Marine Algae is no stranger to skincare, which is not surprising given its multitude of benefits. In La Crème, we use two different sources of marine algae. The first is alaria esculenta, more commonly known as badderlocks, which is an edible form of seaweed that we source from France and Ireland. The other is pelvetia canaliculata, or channeled wrack, which is sourced from Brittany, France. While they have similar properties, these are the ways each benefit the health of our skin.
This form of edible marine algae is also an anti-aging, hydration hero. It’s packed with minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. Those minerals include iron, zinc and selenium. It encourages healthy skin metabolic function by stimulating hyaluronic acid synthesis, replenishing the skin barrier while fighting the breakdown of collagen and elastin. It also helps to soothe irritated skin.
This form of algae is incredibly robust in its antioxidant properties, which helps to neutralize damage from metallic pollutants that are airborne. Additionally, it’s also soothing and hydrating. Pelvetia Canaliculata is also known for its anti-aging properties: its composition carotenoids, amino acids and polyphenolic compounds help to neutralize the enzymes that can degrade collagen before they cause harm to the skin.