Sustainably Harvested: Seaweed in Skin Care

Written by   Lydia Sarfati

The benefits of seaweed are the subject of serious research and is one of the top subjects in international communities for development. In fact, the global seaweed market size was $13.33 billion dollars in 2019 and is projected to reach 23.04 billion in 2027.

Leading scientists are looking towards seaweed and aquaculture to find numerous applications in the modern world because of its composition and ability to grow just about anywhere in the ocean.

“Seaweeds are abundant and ancient autotrophic organisms that can be found in virtually all near-shore aquatic ecosystems. They form an important living resource of the near shore environment. For millennia, people have collected seaweeds for food, fodder for animals, and fertilizers and soil enhancers. More recently, seaweeds have become important sources of various bioreactive molecules and are important in medicine and biotechnology. Containing phycocolloids, or polysaccharides, they are also used in toothpaste, soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, skin care, milk, ice cream and many other items.”2

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Lydia SarfatiLydia Sarfati is an international industry leader, with over 46 years of experience as a spa owner, consultant, and aesthetician. She is the founder and CEO of Repêchage, the first company to bring seaweed-based skin care treatments to the United States market and is the President of CIDESCO Section U.S.A, the world's major international beauty therapy association. She appears at industry tradeshows, is the author of “Success at Your Fingertips: How to Succeed in the Skin Care Business,” and “The Repêchage Book of Skincare Science & Protocols,” and is a contributing author to textbooks, such as “The Milady Standard Esthetics: Fundamentals, Twelfth Edition, and Oncology Esthetics.”

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