Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
4 minute read
7 Mar 2021
9:03 am

Answer to skin diseases may lie at the bottom of the ocean 

Nica Richards

Kelp, which has been used in various beauty products for centuries, has been found to contain anti-inflammatory properties and is now being used to create treatments for a range of skin ailments.

Kelp-based products are beneficial in the treatment of many skin conditions. Photo: iStock

A long-lost natural skincare product lurking in the depths of the Western Cape’s sea beds has made a resurgence due to its ability to cure a host of skin conditions.  Kelp (Ecklonia maxima), which has been used in various beauty products for centuries, has been found to contain anti-inflammatory properties. This means many skin conditions, from redness to itchiness, can be relieved using kelp.  To make this skin curing process classier than rubbing a giant piece of kelp on the affected area, various bottled ranges of alternatives are now available. How does it work? The active ingredient in kelp skincare treatment...