Why are sea minerals so good for the skin?

Thalgo-Soin-Fondamental-de-la-Mer-Marine-Infusion-Mask-12-treatments-1600x1069 Why are sea minerals so good for the skin?

We’ve been an admirer or Thalgo and its many products for a long time. This is the brand whose emphasis is on the sea, and we’ve yet to use a product that we don’t rate highly.

Thalgo Soin Fondamental de la Mer Marine Infusion Mask 12 treatments is the latest one that we’ve been testing out at the Abloomnova offices.

This product is marine-based, hydrating mask and contains nutrient-rich sea water that provides deep, long-lasting hydration.

It comes in sachets, which you add to water in order to make the pack that you apply to the face. It promises to reduce visible signs of fatigue and unveil a smoother, plumper, refreshed and more radiant complexion.

So why are Thalgo so into sea minerals — how do they benefit the skin. To find out, we checked out this piece on The Conversation, written by  Director Of Medicine, The Maitland and Kurri Kurri Hospital, University of Newcastle.

According to Alvarez, ocean water differs from river water in that it has significantly higher amounts of minerals, including sodium, chloride, sulphate, magnesium and calcium. This is why it’s highly useful for skin conditions such as psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune (where the immune system attacks healthy cells) skin condition. People with prosiasis suffer often debilitating skin rashes made of itchy, scaly plaques.

Bathing in natural mineral-rich water, including in mineral springs, is called balneotherapy and has long been used to treat psoriasis. There is also evidence for climatotherapy (where a patient is relocated to a specific location for treatment) in the Dead Sea being an effective remedy for the condition.

Patients suffering from psoriasis have themselves reported feeling better after swimming in the ocean, but this may also have to do with sun exposure, which has been found to improve psoriasis symptoms.

Ocean swimming also has benefits for eczema, another immune-mediated condition. Swimming in the sea can be a good exercise option for those with severe eczema as they often struggle to exercise in the heat and chlorinated pools.

But the response of eczema sufferers to saltwater is variable: some find it soothing, others uncomfortable.

There is some evidence to support the idea magnesium absorption is beneficial for the skin of eczema sufferers – presumably because it makes it less dry – as those using Epsom salt baths will attest. This may happen because magnesium-rich seawater may improve moisture retention in the skin, making it stronger and more rigid.

Because it is rich in other mineral salts such as sodium and iodine, ocean water can be considered an antiseptic, meaning it may have wound-healing properties.

There are many other benefits — relaxation, sinus relief, increased immunity, healthier respiratory systems and a whole host of other benefits. So now we know why Thalgo are so into the sea — we are too!

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