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Chondrus crispus: the WONDER ingredient

"Not many skin care ingredients can help clear clogged pores, smooth fine lines, hydrate, and fade dark spots. Then again, not many skin care ingredients can thrive in the salty depths of the ocean. Of course, we're talking about algae: The Swiss Army knife of skin care can benefit your complexion in a dazzling number of ways." {Many excerpts in this blog post are taken directly from the "Mind Body Green" Blog, to see the direct article please click here}. 2022 is the year of seamoss, we're calling it! It's the sexiest algae of all time, and now it's hitting the skincare shelves like WILDFIRE.

We've been diving into the super powers of seamoss, or "Irish Moss" (chondrus crispus), and we decided that EVERYONE deserves to try our Liquid Gold serum for FREE (pay shipping only). Super limited supply, click here to get all the info! 

Some amazing benefits of seamoss for the skin: {below numbers 1-5 section is taken directly from the Mind Body Green blog}.

1. It's moisturizing

When used topically, algae has been found to be a better humectant than even hyaluronic acid, one of the buzziest hydrators of all. And sea moss, in particular, has special moisturizing properties: It contains high amounts of polysaccharides (called carrageenans), which act as a thickening agent that forms a protective yet non-occlusive film over the skin.

"Most benefits of sea moss are attributed to its film-forming properties, making it ideal for moisturizers or serums," says clean cosmetic chemist Krupa Koestline, founder of KKT Consultants. "Carrageenan is used to give products a thick and rich feel," Bailey adds. "It binds water and can help hold water to the skin."

2. It has anti-inflammatory properties.

"It has anti-inflammatory properties thanks to the high concentration of zinc, vitamin A, and sulfur," says Rodney. This makes it helpful for managing dry skin and other skin concerns. Sea moss extract may even enhance skin photoprotection from UVB exposure, notes Bailey, as it helps combat free radicals on skin cells. Plus, those carrageenans we mentioned? Studies show they even have antibacterial benefits

3. Helps protect the skin barrier.

As mentioned, sea moss leaves a film over the skin—and according to Koestline, this film is structurally similar to the skin's own proteins. "Because of this characteristic, the seaweed extract reinforces and stimulates keratinization of the epidermis," she says. Sounds very scientific, but keratin makes up the majority of the epidermis (aka, the top layer of your skin), which is in charge of filtering out aggressors. 

4. Helps balance oil production.

As mentioned, sea moss contains sulfur, which "also helps with oily skin as it can help with the overproduction of sebum," says Rodney. "Products with sea moss can bring a much-needed balance while moisturizing and protecting your skin." 

5. Helps maintain a healthy complexion.

"Sea moss is noncomedogenic," Rodney adds, and it contains minerals that can help maintain a healthy complexion. As we mentioned up top, it also has antibacterial properties that can help guard skin health.

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