the sea (if it wasn’t obvious) that blesses your skin in many more ways than you can think. Seaweed refers to all the marine plants and algae found on the bed of the ocean, making it an abundantly available resource. “Seaweed is a nutrient and supports detox and cleansing. It has the ability to support collagen production due to its deep nutrient content,” shares Dr Chytra Anand, Celebrity Cosmetic Dermatologist & Founder of Kosmoderma Clinics.
Seaweed for Oily Skin: Seaweed is usually endorsed for oily skin types because of its ability to regulate oil production. “It helps oily skin to control breakouts due to its anti-inflammatory properties,” adds Dr Anand. Seaweed is undoubtedly great for oily skin because it cuts down the oil film on the skin sans dehydrating the skin or sucking out all the moisture. Seaweed also helps with breakouts and acne which is why it’s great for oily and combination skin types.
Benefits of Seaweed: But wait, seaweed has a lot of interesting benefits and we think other skin types could make use of it too. Here’s why:
Anti-ageing: “This is the most frequent application of seaweed as it promotes collagen production due to the mineral content,” says Dr Anand. Seaweed is rich in antioxidants that speed up collagen production and help to fight free radicals, fine lines and wrinkles.
Locks moisture: Seaweed is packed with vitamin E and fatty acids that help to lock in the moisture. “Hydrating properties of seaweed help to hydrate the skin’s surface which reduces the surface sensitivity,” says Dr Anand. “It also reduces acne, rosacea and skin inflammation”, adds Dr Anand.
Brightens the skin: The vitamin C content in seaweed delivers glow and radiance while fading the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation.
Soothes the skin: Seaweed has excellent calming properties that can heal sensitive skin and soothe any inflammation and redness.
Therefore, it’s clear that the benefits of seaweed can be availed by all skin types including oily skin. You can include seaweed in your skincare routine in the form of face cleansers, toners, face masks, face creams and gels and also face scrubs. Say hello to brighter, detoxified and healthier skin with seaweed.