19 July 2010 19:49
MAKE A SEA CHANGE TO YOUR SKIN (from the London Metro, 1 July)
Just add water: This summer, ocean-based products are making a serious splash in the skincare market. Amanda Brown looks at what’s on offer.
What the experts say...
Georgie Cleeve, founder of OSKIA
“It’s not hard to understand why algae, in all its forms, in such a wonderful skincare ingredient. It grows in a natural way without any human meddling. There is no genetic manipulation, no fertiliser or pesticides, just the sea, light and tides. Algae’s lack of roots necessitates the absorption of nutrients directly from seawater. Because of this, algae is known for being ten times richer in trace elements (minerals, amino acids and polysaccharides, which are natural sugars) that most land-loving plants. These trace elements are brilliant for soothing skin, aiding hydration and tissue renewal, and helping the skin’s defences.”
Sensitive Little Flowers....for sensitive skin
Marine-based skincare is ideal for sensitive skin due to its soothing properties. Georgie Cleeve says: “Algae extracts are ideal for sensitive skin as they contain high levels of natural anti-inflammatories, are fantastic hydration boosters, have exceptional water-binding and gel-forming properties, and are delightfully pure.
Most importantly, however, their key soothing and hydrating qualities do not mean they skimp on anti-ageing efficacy. For example, Laminaria japonica, a particularly nutritious type of brown algae, is exceptionally rich in a moisture-retaining compound called fucoidan, but also has highly effective immune-stimulating, anti-coagulating and anti-ageing activity.
And carrageenan extract (known as Irish Moss), found in the cold waters of the Atlantic, is packed with minerals, proteins and vitamins – excellent for soothing and softening inflamed skins due to its incredibly pure iodine, bromine and sulphur compounds.” You can find both of these ingredients in OSKIA’s Eye Wonder and Get Up & Glow.