[By Karen Karlsson]

The best skincare ingredients don’t have to be dreamt up by scientists in a lab, as some of the most powerful weapons against common beauty woes come straight from the deep blue sea. With the vast oceans holding 72% of the surface of the world,embrace the healing power hidden under the horizon for the clearest of complexions. Living matter from the ocean survive under the toughest of environments, withstanding the sun and other extreme stressors while maintaining adequate hydration. What makes marine ingredients so alluring for the beauty world is their ability to adapt, regenerate and thrive in hostile condition, and here’s a round-up of what you should be on the look-out for, to emulate the ethereal beauty of those mythical mermaids and singing sirens.

Seaweed & Sea Kelp

“Seaweed is one of the fastest growing organisms on earth, with fronds reaching as long as 200 feet and the ability to grow at a rate of two feet a day in the prime seasons. With its endless ability to regenerate itself, its nourishing properties and the way it formidably retained moisture, sea kelp help promise and hope for renewal”— Dr. Max Huber, creator of La Mer.

Seaweed is one of the most dense crops on earth, containing vital minerals such as magnesium, calcium, copper, iodine, iron, potassium, phosphorus & zinc as well as vitamins like A, B, C, D & E. Do you know that seaweed and blood plasma have a nearly identical chemical composition?Whether ingested or used as an active skincare ingredient, it helps protect the skin from UV damage, boost skin’s natural collagen production, keep skin well moisturized and calm down redness and inflammation.In fact, the properties of marine algae are so great that several mega skincare brands have been founded on that very basis – La Mer, Algenist & Phytomer just to name a couple.

WORTH TRYING: The FRESH Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask is a 5-minute DIY home treat designed to combat signs of tired and stressed-out skin, revealing incredibly smooth and radiant complexion with regular use. Powered by a blend of naturally occurring kombu seaweed, red algae and lotus seeds, it works to gently buff and refine, revitalizing skin to an oceanic freshness.

Available online from www.sephora.sg @$105 SGD for 100 ml

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Red Algae Extract

These unassuming little plants contain a form of sugar that helps improve skin cell function. Full of humectants that draw in moisture from the environment, it helps reinforce skin cell walls so the cells can retain moisture and block irritants. Because it can easily process sunlight, red algae is known to provide exceptional antioxidant protection to skin, with high levels of peptides, carotenoids, sulfated polysaccharides and fatty acids that are able to neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals in the environment. So Ariel’s flaming crimson hair is not the only red beauty treasure under the sea that have us green with envy!

WORTH TRYING: BIOTHERM Blue Therapy Red Algae Uplift Visible Aging Repair Firming Rosy Cream is enriched with precious Red Algae Extract for repairing & lifting action.Powered by mineral-rich Life PlanktonTM to revive skin’s vital functions in addition to Alaria Esculenta extract (Algae of YouthTM) to combat skin aging, regular use unveils softer, smoother & younger looking skin with a healthy rosy radiance that feels firmer and more lifted with redefined facial contours.

Available online from www.buy.cosmeticsnow.sg @$114.95 SGD

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Caviar is one of the most expensive foods in the world, a delicacy made of tiny fish eggs that are processed and salted. So, can raw fish eggs work wonders for your skin? Let’s be honest, when you’re paying an arm and a leg for mere ounces of roe from glow fish, there’s got to be more behind these innocuous looking black gems than meets the eye… am I right to assume? Well, it turns out caviar does have some pretty interesting benefits when it’s infused into beauty products. Being rich in amino acids, caviar is believed to be a luxe skin food that can be directly absorbed into skin to speed up cell renewal and rejuvenation, making one younger and less tired looking. Bearing cell structures with remarkably close resemblance to human cells, caviar is believed to help produce better quality collagen for the skin at an invigorated speed, thus slowing down the process of aging considerably.

WORTH TRYING: ALTERNA Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo attracts, retains and rebalances moisture while protecting color, and improving the overall performance of dry, brittle hair. Formulated with Seasilk, Color Hold and UVA/UVB protection to shield from color fade, daily stresses and future damage, it incorporates Alterna’s Age-Control Complex that includes caviar extract, vitamin C and cytokines for stronger, healthier, younger looking, keeping your tresses adequately hydrated and well-nourished with a sheen that reflects the shimmery glow of these tiny black balls from the depth of the ocean.

Available online from www.ulta.com @$52 USD

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Salmon DNA

Salmon is widely consider as one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, and is credited with everything from extending a person’s lifespan to preventing heart attacks and cancer. Not only does salmon possess one of the highest omega-3 contents, it is also packed with tons of other vitamins and minerals as well.

Rejuran Healer is an injectable polynucleotide (PN) skin booster consisting of fragments of DNA derived from germ cells of salmon, and is nothing short of a “miracle” treatment that teaches aging skin cells to behave in a youthful manner. Touted as possibly the most advanced anti-wrinkle, anti-sag and skin brightening treatment, Rejuran Healer repairs skin cells and facilitates collagen growth in a nutshell.By supplementing our DNA with salmon DNA, studies have shown that we can enjoy natural skin healing and rejuvenating benefits.

WORTH TRYING: Similar to Rejuran Healer, Rejuran DNA Resurgence brought to you by the SW1 Clinic delivers DNA extracts from salmon that is compatible to human skin cells directly into the deeper layer of skin via virtually painless microinjections, where it can exert its regeneration and skin healing benefits. An exceedingly rich source of nucleotides which are the basic building blocks of our very own DNA, Rejuran “activates” the healing properties of skin by providing these building blocks for DNA synthesis. The regenerative capability of aging skin cells is thus revived as Rejuran makes your skin behave like it is younger again.

Prices start from $900 SGD @www.sw1clinic.com

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Sea Fennel

Sea Fennel is a blue-green, beauty-bestowing aqua plant is that it’s rich in minerals and vitamins A, C, and E, giving it antioxidant, conditioning, and soothing properties that help improve skin radiance and tone.With far-reaching benefits including unclogging pores, boosting collagen, reducing fine lines, and speeding up cell turnover, this ingredient buffers the ill effects of aging and enables your skin to regain its youth in a vegan and gluten-free way!

WORTH TRYING: Gentle and non-drying, GABRIEL ORGANICS Sea Fennel Firming Tonic utilizes the energizing action of ginseng and the calming properties of chamomile, to restore the resiliency and suppleness to dehydrated skin. Sea fennel re-mineralizes and improves skin tone, while other ingredients work to prepare the skin for more efficient absorption of moisture. Works best for sensitive skins, supplementing non-invasive light therapies such as LED Red photomodulation, whereby emitted light is “coded” to promote healthy skin cell changes such as improved skin healing, increased collagen synthesis and oil reduction.

Available online from www.gabrielcosmeticsinc.com @$22.50 USD

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