Although seaweed is well known as a must-have ingredient in sushi and miso soup, this surprising beauty breakthrough just may have benefits aside from flavouring Japanese cuisine. Known as a superfood, sea kelp is a type of seaweed which grows in the ocean’s underwater forests. While the unassuming green algae may not look like much, it contains a range of vitamins and minerals. Sea kelp is enriched with Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E, which are known for their antioxidant benefits. It is also a strong source of iron, an essential mineral that offers oxygen to the body’s organs and helps with a balanced metabolism. Not only does iron encourage energy levels, it can also promote the function of B vitamins that are vital for healthy skin, strong nails and hair growth.
Sea kelp is also rich in amino acids, organic compounds that act as the building blocks for proteins. Although this undersea vegetable has been a part of traditional Asian culture throughout history, it has recently made a splash in the beauty world. When used as a key ingredient in facial masks, shampoo and eye creams, sea kelp just may offer hydration and moisture to the face and hair.