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Best Ingredients For Face Masks

It has been said, ” Behind every mask, there is a face, and behind that a story.” What story is your face telling? Is it the story of dryness, or of oiliness, or is it is a combination of both. Do you want to change that story? It all revolves around finding the right mask. When it comes to choosing the right mask for your skin type, it’s all about the ingredients. You need to know what is in your mask and what that means for you. Here are some of the best ingredients to look for in a mask and what they do.

Honey
Honey
Not for nothing did Cleopatra spend her days applying this golden delight to her skin. Honey has loads of antioxidants to fight damage caused by free radicals that lead to skin cancer and aging. It also has antiseptic properties to fight acne. Oily or dry, your good to go!

Oats
What better to go with honey than oats? It is with good reason that oats are a commonly found ingredient in all skin products. They cleanse pores to unclog dirt and bacteria making for great exfoliation, and also can be soothing to skin affected by sunburn or other inflammatory conditions.

Aloe Vera
There’s very little this miracle plant can’t do. It is a great ingredient to look for in facial masks because of its ability to soothe sunburn and combat effects of aging. In addition, aloe vera is a known moisturizer and acne reducer.

Avocados Avocado
Great for you inside and on the surface, avocado is loaded with healthy fats to hydrate skin. It offers the antioxidant power of vitamin C needed for the creation of elastin and collagen for structure and firmness and carotenoids to improve skin’s density and tone.

Mint
The antiseptic properties of mint are what makes it so beneficial in face masks. It unclogs pores to leave skin cleansed and tingling and is also effective in preventing breakouts.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E plays a vital role in the production of healthy collagen and elastin in the skin, preventing sagging and wrinkling, Additionally, it offers skin protection against free radical damage caused by the oxidation of fats in skin cells which causes skin to age.

Clay or Mud
Clay and mud are known for their ability to pull impurities from skin, which is great for all skin types. It can also be an effective way of reducing breakout and adding moisture.

We hope that the story of your face is a happy one. We’d love to hear all about your favorite facial ingredients and why you love them!

The Dangers Of Niacin Overload

Woman holding energy drink

Every decade had its defining drug. The 50’s had alcohol and amphetamines, the 60’s had LSD, the 70’s were the peak of cannabis use, and the 80’s ushered in heroin. The 1990’s gave us ecstasy, while the 2000’s gave us cocaine. So what’s on the plate for the 2010’s? Red Bull anyone?

According to Webster’s Dictionary, an energy drink is, “a usually carbonate beverage that typically contains caffeine and other ingredients… intended to increase the drinker’s energy.”
Compared to the heavy hitters of the past, energy drinks may see like child’s play, but they can be pretty dangerous. Though usually villainized for their high caffeine content, energy drinks have also come under fire lately for another ingredient: niacin.

Risk of Hepatitis
You may have heard the recent story of a 50 yr. old constructions worker who entered the emergency room with abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and lack of appetite. His eyes and skin were yellow and his urine had turned a dark color. After being diagnosed with hepatitis C, a viral infection causing liver inflammation, baffled doctors looked for a cause in the man’s decidedly clean health record; one behavior began to stand out. The man drank four to five energy drinks per day in the weeks prior to his hospitalization.

The report stated the levels of serum folate, or folic acid, and vitamin B12, both of which are found in energy drinks, “exceeded quantifiable limits” in the patient and that his condition was “directly subsequent to excessive consumption of energy drinks and resolved on discontinuation of the products.”

Beyond Recommended Dosages
Although caffeine levels are often a subject of concern when examining energy drinks, the quantities of vitamins may not be taken into consideration. The patient’s energy drink contained 200% or 40 mgs of the recommended daily value go niacin. Other energy drinks contain large amounts of B6 and B12. Drinking more than one of these energy boosting drinks per day could bring levels of B-vitamins to over 1000 times the daily need. Although many people believe these ingredients to be harmless, an overdose of vitamins can be very serious.

Avoiding Niacin
It should be noted that of all the vitamins found in unusually high levels in energy drinks, only niacin is capable of liver damage. Niacin can cause an indicator of liver damage called transaminitis in as much as 20% of consumers who receive 500 mgs of niacin daily. However, the presence of all vitamins and nutrients in huge quantities present a risk for toxicity and harmful accumulation.

However, before you go pouring all your Red Bulls down the toilet, consider that although there has been one other report of the consumption of energy drinks linked to acute hepatitis, there is still no conclusive evidence linking the two. However, a recent report directs physicians to “inquire about energy intake in otherwise healthy adults who present with unexplained acute hepatitis.”

So take caution with your drug d’jour! You know what they say about too much of a good thing! Let us know what you think! Death cocktail or relatively harmless energy booster?

A Cautionary Tale of Caffeine

Woman drinking coffee

Everyone seems to have their “mother’s little helper.”  Their little vice that perks them up on those days when their ordinary emotional hygiene practices are just not working.  For some its alcohol, for others prescription drugs,  maybe  marijuana, for some stronger drugs.  Considering all that is available, it would seem that caffeine sort of pales in comparison. It’s legal, requires no prescription and in fact, it is available all over the place and its accessibility is growing.  We can’t walk five blocks without passing a Starbucks, or some other similar gormandizer, and if we don’t, we can always find some Red Bull or Rock Star at the convenience or grocery store. Indeed the ways we get out caffeine are getting more creative by the day; there is talk of a caffeine patch, caffeine gum and caffeine mixed with alcohol.  In the midst of all this madness, it becomes almost impossible for us to imagine that a product with so much hype may also be bad for us, but listen to this:

How Does Caffeine Work?
Caffeine usually begins to take affect 15-45 minutes after ingestion and peaks after 30-60 minutes.  The immediate effects are increased heartbeat, respiration, metabolic rate, production of stomach acid and urine.  It also relaxes muscles, especially the bronchial muscle.  This brings about a “lift”  which causes the user to feel awake and confident mentally and physically.

When Caffeine Turns Dark
After consuming caffeine for a while, users develop a tolerance which means they will need higher doses to get the same effect.  If they do not receive the higher dose, they may experience caffeine withdrawal.  They may develop a throbbing headache, drowsiness, irritability, nervousness to depression.

The Caffeine Overdose
If someone drinks about 7 cups of coffee (250-750 mgs of caffeine) they may become restless, nauseous, experience irregular heart beat, and sleep disturbances.  Anything over that can cause symptoms similar to an anxiety attack, with delirium, ringing ears and diarrhea.  Long-term drinking of coffee can result in heartburn, ulcers, heart problems and fibrocystic breast disease.

A Scary Story
Since caffeine is known to increase metabolism, act as a diuretic, and suppress hunger, it is often  found in weight loss supplements.  Much of the time, caffeine will not be listed as an ingredient in the supplement, instead, it will appear under the guise of an herbal dietary substance, such as guarana.   A 38- year old woman was taking a dietary supplement known as Zantrax 3 a “power packed pill”  featuring niacin, caffeine, and various herbs.  After taking the pill for three months, the woman began to experience blurry vision and suffered a seizure. The MRI showed a possible atrophy in the right frontal lobe of her brain.  After discontinuing Zantrex-3, the patient experienced no more seizures.

Note that reactions to caffeine can vary, and many people swear by it, but it is important that we are aware of when we are consuming it and the variety of foods and pharmaceuticals that contain it.

Cool Ways To Use Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

After God created the world, he created a  beautiful garden.  This Garden was full of beautiful flowers and succulent fruits and small animals.  And in this Garden, God made Adam and, from Adam’s ribs, God made Eve.  And somewhere in this beautiful garden, God made aloe vera.  And God saw that it was good.

Ok.  So maybe aloe vera is not mentioned in the story of Adam and Eve, but it sure has a long history.  Ancient Chinese and Egyptians used it to treat burns, wounds and reduce fever.  It is said that Alexander the Great conquered the island of Socotra off Africa to get aloe to treat his soldiers for battle wounds.  Egyptian beauty queens, including Cleopatra, used them to enhance their complexions  and, in 1944, Japanese used it to soothe their wounds resulting from exposure to the A-bomb.

What is Aloe Vera?
Known as the natural healer, aloe vera  is most commonly found in warm and dry climates.  Although it looks like a cactus with thorny leaves, it is actually a member of the Lily family.  It possesses the unusual ability of being able to close its pores to prevent moisture loss and stays moist while other plants die.  ( Can we invent something so that humans can do this?) The lower leaf of the plant is used for medicinal purposes and, when sliced open, produces gels that can be applied to the skin. The leaves and seeds are edible.

Cool Ways to Use Aloe Vera
Is there anything this plant can’t do? While most commonly known to treat minor wounds and burns, the aloe vera plant can also be used to treat:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS):   A study done at the Royal London Hospital found an improvement of 38% of   patients suffering Ulcerative Collitis who were treated with aloe vera., as opposed to 8% who were given a placebo.
  • Asthma:  Boil some leaves in a pan of water and breathe in.
  • Constipation:   The aloe juice taken from the tubules are dried, becoming granules that are dark brown in color.  (Do you get where this is going?)
  • Aging skin: After being absorbed in the skin, aloe vera stimulates fibroblast cells that produce collagen and elastin. Drink in a tea or apply directly.
  • Bad breath:  A 2014 study showed that the vitamin c in aloe vera can block plaque, provide relief to bleeding gums and freshen breath.
  • Bacteria on Fruit: A recent study showed aloe vera, when used to coat tomatoes and apples was able to block many types of bacteria.  It could be used as an alternative to harmful chemical to keep fruit fresh.
  • Diabetes:  According to a study in Thailand, two tablespoons of the juice per day caused blood sugar levels to fall in people with type 2 diabetes

Well, hallelujah!  I don’t know if this stuff is sacred or not, but I am definitely a believer!  Also good for cancer, arthritis and looking lovely in the home or office as a plant, aloe vera is a miracle!

Key Anti-Aging Ingredients

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just click a button and magically stop our aging in its tracks? Well, of course, that would be amazing but unfortunately, we don’t have that luxury. We DO however have the ability to consume a number of ingredients that will help us slow down the aging process and look our best over time!

Woman applying sunscreen

First and Foremost. Sunscreen.
Sunscreen is easily overlooked and passed by day after day. Many of us think that sunscreen is only necessary when we are going to be in the sun for extended periods of times. But, we are so, SO wrong. Sunscreen should be part of your daily “getting ready” routine. Yes, that means before your makeup and before you leave your house for a “normal” day that may not even include any outside time. The sun’s harmful rays have a way of getting to our skin even in very short amounts of time. Using sunscreen daily helps prevent and slow the development of wrinkled, aged skin. As a result, your skin appears smoother and has a healthy glow rather than the leathery look the sun can cause.

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids are the Next Best Option to Save Your Skin!
How would an acid prevent aging?!? Well, not all acids are bad for the human body. Alpha-hydroxy acids or AHAs have been around for quite some time but recently there has been more attention brought to them for their lasting effects on keeping your skin young! AHAs are found in nature, specifically in fruit and milk. These acids work to break apart the intercellular glue that holds old skin cells on the epidermis. Without this happening, your skin looks finer and brighter. That’s not it! Alpha-hydroxy acids also work to increase the production of collagen and elastic, both necessary for healthy looking skin. This leaves your skin feeling oh-so-soft because it allows your skin to retain more moisture. Be sure to apply your sunscreen before going into the sun if you are planning on introducing AHAs to your beauty regime. AHAs can cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sun but are TOTALLY worth the anti-aging benefits.

Retinol formula

Retinol AKA Vitamin A
Retinol is one of the most effective ingredients that has a way of telling cells how to act like an un-aged, healthier, younger skin cell. In other words, retinol is able to stop free-radical harm within skin cells that ultimately results in aged, wrinkly skin. Just as Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, it also has the ability to increase collagen production for smoother skin. But wait, that’s not all! This vitamin will literally decrease the appearance of discolorations on your skin from previous sun damage. Remember when you are shopping for Retinol products to stick to products that are in an opaque, closed container as sun exposure can break down the vitamins. In addition, start with a small mix of retinol and your normal moisturizer. Retinol creams can be known to aggravate skin so it is best to gradually introduce it into your daily routine.

The Spot Remover: Hydroquinone
For those who are looking for a way to look younger by banishing those darn dark sunspots from years of sun damage, you might want to try hydroquinone. Skin bleaching is a controversial topic so this product should be used with caution. A small amount will go a long way. This product will virtually fade hyperpigmentation by stopping the enzymes that increase melanin production.

Skip These Ingredients

If you’re reasonably skin-savvy, you probably know that the foods you eat can definitely impact the quality of your skin. But even armed with this knowledge, it can be hard to navigate the world of nutrition effectively, as the do’s and don’ts can start to feel overwhelmingly complex. Thankfully, we’ve got your back, as we’re about to go through a simple, short and sweet, easy to remember list of food ingredients to avoid. Just take a quick look at the list, skin the ingredients list of any food you’re getting, and you’re golden!

Sugar

Sugar
This includes types of sugar that masquerade under a different name and aren’t required to be labeled as “sugar.” To be fair, there’s a legitimate reason for this; molecularly, they are not the same thing. In fact, sugars are a diverse type of molecule in the carbohydrate family that includes sucrose, glucose, maltose, and lactose, to name just a few. That said, all sugar ultimately gets processed by our bodies into glucose, so most sugars have the same effect on us regardless (with some exceptions). To avoid sugars in your foods, look for “sugar,” “high fructose corn syrup,” “corn syrup,” etc, and keep in mind that ingredients which contain sugar do not have to list this fact in many cases. Really, the nutrition facts panel is the most reliable here; just see how many grams, if any, of sugars are in your food.

Sugar is dehydrating, and too much of it can cause weight gain, both of which will show in your face, not to mention your general health. You do need a little of it in your diet, but you usually meet your requirement easily without adding any for no good reason.

Alcohol
Alcohol in moderation is okay. If you’re having a glass of wine once a night, that’s fine; what we’re talking about is what happens if you overdo it. Not only can over-consumption of alcohol be incredibly habit-forming, potentially leading to full blown alcoholism and destroying your liver (you kind of need that thing, by the way), but even just overdoing it a little can risk dehydrating yourself. This is dangerous to your overall health, and will also manifest on your skin in the form of dull, rough, scratchy skin.

Sodium

Sodium
Sodium is most commonly consumed through sodium chloride, aka table salt, but you can get it from other sources too, like soy sauce. A small amount of sodium is necessary for proper cardiovascular function, but too much can cause high blood pressure, in addition to promoting fluid retention, which can make your skin look puffy and unflattering. The flip-side is, if you cut back on sodium intake, you may notice you loose a lot of “water weight,” that was being retained in body salts.

Over-Processed Foods
This is a broad catch-all category that includes such things as pre-packaged foods, fast food, instant foods, etc, etc. Basically, if it comes in a box and requires little work to prepare, there’s a chance it’s over-processed.

Of course, this isn’t automatically a bad thing. It really depends. The effects of food additives in processed foods are still being studied, and we can’t say anything definitive yet. So you’re probably fine indulging now and then, but just don’t overdo it if you want to play it safe.

Infused Water How-to

Detox water

Want a drink with refreshing, crisp, light flavor, several health benefits, no added sugar, and incredibly low calories, you really need to try infused water. The best way to think of infused water is like a cold-brewed tea, but with fresh fruit and herbs instead of tea leaves, and nothing dried or preserved. You make it by quite literally throwing chunks of fruit and herbs into cold water and letting the flavor seep out of the fresh ingredients into the water. This is generally done with some kind of infuser or filter that gives you clean, clear, tinted water mostly free from chunks and debris, but nonetheless infused with the “essence” of the fresh ingredients.

How Do You Do it?
You’ll want to procure an infuser specifically for this purpose; there are many ways to go, but most involve either a tank of water where you let the fruit and herbs foat about freely, with a filter on the nozzle to keep the water clean and clear, or a mesh infuser that you fill with the ingredients and immerse in the water, allowing the goodness to seep into the water while the chunks stay put and don’t float about. You can also find water bottled with an infuser core that allows you to toss in the fresh ingredients and let it infuse on the go, resulting in a tasty, nutritious bottle of goodness to sip while you’re out and about.

You generally want to let the water infuse for 1-2 hours at room temperature or 3-4 hours in the fridge for best results. After four hours, you’ll want to remove fruits from the water and refrigerate leftovers for up to three days.

What Are the Health Benefits?
Consider that you’re putting fresh fruit into infused water, and while you’re not getting certain benefits of eating fruits and veggies whole, like fiber content and consuming all the vitamins and minerals, not just some, infusions do create not only tasty, but vitamin-rich drinks. While supplements are useful and encouraged to make sure you get 100% daily value of all essential nutrients regardless of diet, consuming them in food and drink is generally best for maximum absorption, meaning infusions have an advantage over supplements in that regard.

Not to mention that infused water simply encourages you to drink more water. If you get tired of drinking plain water and have a hard time reminding yourself to do so consistently, infused water can help you get over that mental block with a low-calorie, no added sugar watery drink option.

Recipes 

Cucumber Lemon Cilantro Water (Makes Three quarts)

Ingredients:

  • Half a lemon
  • 6+ sprigs of cilantro
  • 2 inches of a cucumber

Directions:
Cut off the top of the lemon, cut both the lemon and cucumber into ¼ inch slices. Break the stems and bruise the leaves of cilantro, and layer everything in the infusion core of an infusion pitcher. Infuse for three hours in three quarts of cold water.

Vine-Vera-Infused-Water-How-to-Grapefruit-Rosemary

Grapefruit Rosemary Water (Makes two 32 oz servings)

Ingredients:

  • One grapefruit
  • One sprig of rosemary (fresh is vastly preferable to dried)

Directions:
Cut off the ends of the grapefruit and remove the rind, then cut it into horizontal slices against the grain. Put all ingredients in one container and fill with 64 oz cold water, or split up this amount into multiple servings for friends or to save for later. Infuse for four hours.

Cucumber Jalapeño Mint Water (Makes one 32 oz serving)

Ingredients:

  • 3 inches of a cucumber, sliced
  • ½ of a jalapeño, de-seeded
  • 1 sprig of mint

Directions:
Combine ingredients in a container and cover with 32 oz cold water, and infuse for 4-24 hours in a refrigerator, the longer the infusion, the stronger the flavor.

The Truth about Mineral Oil

Woman looking into a microscope

There’s been much debate about whether or not the colorless, odorless mineral oil is actually good for skin, and the answer seems to vary depending on who you ask. However, there are quite a few fans out there, and with good reason. For a long time, mineral oil has been used as part of many a beauty regimen and using it has numerous benefits including helping to make the skin feel softer. Here are some truths that you should know about mineral oil so you can make a choice about whether or not you feel it’s the right product for you.

Highly Refined
Mineral oil is made from petroleum, specifically, it’s a product result of distilling of petroleum. It is one main reasons why some are turned off even before using it. Even the association is enough to have them choose something else. However, mineral oils that are used in beauty products are purified and highly refined, which leads to…

Mineral Oil and Cancer
The extensive purification process that mineral oil goes through allows it to be completely safe for use in beauty products. According to the Report on Carcinogens, Thirteenth Edition on the National Toxicology Program site of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, mineral oils that are untreated and mildly treated are “known to be human carcinogens.” There are different grades of mineral oil, and while some are untreated or mildly treated, those in beauty products are, as previously stated, purified and highly refined. According to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer on their List of Classifications, Volumes 1 – 115 page, “Mineral oils, untreated or mildly treated” are labeled as Group 1 while “Mineral oils, highly-refined” are labeled as Group 3. According to their classification system, Group 1 is described as “Carcinogenic to humans” while Group 3 is described as “Not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans.”

Mineral Oil and Acne
Another one of the biggest debates regarding mineral oil is that it blocks pores and could cause acne. One of the best ways to tell about the chances of that happening is to look at its comedogenic rating. The system ranges from 0 which means that the oil won’t clog pores to a 5 which means that there’s a very high chance of the oil clogging your pores. When it comes to the comedogenic rating of mineral oil, it has a score of 0. So you really don’t have to worry about acne and breakouts while using skincare products which use mineral oil.

The Feel of Mineral Oil
Mineral oil can feel greasy (some will be put off by the feel more than others), so if you have oily skin, it may not feel particularly comfortable to use, but on other skin types, it shouldn’t feel off-putting. To see how it might feel on your skin, do a patch test instead of immediately slathering it all over your skin. It can also give you a good idea about whether the mineral oil and your skin are compatible.

There are several myths out there about mineral oil, but the truth is that many people who use it won’t experience problems, and instead, can reap the benefits of using it. If you’re thinking of using mineral oil on your skin, it is best to consult your dermatologist first. This is an especially important step if you have skin sensitivities or you’re taking medication. You want to make sure you don’t do anything that could cause your skin to get irritated, so a quick and simple conversation with your dermatologist work wonders and also let you reap the benefits of mineral oil.

Aloe Vera Leaf Juice

Aloe vera

You’ve probably heard of the Aloe Vera plant as a pain reliever and healing salve for burns and sunburns, and, to be sure, it certainly excels in that regard, but it may have numerous other applications as well. Of course, the usual skepticism when discussing alternative medicine and folk remedies is advised, but aloe vera’s potential is at the very least worth investigation and objective assessment. Let’s take a look.

What’s Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is a species of succulent plant in the aloe genus with long, thick, dull green, spike-edged leaves all growing out of the center of the plant. When one of the leaves is cut open, a thick, sticky gel is revealed inside the plant. This gel is what’s of interest for potential health, medicinal, and skincare applications.

Burn Relief
One purported use for Aloe Vera is pain relief, especially for burns (including sunburns) but also for rashes, minor irritations, cuts, and other wounds, and etc.

This one actually holds a lot of water. There is ample evidence for aloe being effective on sunburns and other burns. It not only reduces pain, but causes the burn to heal faster than it would on its own. There’s also suggestive research and ample anecdotal evidence to suggest that aloe probably helps soothe and heal a variety of rashes and skin irritations. There is insufficient evidence supporting Aloe working well for wound healing of any kind, however, and what evidence does exist is conflicting.

Topical Skincare
It is also suggested that Aloe Vera can be used in or in addition to skincare products for purposes such as acne control, soothing sensitive skin and preventing flare-ups, and helping to nourish and moisturize skin.

While not conclusive as of yet, research does suggest that Aloe Vera is helpful at reducing acne, and it is less harsh than a lot of other acne treatments, like salicylic acid, which has a tendency to dry out the skin. However, aloe alone is not a sufficient acne treatment on its own, as research suggests that applying aloe gel in the morning and evening improves acne by about 35%. If you want that to be 100%, you should pair it with a prescription acne medication.

As for softening skin, there isn’t enough evidence to make a clear conclusion. It’s a “maybe, maybe not” kind of thing. Some studies were done, but the results are inconclusive, and it seems that aloe may increase water content in the very outermost layers, but not inner layers, meaning it doesn’t really fix the problem, so you’re better off with other skin softening ingredients.

Studies show promise for aloe treating psoriasis symptoms. A 0.5% aloe extract cream reduced skin plaques after about four weeks in clinical trials. It is more effective than corticosteroid creams commonly used for decreasing severity, however, it does not decrease other symptoms, so using prescription creams along with aloe is your best bet.

Ingestion
A lot of too-good-to-be-true claims for drinking beverages with aloe gel in them or taking aloe capsules have been made; everything from aloe juice as a depression cure to helping fight cancer to lowering cholesterol.

We’ll save you a lot of time on this one; almost none of these claims, or any other positive claims about aloe beverages, have any decent amount of supportive evidence. The singular exception is that aloe can be an effective treatment for constipation, but there are much better prescription and over-the-counter options for stool softeners or laxatives.

Boost Your Health with Brown Algae

It seems like with every new season, a new superfood hits the shelves in grocery stores. But if there’s one that’s not a fad and is sure to stick around, it’s brown algae. Brown algae is said to promote healthy weight loss, increase energy levels and improve skin conditions. More specifically, brown algae can help to slow down cellular aging, promote a healthy glow and help with certain skin conditions, like eczema.

Brown algae

What is Brown Algae?
Algae is a generic term for any plant-based organism found growing in water. Seaweed is another term used to describe algae. Most people have heard of kelp, which is also another term for brown algae. Brown algae grows in colder waters and is mostly harvested in the Northern Hemisphere. Don’t confuse brown algae or kelp with versions of algae that are farm grown, like spirulina. These unnaturally harvested versions will never have the same levels of nutrients and are more prone to contamination.

How Does Brown Algae Improve Health?
While some natural ingredients are debated by scientists, it is well known that the reason brown algae is so beneficial is because of its high levels of iodine. Iodine helps to regulate the thyroid gland, which has a direct effect on nearly every part of the human body. By helping the thyroid gland balance hormones, a single serving of brown algae can help the body to perform more efficiently. Brown algae also has a long list of other nutrients, like potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, calcium and selenium. It’s been described as nature’s multivitamin.

How to Use Brown Algae for Skin
Brown algae is the most commonly used type of algae in skincare products so there is a high chance that one might already be using the ingredient without realizing it. The extract of the plant is used so this alone can be mixed into homemade beauty products easily and with plenty of benefits. Brown algae can also be eaten raw or added into food as desired. Keep in mind that as with many plants, overpreparation of the food can remove many of its beneficial nutrients. If the idea of eating the plant raw is unappealing, try mixing it into a smoothie.

When it comes to using brown algae for skin, topical or internal use of the plant are beneficial. As more beauty companies turn to brown algae, more is studied regarding the plant. It has been shown to naturally encourage the development of collagen, which tends to dissipate with age and strengthen the skin while promoting greater moisture retention.

In general, brown algae helps to prevent the natural cell aging process. As the body ages, cells tend to rejuvenate slower and are unable to repair themselves as they once were. But brown algae has been shown to prevent this slowdown and keep skin cells operating efficiently.

Algae, in general, has been used for years in the beauty world, but brown algae has proven itself to be one of the best plants that the ocean has to offer. Adding it to a skin regimen is not only a great idea but highly recommended.