It’s no secret that Japan has got the secrets to longevity and health figured out – unlike health problems that plague Western countries, such as heart disease, cancer, and obesity – Japan’s rates are among the lowest in the world, and their people enjoy a long life expectancy and good health. And not only do the Japanese tend to live longer, but they also tend to look younger longer. Many professionals speculate this may be due to their diet rich in fish and tofu, but one key source of nutrition is often overlooked – seaweed!
The Japanese not only incorporate seaweed into their diet, but also into their cosmetics. Seaweed – particularly a strain known as Phytessence Wakame – is packed with vitamins and minerals, and especially those B-group vitamins, calcium, and antioxidants can do wonders for your skin. Seaweed also inhibits a certain substance in your skin – hyaluronidase – that helps your skin stay smooth, toned, elastic, and ultimately – younger. Finally, this strain of seaweed also contains high levels of iron and potassium, which are two minerals that help maintain proper hydration of your skin, giving you naturally moisturized skin.
According to the Japanese, a good balance of eating seaweed with applying seaweed cream is the secret to maintaining young skin – and the benefits don’t stop there. A diet rich in Wakame Kelp will improve moisture in your hair as well as your skin, fight osteoporosis with its rich calcium and magnesium content, and act as a diuretic to prevent bloating – so the following vendors include both skin crèmes, as well as seaweed to snack on!
How to prepare Wakame Kelp for eating
Wel-Pac – Fueru Wakame (Dried Seaweed) Net Wt. 2 Oz.
Other kinds of seaweed are often found in Japanese skin care products as well. One popular use for seaweed in skincare is seaweed facemasks. You’ll notice the difference almost immediately – seaweed facemasks can help stimulate your metabolism, regenerate skin cells, prevent skin irritation and alleviate acne, itching, and redness. Seaweed facemasks can help improve circulation in the skin to leave your face both soft and glowing.
Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask