Discovering the secrets
Benefits of Seaweed
Seaweed naturally cleanses and purifies your skin, helping to improve its suppleness and elasticity. It helps to reduce the signs of ageing by toning, smoothing, moisturising and stimulating skin cells. VOYA products are formulated to deeply nourish your skin and aid its natural ability to heal and repair.
As seaweed sources it’s nourishment from the sea, it absorbs an incomparable abundance of beneficial ingredients, remember life began in the sea. All of our products contain only the finest organic ingredients and are free from artificial colours, synthetic fragrances and harmful ingredients. We also care deeply for our environment so all of our products use biodegradable, recycled or recyclable packaging. For beautifully soft skin discover the restorative power of wild organic seaweed.
Seawater and blood plasma have an almost identical chemical composition. Seaweed filters the ocean for nourishment making it the perfect solution to replenish the body’s minerals. Seaweeds, which are a type of algae, contain strong antioxidants, countless minerals, vitamins and beneficial ingredients in high concentrations to help protect your skin against free radicals, and can aid in treating a number of skin conditions, including psoriasis, eczema and acne. In fact, no plant known has a comparable quantity of minerals and vitamins.
How we harvest our seaweed
The seaweed which has been cultivated for 100’s of years can only be harvested by hand and selected by sight. Experienced harvesters in remote parts of the west of Ireland, with many years of experience, carefully harvest this precious wild crop. No machinery is used so as not to harm the delicate seabed or marine life. Only a small portion of the seaweed is cut at a time to ensure it grows back within 8 months. Seaweed harvesting at high tide can be dangerous and sometimes the search for seaweed will have to be abandoned for this reason. It is the nature of dealing with a natural beauty product. The ocean calls the shots.
Seaweed and seaweed baths are a traditional marine cure therapy, in fact the only therapy indigenous to Ireland. The ancient Greeks believed seawater preserved and restored good health and in 19th century France, seawater (Thalassatherapy) was regarded as a complete mineral source that could cure ailments caused by mineral imbalance.
When seaweed is steamed the polymers in the seaweed act as a carrier for minerals, vitamins, proteins and polysaccharides, creating a natural alkaline poultice. These amazing luxurious oils surround the body which is acidic by contrast, and by the simple process of osmosis, the body is detoxified and minerals are replaced. These oils are naturally suspended in the water and as heat has opened the body’s pores, these oils are readily absorbed. The experience is thoroughly relaxing. For years seaweed baths have been used as a way of relaxing, relieving pain and in more modern times as a way to unwind and de-stress. This is largely due to the detoxifying effects of the seaweed and recuperative effects of its high mineral content. Seaweed baths act as an amazing detoxification for the body, quite simply it is a large poultice, quickly removing toxins, whilst transferring these amazing nutrients to the body. Others have found that the gel in a seaweed bath is similar to the plasma in the womb and that’s why people relax as much as they do. Seaweed is also used as a treatment for cellulite and has anti-ageing capabilities.
Interesting facts about seaweed
The benefits of seaweed and its extracts are numerous and can be attributed to the great wealth of material that it contains. Summarised below are just some of the amazing facts about our seaweed:
- In reality, seaweed is a simple and fascinating plant that is a treasure chest of natural chemicals and beneficial ingredients. Seaweed or algae is the oldest form of life on the planet. All life began in the mineral rich waters of our oceans. Seaweeds draw from the sea an incomparable wealth of mineral elements, macro-elements, vitamins and trace elements. The mineral content of some seaweeds accounts for up to 80% of its dry matter.
- The Iodine or Iodine-Protein complexes which are prevalent in seaweed are essential for the thyroid gland, to regulate the body’s metabolism. An under-active thyroid can lead to weight gain, fatigue, cold sensitivity, loss of hair and slow pulse.
- In ancient Polynesia, the people knew of the curative properties of seaweed and used it to treat various wounds, bruises and swellings. Seaweed Alginates are now used as a dressing for severe burns or wounds. These oils in seaweed have long been used to recuperate from illness, by detoxifying the body and helping the renewal of damaged skin cells. Seaweed was known as the “Sailor’s Cure” by ancient mariners.
- Seaweed contains natural anti-ageing and anti-cellulite properties. It can improve suppleness and the elasticity of skin. It stimulates the renewal of damaged skin cells, detoxifies, cleanses and tones while naturally moisturising the skin.
- Algae extracts have a pronounced moisturising effect on the hair, increasing hair lustre and softness while decreasing its’ electrostatic charge. Treated hair has more body and is less fly away.
- Seaweed has the ability to react with protein to form a gel which has a pronounced moisturising effect on the skin, softens the hands and body, and produces soothing face packs or masks. It has been known for a long time that seaweed is an emollient with smoothing, tissue renewal and anti-inflammatory properties that can have a positive effect on problems such as fine lines or wrinkles. It acts as a moisturiser by its hydrating and protective action of forming a layer on the skin that reduces loss of skin moisture through evaporation.
- Essential Fatty Acids that are contained in seaweed are a part of the lipid layer in your skin, and help maintain the suppleness and elasticity of skin. These fats have long been known to be necessary for the body’s functioning, their deficiency results in the skin losing moisture and leading to hardening and drying. Only recently, however, has their role in skincare become clearly understood. Essential Fatty Acids along with Ceramides, Oxidants, Amino Acids, Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Vitamin A & E work harmoniously to ensure that the skin is nourished from deep within. They are now an important constituent of products for intensive skincare.
- Seaweeds contain Algal polyphenols & Carotenoids which have been proven to be powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that protect against cell damage inflicted by molecules called oxygen-free radicals, which are a major cause of disease and ageing. Like beta carotene and vitamins C and E, polyphenols protects the cells in your body from an unstable form of oxygen called a free radical. The antioxidant combines with the free radical to prevent it from attaching to and damaging the cells in your body.
- Seaweed has been used as an effective treatment for conditions like Psoriasis, Eczema, Dermatitis and Acne. Certain seaweed species have been used in China for the treatment of Cancer. Research has indicated cancerous tumours seem to be inhibited by long-chained polysaccharides found in seaweeds.
- Preliminary studies carried out by Dr Peter Smyth from the Conway Institute of Bimolecular and Biomedical Research at University College Dublin and Dr Stefan Kraan, Irish Seaweed Centre, Martin Ryan Institute, in VOYA Seaweed Baths indicate that there is a measurable uptake of minerals by the skin from seaweed baths.