Top 10 Most Powerful Marine Ingredients in Skincare

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We all want gorgeous skin. But did you know that our rivers, seas, and oceans are a source of several revolutionary skincare ingredients? These ingredients help detoxify, rejuvenate, restore, protect, and so much more. 

The earth is 71% water. And with it being one of the least explored regions of our world, who knows what other amazing skincare ingredients are just waiting to be discovered? But first, let’s dive into the top 10 best ocean-grown skincare that can help you transform your skin.  

1. Algae Extract

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Algae extract is absolutely packed with essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants that should help support your skin. It can detoxify, hydrate and also soothe skin that is irritated. It’s a wonderful ingredient that I will include in a variety of different serums and moisturizers. You can experiment with Algae extract by adding a few drops to your creams or lotions! 

Astaxanthin

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Another ingredient extracted from algae, Astaxanthin, is technically a pigment, but it provides us with some amazing skin benefits, too. It’s a potent antioxidant that often helps fight free-radicals that can cause damage to the cells of your skin and lead to wrinkles. It helps to ease fine lines, improve the elasticity of your skin, and protect it from UV damage. 

I’ll use this ingredient in a homemade anti-aging serum. But it would be wonderful in a variety of different moisturizing products. 

Dead Sea Mud

If you haven’t heard about the skin transforming powers of dead sea mud, then you’re in for a treat. This mud is no ordinary mud; its high mineral content makes it fantastic at exfoliating, detoxifying, and soothing for skin suffering from a variety of issues, such as acne, psoriasis, or eczema. 

You can only really get the best out of this product by including it in a body or face mask. It can even be applied to the skin as is. 

Marine Collagen

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Collagen is one of the important building blocks of our skin, and so supporting it with topical collagen treatments could help improve your skin. Marine collagen, which is extracted from various species of fish, can help restore elasticity and firmness. It is recommended to pair this with a collagen boosting peptide for an enhanced benefit. 

Use this one in your anti-aging creams and serums

Red Algae

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We’ve already discussed algae, but let’s zero in on red algae specifically. This one has high concentrations of vitamin c, which is known to help brighten skin and restore radiance. But it’s also rich in a number of proteins, vitamins and antioxidants. Studies show that it can also help protect against harmful UV rays and improve the moisture retention of our skin. 

Include red seaweed powder in a face mask or hydrating daytime serum, but always use it alongside a good quality SPF of 30 or above.

Fucoidan

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More seaweed! But this time it’s the brown kind. ‘Fucoidan’, or brown seaweed, has some unbelievable anti-aging benefits! It’s also moisturizing and anti-inflammatory too. Studies have shown that it also aids in the repair of our skin cells, as well as helping to protect it from potential environmental stressors. Seaweed never sounded so good!

Include this in an anti-aging serum or moisturizer. 

Pearl Extract

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Sounds so decadent, doesn’t it?! But pearls are no joke for our skin. They contain a variety of amino acids and minerals that can help to brighten the complexion of our skin. It’s also been found to reduce the appearance of pores too. Consider using this alongside a Vitamin C derivative in an emulsion for a brightening cream or mask that will restore your radiance. 

Kelp

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Our last mention of seaweed, I promise you! This unassuming fish food is a little different from our other kinds. It’s exceptionally high in iodine, which really helps to prevent dry skin and minimize flakiness. It’s also rich in many minerals and antioxidants to provide some anti-aging benefits, but it also works as an anti-inflammatory. 

I like to use this in a homemade exfoliator or toner. 

9. Oyster Shell Extract

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Oyster shell extract sounds a little out there, but it’s actually great for the skin! It’s rich in calcium and other minerals that are known to absorb impurities in the skin. Not only that, but these minerals revitalize our skin too, leaving it smoother and more supple. 

This one usually comes as a powder to mix into your exfoliating recipes or clay masks. 

10. Sea Buckthorn

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Sea buckthorn is not actually from the sea, however, they are a type of shrub native to the east coast of England. When extracted, sea buckthorn has a powerful ability to promote skin regeneration and elasticity, as well as being deeply hydrating for the skin. This is due to the abundance of antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids that will help nourish our skin. I recommend using this in a facial oil or serum recipe

Effective Homemade Wrinkle Cream That Works!

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This DIY wrinkle cream recipe is fantastic; it’s one of the first overnight creams I ever made. Aside from being considerably cheaper than commercial store-bought creams, it’s much gentler on your skin and often far more effective.
Get The Recipe: Effective Homemade Wrinkle Cream That Works

How To Make A Natural DIY Face Serum For Glowing Skin

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I use a DIY face serum for aging gracefully & achieving radiant, firm, and hydrated skin. It’s very intensive and highly concentrated; if you use this under your face cream, it will help it penetrate the skin. It will also boost hydration by forming a barrier to reduce water loss.
Get The Recipe: How To Make A Natural DIY Face Serum For Glowing Skin

How To Make DIY Lip Balm At Home – 7 Tried & Tested Recipes

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A while back I researched several other lip balms with beeswax, quite a few of them didn’t work out too well, but some did, and these were much better than store-bought varieties.

These recipes are not only soothing and nourishing but are also very easy and economical to make. And best of all they only contain 100% pure ingredients. I’ve written a whole post on the best lip balm recipe with beeswax, and I also posted on how to make homemade lip gloss! So I highly recommend you have a go at making that as well.

This article originally appeared on Savvy Homemade

Author: Angela Wills

Title: Founder and Author - Savvy Homemade

Expertise: Beauty Recipes, Skincare Formulation, Soapmaking, DIY Crafts, Parenting

Bio:

Angela Wills is an author, founder, and the driving force behind Savvy Homemade. With over fifteen years of experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to every post she writes. She is fearlessly dedicated to creating tried and tested beauty recipes, skincare formulations, soap recipes, and many other DIY crafts that will work for everyone. Angela has a Diploma in Skincare Formulation, is a proud member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, and infuses each DIY product with her passion and expertise.

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