Are you someone who enjoys swimming in the ocean?
Then you may be pleased to find that saltwater is really good for your skin.
That’s right it can turn you into a tiny living aquarium, well almost.
So join us as we dive deep excuse the pun, and explore the beautifying benefits of seawater.
Is seawater beneficial for your skin?
First, we need to get a bit technical, so bear with us.
The human body is made up of 80% water. Our vital body fluids include lymph, which is known as blood plasma, and interstitial fluid, a solution that surrounds and bathes our cells.
Interestingly, this fluid and human plasma have the same mineral structure and concentration as seawater – which contains many vitamins, amino acids, and minerals like magnesium, potassium, and sulfur. So in some respects, we are like a mini, living aquarium.
Seawater is easily assimilated into the skin and can help replenish lost nutrients, helping recharge the body. Internally, we have our own mini interior sea, where our cells are constantly nourished and reproduced.
It’s also interesting to note that seawater and blood plasma have a nearly identical chemical composition in mineral and trace element levels.
Seawater is so close to the body’s internal environment, that if white blood cells are removed from the body and placed in a sterile diluted seawater solution, they can maintain normal cell function—this is the only solvent that will accommodate the continued cellular activity. Pretty incredible right?.
Benefits of seawater, the facts
- the salt in the water helps to keep our skin free of toxins
- seawater contains around 80 important elements that are found in the body
- the high magnesium content found in seawater helps to lock moisture in the skin’s tissue; improving hydration
- seawater has natural antiseptic properties; it is very healing and repairing which is due to the potassium chloride and salt found in the water
- seawater is rich in micro-organisms, that have powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, helping to keep skin healthy
Historically, bathing’s therapeutic effects in mineral-rich waters have been recorded for centuries – or at least since Hippocrates proclaimed the curative powers of soaking in natural hot springs. Today this is known as thalassotherapy – a form of spa therapy, that is said to restore and remineralize the body. Special marine water pools are specifically charged with mineral water to bathe in.
Does Saltwater Help With Breakouts?
Saltwater has natural antiseptic drying agents like sulfur, a mineral often used in blemish treatments to dry blemishes. Sulfur is one such ingredient used in Resq our anti-blemish complex, that targets breakouts at the source.
If you are prone to breakouts, a swim in the ocean may heal these up for you; especially if you suffer from acne on your back, which is difficult to reach to treat correctly, seawater can really improve this.
So is seawater good for your skin? or should you avoid it at all costs?
You can now see it has a real affinity with your skin and has some amazing benefits, especially for oily skin prone to breakouts.
If your keen to continue on the subject of all things sea – the article on the beautifying benefits of seaweed you may find of interest.
On a final note, ever wondered why those usually shy, retiring mermaids love to sit on rocks taking in that sea air? It’s because the spray from the air is full of hydrogen ions; these ions have strong antioxidants, which help to stop the dance of destruction in the skin created by free radicals.
The beauty secret that all Merfolk don’t want us to know I s that inhaling action of the sea mist that will help slow down the hands of time improves every organ and cell’s health within the body, giving your skin a healthy, youthful glow.
Seriously, no wonder mermaids keep all this information under wraps and now that you’re privy to this knowledge, we know you’ll be adorning your bathing suit in no time at all.