No need to go out searching for synthetic skin replenishers, when the earth provides natural herbs and plants that are super beneficial for our skin. Sea kelp, or kelp, is a leaf like algae found in the ocean. Kelp is filled with tons of vitamins and minerals that are not only great for your skin, but beneficial to the improvement of your overall health.
With markets raving about the perks of kelp, there has been a new wave of kelp products developed in order to add some convenience to the lives of consumers who are trying to add a little kelp in their diet. From dietary supplements to ice creams to skin care products and bar soaps, kelp is everywhere!
So what exactly are these benefits that people are raving about? Sea kelp is a natural source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E, as well as minerals including zinc, iodine, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper and calcium. Minerals such as iodine help remove free radicals that produce chemicals that accelerate ageing in the skin. Iodine is also great for regulating your thyroid gland. The hormones in the thyroid helps regulate the body’s growth energy production, promotes growth and reproduction (this goes for your skin cells too!), and assists in burning excess fat. Kelp has also been used to promote healthy hair and nail growth. When taken orally, the tropical protein contained in kelp helps regenerate nails. This is especially beneficial to our readers who love acrylic nails. While they may feel glamorous, acrylic nails can actually weaken your nail beds and that’s not so glamorous.
One product on the market that swears by sea kelp is La Mer. La Mer, owned by Estee Lauder, was invented by an aerospace physicist who wanted to heal his skin after suffering from severe chemical burns. While the ingredients in this product are not unusual, it is a blend of sea kelp, vitamins, and minerals, according to the marketing, it is not the ingredients that make the product; it is the way it is distilled. One ounce of La Mer moisturizing cream can cost you about $150.00. This is a whopping price tag for just some sea kelp. There are other cheaper alternatives, but La Mer customers swear by this product. If you ever feel like splurging on kelp infused skin care products, and are interested in naturally getting healthy, youthful skin then I would recommend trying this product. Other products containing sea kelp are: SkinActives Sea Kelp Coral, Sea Flora’s Sea Kelp Softening Facial Moisturizer, Sea Kelp Skin Balancing Organic Face Mask, and Paula’s Choice Resist Intensive Wrinkle Repair Retinol Serum. If you’re more interested in DIYs, try a kelp face mask.
As with everything in life, too much of one thing is never good for you. While kelp has all these natural vitamins and minerals, too much of kelp can cause health problems such as hyperthyroidism, arsenic poising (blame pollution), and Grave’s disease. Be sure to consult with your doctor before adding kelp regularly to your diet.
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By: Raven Irabor