If you are a regular spa customer, odds are you have seen some sort of spa treatment that features seaweed extract as a main ingredient.  Some of the best spa treatments in the world, such as facials, masks, and other therapeutic skin treatments, leverage the power of seaweed extract to promote healthier skin.  Seaweed extract promotes skin hydration as well as tightening of the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as a cellular nutrient.

What is Seaweed?

Seaweed is a popular ingredient in many spa treatments worldwide.  Luxury spas include seaweed as a primary ingredient in many of their masks.

What does Seaweed do for the skin?

  • Stimulates and improves blood and lymph circulation
  • Revitalizes the skin
  • Firms the skin
  • Re-establishes natural moisture levels
  • Nourishes the skin
  • Oxygenates the skin
  • Detoxifies the skin

The benefits of seaweed to the skin include:

  • Re-balancing
  • Nourishing
  • Hydrating
  • Cell regenerating
  • Re-mineralizing

These benefits are achieved due to the concentration of the following elements:

  • Mineral salts
  • Amino acids
  • Vitamins A, C, B1, B12, E, PP, K,  D
  • Trace elements

Seaweed has a complete spectrum of minerals, which makes it easy to absorb into the skin, adding texture and tone to the skin.

Many of the best skin products use seaweed extract for its natural ability to detoxify and purify the skin.  It can be found in facial moisturizers, body moisturizers, eye serums and eye creams.

You can find both red and green seaweed extract as an ingredient in some of the below items:

Many other skin products use seaweed extract, not just the latest spa treatments.  If you take a long look around you are sure to find that some of the most effective, and best-selling skin care products use seaweed extract as one of the active ingredients.

Science shows that seaweeds are especially rich in cosmetically active compounds such as uronic acid, fucose polymers, sulfated polygalactosides – including mineral salts, iodinated compounds, proteins, carbohydrates, amoni acids, organic acids, and vitamins.  Seaweed extracts combine the proteins of the outer layer of the skin and the hair, forming protective moisturizing complexes.  Fucose polymers retain water and act as hydrating agents.  Seaweed extracts, for this reason, work to hydrate and soften the skin.  Efficient hydration increases the effect of the micro elements and essential metabolites facilitating penetration into the skin enhancing the skin’s natural ability to repair itself.  Irritation caused by shaving and depilation is decreased by application of seaweed extracts.

Here is a popular spa treatment that features seaweed extract:

The Four Seasons Seaweed Mask

The mysteries of the seas and the abundance of the oceans’ depths come together in this highly nourishing seaweed treatment. As the last remnants of the mask are smoothed away, your skin is left silky, smooth and glowing.  For additional benefit,  add an anti-cellulite treatment to this mask.


Photo Credit:  Four Seasons Website