The Weird Ingredient We’re Stocking Up On This Summer

by Stephanie Montes

Maybe it’s just us but our basic instinct is to avoid floating seaweed at all costs when we’re frolicking in the ocean. But thanks to a tidal wave of miracle-working algae-based skincare products, we’re changing our tune. Packed with minerals, proteins, peptides, antioxidants and antiaging properties, algae is not only perfect for brightening and plumping skin, it’s also gentle enough to treat acne and rosacea. It’s not quite beach season yet but we’re bringing the sea to us with these 6 seaweed-infused products.

Say Yes To Seaweed

Photo: Vanessa Jackman

Hydrating Mask

Red algae in this gel-covered paper mask deeply hydrates and moisturizes parched skin in just 15 minutes.

Antiaging Peel

Alguronic acid in this peel minimizes the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. Like all other peels, this product makes your skin extra sensitive in the sun so be sure to load up on the SPF.

Moisturizing Body Wash

Don't forget that moisturizing your body should also be part of your skincare routine. Use a body wash with seaweed extract to nourish your skin while you shower.

Deep-Cleaning Face Wash

Antimicrobial properties from the algae extract in this cleanser purify pores and leave skin feeling moisturized, not dry.

Antioxidant Sunscreen

Infused with red algae, this sunscreen protects you from harmful UV and UVB rays while moisturizing and brightening your skin.

Firming Toner

Blue-green algae extract in this toner loads your skin with amino acids, and vitamins B, C, and E to help improve skin elasticity and firmness.