Marine ingredients are set to make a splash in the green beauty world in 2016. With their potent antioxidant properties and high mineral content, this wave of aquatic plant-based beauty treats is well and truly deserved.
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Spirulina is a form of blue-green algae which contains most of the protein you need to live whilst also helping to prevent allergies, strengthening your immune system, and controlling high blood pressure. These are just some of the reasons why spirulina is being seriously considered as a sustainable source of food to help end world hunger. Spirulina, unlike many other types of algae used in beauty treatments comes from fresh water rather than the ocean.
This potent mask is full of calming and rejuvenating ingredients to help detoxify and repair the skin. The powder form means that you can easily make time for a pamper session as there’s barely any prep-time.
Not only is spirulina good for inner beauty, it’s also abundant in vitamins, amino acids and has excellent antibacterial properties which help to keep pores clear. It contains more antioxidants that blueberries meaning it can fight free radical damage, preventing age spots, lines, and wrinkles. As well as being a powerful antioxidant, spirulina is also an excellent anti-inflammatory, making it a good choice for those who suffer with troublesome skin.
Many varieties of seaweed are packed with a whole host of vitamins and minerals and a handful of studies have even shown seaweed to have promising anti-ageing and skin healing properties.
It’s the rich source of minerals and trace elements that increases skin hydration and helps to plump and smooth the skins surface, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Whilst there are already many seaweed based beauty products on the market, there’s a new algae making waves. It’s been hailed as the next wonder anti-ageing ingredient and has got beauty journalists and editors from around the UK buzzing with excitement. Wakame is an edible seaweed that, when eaten, is a fantastic source of magnesium, iodine, calcium plus many more vitamins and minerals to help prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes, blood clotting, and obesity.
The Japanese have been reaping the benefits of this super-seaweed for decades through diet and cosmetics. However, their skincare secret is set to become one of 2016’s biggest beauty trends as the industry begins to embrace the healing powers of the deep blue sea. The beauty industry version is called Phytessence Wakame, it has been extracted and purified making it easier to incorporate into formulas.
Phytessence Wakame has the ability to repel the enzyme, hyaluronidase, that breaks down hyaluronic acid within our skin. Hyaluronic acid is a key protein which is essential for a soft, smooth complexion. Hyaluronic acid begins to decrease in our mid-twenties and our bodies need to keep up the high levels of hyaluronic acid if we want to maintain youthful looking skin. Wakame’s ability to repel this ageing enzyme makes it clear to see how the addition of wakame in your beauty regime can help you achieve a healthier complexion.
Whilst wakame is still relatively unheard of in the UK, organic beauty pioneers Green People have harnessed the powers of wakame and formulated a revolutionary new product: Beauty Boost – set to launch in March 2016. This exciting beauty launch means that you can be one of the first to enjoy all the potent beauty benefits that wakame has to offer for under £20.
French Green Clay
French green clay, also known as ‘sea clay’, is a fine, pale green powder that has been long known for its detoxifying benefits thanks to its unique mineral composition consisting of silica, magnesium, calcium, and dolomite to name a few.
French green clay is a favourite for troublesome skin as it removes impurities, reduces inflammation and gentle exfoliates. It’s highly absorbent and effectively removes excess oil whilst its ionic charge means that it acts like a magnet and has the ability to grip onto impurities which are then washed away after the treatment is done.
Whilst many varieties of aquatic plants have excellent beauty-boosting properties, they don’t always smell too great! Adding a few drops of essential oils to your recipe can add a therapeutic scent along with a whole host of skin benefits. For this recipe I’ve chosen 2 drops of rosemary essential oil for it’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and oil controlling properties and 2 drops of frankincense oil as it evens skin tone and helps to fade scars as well as having toning and firming properties.
- ½ cup dried wakame/seaweed (blended till it’s a fine powder)
- 2 Tbsp Spirulina
- 2 Tbsp French Green Clay (or any clay will do)
- 2 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
- 2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil (or 4 drops of essential oils of your choice)
- Add the blended wakame, spirulina, clay, and essential oils to a mixing bowl and whisk till combined.
- Decant mix into a small jar (this powder blend can be kept for 3 months in a cool, dry place).
- Add 1 tbsp of liquid (water/ACV/yogurt/honey) into your mixing bowl first. (This prevents the seaweed from turning into a thick gel too quickly as it starts to re-hydrate.)
- Slowly add small amounts of your powder mix to the water whilst continuously stirring.
- Once thoroughly mixed into a smooth paste, apply to your skin with a foundation brush.
- Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse off with a cloth.
- Pat your skin dry and finish with your favourite moisturiser.