Are the secrets to younger, firmer-looking skin buried deep with the ocean?
The beauty world and indeed the anti aging community have embraced a wealth of marine ingredients like seaweed, salt water, fish collagen, and sea buckthorn in recent years. But one ingredient that’s been around for so long now is almost being ignored by the plethora of newer sea-based anti aging creams and products hitting the market.
It is Dead Sea algae, also known as Dunaliella Salina. This saltwater-grown algae is nutrient-rich and has many properties that are known to revitalize and rejuvenate your skin.
If your aging skin seems dull, dry, and lacking that desired natural glow, you should give Dead Sea algae a try. It could literally be “just what the doctor ordered.”
Dead Sea algae is a special type of microalga that is specific to the Dead Sea. Like other algae, it grows in salt water and contains multiple skin benefits. Algae are extremophiles, meaning they thrive in harsh environmental conditions and are able to survive and multiply by their ability to heal themselves. The rare algae can only be found in the Dead Sea in the Middle East. It is the algae’s natural ability to thrive in an extremely harsh environment like the Dead Sea that gives it its amazing skin healing and regenerative powers.
Dead Sea algae has some amazing antioxidant properties, which are vital for good skin care. The ingredient works to soothe the skin and has UV-absorbing and amino acid properties that help with brightening, hydrating, moisturizing, and several other anti aging benefits for cracked, dry, and wrinkled skin.
Maegan Giffin, MSN-NP-C, founder of Skin Pharm, says that using algae or seaweed in skincare is becoming increasingly popular, as many of us are looking to use products with more natural ingredients.
“Marine plants have been used in natural skin remedies for centuries by many different cultures around the world,” she says. “Dead Sea algae are rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, and lipids and are deemed safe in cosmetics, too.”
She adds that the beta carotene found in algae produces vitamin A (aka retinol), which helps promote cell turnover and stimulates new skin cell production and collagen while promoting skin healing. Most importantly, it strengthens the skin’s lipid barrier, balances the skin’s microbial levels, and improves the skin’s PH.
Dead Sea algae may not be the proverbial Fountain of Youth, but its antioxidative powers and proven benefits for skin rejuvenation make it something you should really consider adding to your daily anti aging regimen.