Seaweed for Skincare
Seaflora’s organic skincare products are made from some of the best organic ingredients that mother nature has to offer.
British Columbia’s outer coast has over 700 species of seaweeds. Some of the outer coast seaweeds we can use are very fascinating!
Alaria – Winged Kelp
Alaria is an attractive olive-brown seaweed kelp found in the lower tidal zone on moderate to very rocky shores and can grow two to three metres (six to ten feet). It contains the B complex vitamins, vitamin C and many other trace mineral elements.
This rich olive brown seaweed kelp is usually attached to rocks in moderate to sheltered waters between lower and sub-tidal regions. It also contains alginic acid, laminaran, mannitol, protein, carotene, niacin, phosphorus, the B complex vitamins, vitamin C and many other trace elements.
Nerocystis – Bull Kelp
These classic brown Seaweeds can be located just offshore. Bull kelp is whip-like with a long thin hollow stalk leading to a floating bulb, with several long thin blades arising from the bulb and can grow an impressive up to 35 metres (120 feet) in only one season. High in vitamins and minerals, particularly potassium, protein and free amino acids.
Fucas – Rockweed
This olive -green seaweed with its yellowish tips is recognized by its bushy clumps, hanging down across the rocks like curtains. It is a versatile medicinal herb from the ocean containing iron, protein, iodine, niacin, phosphorus, the B complex vitamins, vitamins A, E and C, and numerous trace mineral elements.
Ulva lactuca – Sea Lettuce
This bright green, tissue-like Seaweed resembles leaf lettuce. Sea lettuce can usually be found in the high tide zone. At low tide, when dried in the sun, this Seaweed looks and feels like tissue paper. It has natural astringent properties.
Iridaea Cordata – Rainbow Seaweed
Its broad, smooth blades are dark bluish, purple and iridescent in colour and found in the lower rocky inter-tidal zone and upper sub-tidal zones. Its beautiful colouring easily explains its local name of ‘Rainbow Seaweed’. High in protein, vitamin A and iodine, it also contains Vitamin B1, sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron, essential fatty acids, beta-carotene, zinc.