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A shore thing: How seaweed can clean and clear your complexion

© Shutterstock / RidoEnjoy the benefits of seaweed extracts
Enjoy the benefits of seaweed extracts

Are you looking to see a difference in your complexion and hair? According to beauty expert Claire Logan, from Arran Sense of Scotland, seaweed extracts could be just the answer.

She said: “Thanks to its unique combination of wholesome properties – antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and fibre to name just a few – seaweed is one of our favourite ingredients that goes into our naturally nourishing skin and hair care products.”

Sustainable, safe to use and 100% natural, here, Logan shares the beauty benefits of sensational seaweed.

Cleanse and detox

Seaweed naturally cleanses and detoxifies, explained Logan, so it’s a great exfoliant for brightening the skin and clearing any build-up of dirt and bacteria.

She added: “With a high mineral content, seaweed like the Bladderwrack variety – a type of brown seaweed found in the North Sea, Baltic Sea, Atlantic and Pacific Ocean – boosts the skin’s natural defence system and helps to rid the skin of toxins. The result is a clearer, fresher complexion.”

Top for toning

Logan said: “When used on the body, seaweed can have a toning impact, too, thanks to an extract derived from Bladderwrack called fucoidan.

“The natural extract promotes collagen synthesis, helping to smooth out cellulite and uneven skin.”

Claire Logan

Soothe irritation

If you suffer from redness, help is at hand.

“Skincare products containing seaweed, which contains natural anti-inflammatories and is rich in vitamin B, help to soothe and calm the skin,” said Logan.


Some studies have suggested that fucoidan may be more powerful than retinol when aiming to increase collagen, so seaweed-boosted products could also help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, too.

“Bladderwrack is rich in zinc and vitamins A, C and E, meaning it has excellent anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory benefits,” added Logan. “It can be used to restore and maintain the skin’s moisture levels, smoothing and hydrating.”

Luscious locks

Looking for strong, healthy hair?

Logan said: “High concentration of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants in Bladderwrack help to repair damaged hair, allowing it to grow stronger and longer. It’s even thought that it can stimulate hair growth and production.”