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Ingredient Spotlight: Japanese Seaweed

With cooler weather approaching, you may be searching for a skincare product that will help with dry, dull, and irritated skin. Enter: Laminaria Japonica, or Japanese Seaweed. It’s an algae-rich ingredient that duplicates the aesthetics of mammalian collagen by delivering enhanced levels of moisture to the skin.  As a little background, our skin naturally produces collagen which is known to keep our skin from sagging, giving us that plump, youthful look. However, as we age, our body starts to decrease production. When we look at collagen in skincare products, they are typically sourced from animal byproducts like bones and skin, which is why Japanese seaweed is a great alternative for vegan, cruelty-free, and conscious consumers.  Another reason why seaweed is so great in skincare is its ability to hold and retain water. It’s an amazing source of hyaluronic acid which holds and retains moisture in the skin. If you think about the seaweed in your miso soup, the dried seaweed really expands and absorbs the liquid it’s sitting in. In skincare, seaweed will also hold moisture inside our outer layer of skin which adds to the plump, brightened skin look.  Japanese seaweed is also known for its anti-aging and antioxidant properties. Research has shown that kelp extract has shown antioxidant effects that work to neutralize free radicals from the environment. When incorporated into skincare formulas, kelp extract’s antioxidant protection helps to reduce oxidative stress found in the skin, which can also aid with anti-aging effects.  One of our favorite products with Japanese seaweed is MIFA & Co’s Vitamin Sea Essence. Their vegan collagen essence provides a powerful, weightless boost of vitamins and minerals for plump, deeply nourished skin. Vitamin Sea Essence combines a lightweight feel, with the high-performing ingredients of an essence.  

Bakuchiol 101

Are you dreaming of smooth, radiant skin? Antioxidant-rich Bakuchiol ("buh-KOO-chee-all") has you covered.   The trending skincare ingredient is a gentle plant-based retinol alternative. What does that mean? Bakuchiol offers similar skin benefits to retinol without harsh side effects like dryness, peeling, and redness. Plus, unlike retinol, it can be used...

Ingredient Spotlight: Green Tea

Green tea is one of our favorite drinks in the morning. It’s made from the leaves of a plant called camellia sinensis and originated in China, but is widely popular across East Asia. When ingested, green tea can help with staying more alert due to its caffeine content, but it...

Ingredient Spotlight: Sea Salt

Salt - the ingredient that often gets a bad rap for just doing it’s thing. Eat too much of it, and you face the short term consequences of a puffy face the next day. However, there’s also the long term consequences of how a sodium-rich diet can put our health...

How to Incorporate CBD Into Your Clean Beauty Skincare Routine

Having a clean beauty skincare routine in place ensures our skin gets the right ingredients to keep it looking glowing and healthy. So - why not try adding CBD to your skincare routine? An increasing number of indie beauty brands have started offering skin care products that take advantage of...

Ingredient Spotlight: Lemon

Lemon isn’t just good for making lemonade! We’re big fans of adding it to water for flavour or with honey to soothe a sore throat.  Lemon (and lemon rind extract) has benefits for your skin as well. That’s why we’ve incorporated a product with lemon into our upcoming Spring Box. ...

Ingredient Spotlight: Hyaluronic Acid

An acid that hydrates! Sounds too weird to be true… but hyaluronic acid is a humectant and an ingredient that skincare savants swear by.  Susan Yara, beauty and lifestyle expert, shared the benefits of hyaluronic acid and in context with other acids (glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acid). Unlike the others,...

Ingredient Spotlight: Oats

Oats are one of the healthiest grains, full of fibre, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and full of health benefits. If it is nutritious to eat, is it a beneficial ingredient for your skin? If you are someone with dry or sensitive skin, skincare products with colloidal oats might be calling...

Ingredient Spotlight: Vitamin C

Lately, Vitamin C products have been popping up everywhere, from indie and mainstream brands alike. But this isn’t just another ingredient trend; Vitamin C has real benefits for your skin according to dermatologists.    Wait - what is Vitamin C?  Ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid, or as we know it...

Ingredient Spotlight: Honey

Welcome back to this week’s blog post! As you can probably see, today’s topic is definitely going to be SWEET. That’s right, we’ll be focusing on one of my favorite ingredients HONEY!   You’ve probably seen many DIY beauty treatment recipes that include mixing in oats, or tumeric and other...