Marine Botanical Extracts

Thalassotherapy is the ancient art that employs sea water and sea plants for therapeutic purposes. Sea water therapy has been used in Europe as a natural remedy to treat not only digestive, circulatory, and arthritic conditions, but also to improve the skin’s complexion. Marine botanicals, primarily from some of the thousands of species of seaweed, contain the same minerals and trace elements as sea water, but in higher concentrations, and with added vitamins, many of which are anti-oxidants.

Marine-derived ingredients are some of the most nutrient-rich life forms in nature. The nutritive properties make it desirable for skin and hair care as it cleanses, purifies, tones, firms, softens and hydrates. Seaweeds have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, moisturizing, and antibiotic properties.

•Seaweed is a name applied to three classes of algae that live in seawater.
Red – In addition to chlorophyll, red algae contain the pigments phycocyanin and phycoerythrin, which give this group their red coloration.
•Dulse, Irish Moss and Nori
Green – Over 5,000 species of green algae are known, mostly unicells or simple filaments from fresh water, but there are diverse green algae in tropical marine habitats. Green algae has chlorophyll a and b as well as secondary pigments.
Spirulina, Sea Lettuce
Brown Fucus or brown algae is rich in antioxidants and has a detoxifying benefit to the body. The 1,500 species of brown algae are almost exclusively found in marine habitats. The browns include the largest of the seaweeds. These are predominately antibacterial, cleansing and regenerative,
•Kelp, Kombu, Bladderwrack, Laminaria, Wakame, Sea Palm

Bladderwrack: Fucus vesiculosus / Brown algae
Anti-Aging, Anti-inflammatory, Nutritive, Softens Skin, Hair Shine, Skin
Firming, Healing, Skin Elasticity, Skin Soothing
Dulse: Palmaria palmata / Red algae
Cleansing, Toning, Skin Soothing, Nutritive, Healing, Anti-Cellulite
Irish Moss: Chondrus crispus/Red algae
Emollient, Moisturizing, Sheaths damaged or dry hair, Nutritive, Skin
Soothing, Anti-Inflammatory
Kelp/Kombu: Macrocystis pyrifera /Brown algae
Anti-Inflammatory, Nutritive, Skin Elasticity, Healing, Skin Softening,
Moisturizing
Laminaria: Laminaria digitata/Brown algae
De-Toxification, Revitalizing and Firming for Skin, Purifying, Nutritive,
Anti-Cellulite
Nori/Laver: Porphyra umbilicalis /Red algae
Stimulates Hair Growth, Strengthens Hair, Nutritive, Moisturizing
Sea Lettuce: Ulva lactuca/Green algae
Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, Skin Elasticity, Collagen Synthesis,
Anti-Wrinkle, Emollient, Moisturizing
Sea Palm: Postelsia palmaeformis/Brown algae
Skin Softening, Anti-Wrinkle, Nourishing, Moisturizing, Anti-Inflammatory,
Antiseptic, Hair Shine
Spirulina: Spirulina maxima/Blue algae
Anti aging, Anti-Wrinkle, Collagen Synthesis, Anti-Inflammatory, Nourishing
Wakame: Undaria pinnatifida/Brown algae
Antioxidant, Skin revitalizing, Anti Wrinkle, Moisturizing, Skin Smoothing,
Sunscreen, Anti-Obesity