Botanical name: Fucus vesiculosus
Location: West Coast of Kerry, Ireland.
Seaweed type: Wild-harvested
Drying method: Natural, wind and sun.
The anti-aging activity of seaweed extracts is commonly accepted, Bladder Wrack was shown in tests to reduce skin thickness, which increases with age, improving the mechanical and elastic properties of the skin, which makes this sea vegetable particularly useful for topical cosmetics.
This species has recognised emollient action on the skin, where it smooth and softens, its skin conditioning effects sooth the skin, this plants humectant activity draws moisture to the skin acting as a moisturiser. This seaweed has been shown to act as a potent anti-aging ingredient in human studies.
This sea plant also contains fucoidans, which have been shown to have cosmetic effects as diverse as providing protection against photo damage-induced aging, some fucoidans are known to exhibit anti-collagenase activity, an internal enzyme that breaks down collagen in the skin naturally as we age. In addition, fucoidans have been shown to stimulate collagen synthesis.
This seaweed contains high levels of algal lipids, up to 4%, as well as approximately 20% alginic acid, 11% fucoidans and 7% mannitol.
F. vesiculosus has been reported to contain high levels of antioxidant activity, antioxidants are thought to play a preventative role in aging and disease.
Also known as Lady Wrack, Bladder, Sea Wrack, Black Tang, Bladder Fucus, Sea Ware.
Our Vitalize Cleansing Bar contains Bladder Wrack and can be purchased HERE.