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Benefits of sea salt and seaweeds

20 March, 2020

Benefits of sea salt and seaweeds

20 March, 2020

We use Jurassic coast sea salt and seaweeds in a range of bath and skincare products. Natural and organic seaweeds are rapidly growing and high yielding plants so are one of the most environmentally sustainable products to be used in the beauty industry.

Bladderwrack seaweed (Fucus vesiculosus) and oarweed (Laminaria digitata), can be found in abundance along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.

Since ancient times seaweeds have been used for their cleansing and therapeutic properties. In thalassotherapy the ancient Greeks used the healing properties of seawater and sea algae in cosmetic and health treatments. Seaweeds have no roots and gain all their nutrients from the waters they grow in, providing the earth with over 70% of its oxygen through photosynthesis.

Seaweeds are humectants, drawing moisture to the skin and containing high levels of lipids, proteins and minerals (such as zinc, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium and selenium) which have great benefits in healing and repairing the skin. Vitamins K, B, A, C and E help plump the skin, even skin pigmentation and promote collagen. The high iodine content of seaweeds is deeply cleansing and by using dried seaweed powder in a salt scrub it is also an effective exfoliator, removing dead skin cells so new ones can form.

Bathing in seaweed rich bath salts helps rheumatism and arthritis sufferers, helps reduce cellulite and drains the lymphatic system to help improve circulation. Simply run salts under warm to hot bath water and relax  for 15 - 20 minutes - the salts will withdraw toxins from the skin and help mineralise the skin and relax muscles. The warm water helps ingredients penetrate the skin, the heat releases stress and tension and it’s a calm time for meditation and self-reflection.

 

 

 

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