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Ingredient Spotlight: Seaweed

Marine plants and extracts can revitalize our skin, hair and overall health; from seaweed baths to sushi wraps, getting a dose of sea greens will make you glow inside and out. It may be slimy, sludgey and perhaps lacking in the glamour area, but seaweed is packed with an unusually high concentration of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. For the skin. The wide array of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids contained in seaweed is known to do wonders for the skin – like hydrate, nourish, promote elasticity, and increase blood flow to its surface. The ocean’s plants are able to survive extreme conditions and often adapt to changing environments, giving them potent powers to be harnessed for renewing the look of skin. It’s this resilience and restorative ability that make seaweed and marine extracts so valuable in skincare terms. Whether you suffer from spots, sensitivity or skin like the Sahara desert, seaweed can help. Interested in trying it? Check out our Sea Veggie Body Treatment and Facial Masque! We can't get enough of it! Especially during these winter months. IMG_9753 For the hair. Similarly, seaweed is thought to give shine, texture, and nourishment to the hair by being applied externally (many hair products contain seaweed extract for this reason) – and eating it is believed to help hair grow faster, as well.

Just as skin drinks in seaweed’s fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, so does hair. Like a protein shake for your locks, marine extracts help hair to rebuild itself and grow stronger.

For the body. Seaweed is exceptionally rich in iodine and a rare food source of vanadium, a mineral that is required in trace amounts to assist carbohydrate metabolism. Magnesium, calcium and vitamin K are well represented too along with iron and vitamin C. Research suggests that seaweed may have anti-inflammatory properties as well as antioxidant and anti-viral capabilities. Any seaweed lovers out there? If so, let us know why you love it! XO Kimberley

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