There’s something deeply restorative about a day at the beach. That's why we’re soaking up the sun and the surf as much as possible as we head into the final days of summer. But of course we worry about the sun damage that inevitably comes with beach hangs.
Thankfully, it turns out that one of the most powerful anti-aging, sun damage fighting ingredients is lying right there next to us on the beach. Seaweed- that same slimy substance that clings to rocks and your legs when you’re trying to surf- is also a powerful skin rejuvenating ingredient.
Don't Hate- Regenerate
The same thing that can make seaweed annoying when you’re trying to enjoy the waves- it’s ability to grow seemingly everywhere- is also what makes it so good for your skin. It can thrive in most conditions because it has a unique ability to regenerate. Scientist believe this is due to its gel like cellular structure that sets it apart from other plants.
This gel like substance has been used in many cultures for centuries to treat wounds- and more modern scientific studies show it is quantifiably able to boost our bodies' natural collagen production, and act as an anti-inflammatory.
Fight the Radicals
And not only does seaweed boost collagen, but it also fights free radical damage. Even if you are meticulous in your sunscreen application, you will still experience free radical damage as a result of exposure to pollution, secondhand smoke, pesticides, and yes, even alcohol and fried foods - even the most saintly among us succumbs to the occasional french fry. But the great news is that seaweed actually counteracts free radical damage. And studies show that not only does it prevent future cell damage, but seaweed can enhance the rate of survival for already damaged skin cells.
Try the Magic
If you want to try the magic for yourself, check out seaweed in action in Alder New York's Hydrating Face Mask and Everyday Face Cleanser. In both cases, we picked this sea botanical for it’s regenerative, anti-inflammatory, and collagen boosting qualities. Now you can have your beach and counteract skin damage too.