Vitamin Sea: Marine Ingredients that Benefit the Skin

It is common knowledge that the seaside does wonders to everyone’s physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Our skin seems softer and more glowing, our hair thicker, and our minds calmed and rejuvenated by the waves and the sun.

Any beach bunny will tell you that sand naturally exfoliates our skin. So, there is more to that guilty pleasure of yours, of lying in the sand by the sea catching up with your paperback, tropical drink in hand with that colorful little umbrella and fruit wedge in the rim. It is exfoliating and tanning at the same time—all-natural and very effortless beauty treatment.

Saltwater is also a natural shampoo. It is an effective exfoliator and stimulant of blood flow in your scalp. Saltwater strips off heavy oil and left-over shampoos, conditioners, and other hair products from your tress’s roots to tips. Salt has anti-fungal properties. Saltwater gets rid of dandruff-infecting fungal and heals cuts and abrasion in your scalps and skin.

No wonder marine-based beauty products have become mainstream in the market. The array of sea-based products includes seaweeds hydrating facial masks, algae peel-off masks, seafoam facial wash, sea kelp shampoo, saltwater hair spray, to name a few. They are very trendy and marketable. They are organic, all-natural products that millennials dig into nowadays.

Now, why don’t we dive and get sea-deep in these marine ingredients to learn what they have to make us beautiful and youthful.

Sea Active Skin Care uses “products made with Springwater from Hawaii, infused with seaweeds of Nori, Wakame, Bladderwrack, Irish Moss, pacific and Atlantic Kelps, Sea lettuce, Sea lavender, Alaskan Bull Kelp, Red and Brown Algae, and Haematoccus pivalis. ”

The list includes seaweeds of many kinds – sea kelps, sea lettuce, sea lavender, and algae.


Seaweed has three main categories; green, brown, and red. The different varieties mean different pigmentation, causing different hydrating and repairing properties to the skin. The abundance of different sorts of seaweeds also made it possible to use them for all types of skin and skin products for cleaning, toning, and moisturizing. Seaweeds are also used in serums, masks, and cosmetics like powders and lip care.

Generally, seaweed is concentrated seawater and very absorbent of minerals from the sea. Some seaweed types have a high content of vitamins, minerals, iodine, and, of course, salt. It is rich in Vitamin E and humectants that draw in moisture to the skin and keep it there. It is best for oily and combination types of skin because of its balancing properties.

Seaweed regulates oil production and controls oily skin, and reduces clogged pores and acne. It has amino acids that plump the skin, minimizing the signs, and slowing the effects of skin aging. It has omega, zinc, and magnesium that aids in healing acne, rosacea, and other skin sensitivities, such as eczema. Antioxidants present in seaweeds, coupled with Vitamin B & C, evens skin pigmentation caused by too much sun exposure. Seaweed hydrates the skin but without the greasy feel.

Sea kelp

Sea kelp is known as brown algae and is grown in the underwater forest. It is said to be the most nutrient-rich of all seaweed species. It is high in antioxidants, specifically carotenoids, and flavonoids that combat free radicals to prevent diseases. Kelp also has manganese and zinc that fights oxidative stress and guards cardiovascular health, and prevents cancer.

As a skincare, sea kelp can firm, heal, exfoliate and strengthen the skin. It hydrates and softens skin. The high iodine content of sea kelp calms and soothes dry and flaky skin. Kelp contains essential fatty acids that hydrate and retains moisture in the skin (and hair) longer, minimizing the effect of temperature change and exposure to nature’s elements.

Sea kelp has minerals that are absorbed by the skin and eliminate toxins that make your skin dull and lifeless. Sitting some sea kelps on your face can draw out fluids, dead cells, and toxins that cover your youthful skin. Kelp’s anti-inflammatory components also help minimize breakouts. It lessens redness and removes toxins and oil, reducing the chances of blackheads, whiteheads, acne, and cystic acne. Continuous use of skincare products infused with sea kelp can give you clearer and smoother skin.

Sea kelp being rich in antioxidants can shield your skin from UVA rays and pollutions, and the extreme environment. It helps maintain your skin’s elasticity, reduces wrinkles, gives you vibrant skin, and a youthful glow.

Sea kelp has also been added to hair care products as these ingredients aid in the proper hydration of the hair and scalps. These can also improve your curl’s strength, and prevent hair breakage. Sea kelp is high in vitamin E which makes the curls stronger and healthier.

Sea lettuce

Sea lettuce is pale green when young and bright green when mature. It is usually found on rocks, reef flats, shells, or floating in the seawater. These marine plants may be gross in appearance, but it delivers very promising results in firming saggy skins. Traditionally, Europeans used sea lettuce as a supplement to provide vitamins and minerals to their diet. Thousands of years ago in Asia, it was used as a condiment, and also a nutritional supplement.

Sea lettuce is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids, which are all critical properties in maintaining or regaining skin elasticity. These properties regenerate damaged cells and lessen the presence of wrinkles and stretch marks. Sea lettuce also aids in the production of collagen, which tones the skin. These are the reasons why sea lettuce is highly referred to as anti-aging and regenerating ingredients in skincare treatments. Sea lettuce is rich in magnesium and mineral levels, best in slowing down water loss rate and allowing deeper skin hydration.

Sea lavender

Sea lavender is a perennial wild plant that grows in coastal areas and salt marshes. It has anti-aging components with anti-inflammatory ingredients rich in antioxidants, has collagen that firms the skin, and hyaluronic acids that make the plumping action to prevent skin damage and premature aging.

Sea lavender helps support skin protection and prevents skin damages like fine-lines and wrinkles. It invigorates the skin by increasing collagen production. It deeply moisturizes and refreshes tired skin. It also aids in the oxygenation of the scalp, resulting in manageable hair.


Algae is a simple aquatic plant of large groups, has no stems, roots, nor leaves. Combined with the other types of seaweed, algae are perfect for hydrating, revitalizing, and toning the skin. It can lessen or eliminate skin problems such as acne, cellulite, and wrinkles.

Algae is rich in Omega-3 that can improve skin elasticity and prevent fine lines and wrinkles’ appearances. It also has fatty acids like sea kelps to avoid dry skin and treat acne, eczema, and other skin sensitivities. Algae also enhance collagen and elastin production to stop wrinkles further, giving your skin a healthy, firm, and toned look.

Algae can control the sebum (your skin’s natural oil) production on the skin and face, a perfect cure to overly dry or oily skin. It also works as a cleaner. On the skin, it draws out impurities and detox.

With so much talk about seaweed, one can’t help but wish to be at the seaside, smelling the sea salt, sun on their skin, wind in their face, and the lull of the waves. Or maybe a quick visit to Sea Active Skin Care’s website can satisfy your curiosity about those marine-induced beauty products.

Sea Active Skincare products are suited for people with skin challenges and sensitives caused by aging, cancer, and other illnesses. If you have questions about our products, please feel free to message us at or give us a call at (858) 432-4444. We’ll be more than happy to cater to your skincare needs.