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Make a Splash With Seaweed

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: June 1, 2009, from the June 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Seaweed draws a wealth of mineral, macro and trace elements from the sea, as well as amino and fatty acids. For skin, it soothes, moisturizes, helps fight aging, offers anticellulite properties, improves suppleness and elasticity, cleanses and tones.5 It also can serve as an effective treatment for conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, dermatits and acne.6

At the Bella Pelle Beautiful Skin Medical Spa in Encinitas, California, clients can choose the Seaweed Detoxification Treatment, which stimulates and detoxifies, allowing for deep penetration of the trace elements, vitamins and amino acids in the seaweed and sea water components. The Age Defying Seaweed Wrap at Viva Day Spa in Austin, Texas, hydrates, tones and reduces fine lines while helping diminish cellulite; and the Seaweed Body Wrap is a component of The Fountain Journey from The Fountain European Spa in Hackensack, New Jersey. The Desert Heat Body Wrap from Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa in Sharon, Pennsylvania, combines red seaweed and desert mud to help reduce fatigue and stress; and check out the step-by-step how-to recipe for the Seaweed Rejuvenation Facial from Spa Shiki at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri, to help renew your client’s complexion.

Skin care products contain a variety of different seaweed as well, subscribing to its multitude of benefits. Thalgo La Beauté Marine’s Ocea Skin Moisturising Supplements combine omega-3 and -6, vitamin E and Odontella aurita algae to help skin lacking in vitality and moisture; and most of Repêchage’s product line includes seaweed, such as its Perfecting Concealer, which conceals imperfections while helping to reduce puffiness under the eyes. Esente’s Red Volcanic Seaweed Complex for traumatized skin helps provide cellular energy and combats oxidation and free radical damage, and SeaFlora Wild Organic Seaweed Skincare from Outer Coast Seaweeds is created from 12 different types of seaweed.

Just the right time

Even if McDonald’s was before its time with the McLean, it did take a small step in introducing the American public to this little-respected algae. This plant powerhouse is a must-have for your spa treatments and cuisine, and if you feel unsure, go ahead and try something new. Perhaps it is just the right time to make a splash.