Why You Use These Products

Sometimes a quick refresher is a great idea. If you want to explain to your friends why you’re looking so great these days, and why, exactly, you are using natural products such as seaweed and charcoal on your skin, look no further than this post!

Seaweed is still considered an unconventional beauty ingredient. Of course we’ve been loving the ocean green for years but we still get asked about the why? by some people to this day. So, why?

Seaweed is a simple photosynthetic organism that contains myriad beneficial nutrients and bioactive compounds. To name a few: vitamins A, B, B1, C, and E; iron; sodium, phosphorus, proteins, magnesium, calcium, beta carotene, copper, pholortannins, and essential amino acids. These powerful minerals help maintain the skin’s natural functions. Not only that but its antioxidant properties have been shown to effectively inhibit skin oxidation stress (meaning wrinkles and other characteristics related to ageing, pollution, and too much sun exposure).

Artwork by Howard Mitchell

Artwork by Howard Mitchell

Shea butter. We’ve written about this beautiful creamy substance to great lengths on this blog, but it’s worth a re-visit in a nut shell (from the African shea tree). Shea butter has an incredible lineup of fatty acids (oleic, stearic, and linoleic acid) as well as antioxidants (such as quercetin, spicatechin gallate, epigallocatechin). While shea butter is a brilliant moisturizer, it is also used to treat a whole range of skin disorders from sunburns and eczema to ulcers and blemishes.

Tree tea oil was first discovered in eastern Australia. It’s an essential oil with a strong scent, extracted from the narrow-leaved tea tree. It is an excellent anti-bacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-fungal which is why it is a great way to naturally treat acne, lice, athletes foot, cuts, and insect bites. Combined with shea butter, as featured in SeaLuxe’s ever-popular Activated Charcoal Soap Bar, you have a wonderfully powerful way of deep cleaning and moisturizing your skin at the same time.

Charcoal is really seeing its day, as you’ve no doubt noticed. It’s a simple form of carbon that’s used for everything from treating digested poison to teeth whitening. It’s said to absorb anywhere from 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities. This is why SeaLuxe uses charcoal in some of its soaps as anecdotal evidence shows that it is great at drawing excess oil, dirt, bacteria, and chemicals from the skin.