Posted: Apr 17, 2013 1:00 PM
 
For centuries, sea water has been utilized for therapeutic benefits. From the Roman Thermae to the French thalassotherapy centers, people used sea water to soak away stress, relieve sore muscles, treat skin ailments like eczema, and contour and firm their body. But since not all of us can travel to the Brittany Coast of France to experience pure thalassotherapy, read on for ways to incorporate the healing powers of seaweed into your daily routine.

Seaweed, a concentration of sea water, is like a portable ocean. Rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and trace elements, it harnesses all the power and vitality of the sea and delivers benefits like hydration, reduced inflammation, nutrition, improved circulation and more. Because of this, seaweed is the perfect ingredient for skin care, hair care, body care and wellness — from anti-aging moisturizers to spirulina nutritional supplements.

Many varieties

There are actually over 20,000 various types of sea plants (or species) worldwide, all with a unique name, look and benefit.

And while you may know the word seaweed as a general term to describe these amazing plants that live in the sea, sea plants, such as Laminaria Digitata, provide super hydration and moisture retention. While others, like Ulva Lactuca is known for its ability to improve skin elasticity — Laminaria Saccharina is known to reduce skin's sebum (oil) — and Pelvetia Canaliculata is known to brighten and even tone the complexion.

These super sea plants are extremely powerful, yet completely natural. And while there is already amazing information that proves their beauty and wellness benefits, there is still so much research to be done to harness the powers of these natural seaweeds. Clearly, this super ingredient is not just for sushi!

What to look forIsolated sea salt

When researching beauty and food products that contain seaweed, make sure that seaweed is listed at the top of the ingredient list (which means there's more of it in the product). Also, ask companies where they source their seaweed (cold and unpolluted waters are best!) and where the seaweed is harvested. Wreck or shore seaweed is less desirable than deep sea seaweed that is harvested by deep sea divers.

So bathe your skin and body from head to toe with seaweed — it's truly a super ingredient that is steeped in ancient traditions! For more information on seaweed visit Repêchage.

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