Reel them in: Oceanic inspired skincare

By Janetta Mackay

Marine ingredients are increasingly finding favour across the anti-ageing skincare industry, but these products stand out in having oceanic extracts at the centre of their formulations.

Obiqo Intensive Facial Serum; La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology Revitalizing Emulsion; La Mer The Lifting Contour Serum; Thalgo Exception Ultime Serum.
Obiqo Intensive Facial Serum; La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology Revitalizing Emulsion; La Mer The Lifting Contour Serum; Thalgo Exception Ultime Serum.

Obiqo Intensive Facial Serum $55
New Zealand-harvested kelp extracts combine with French algal ones in this moisturising serum, which also features soothing botanical extracts from native coastal flora and French sea lavender.

The hardy lavender plant's peptides are high in antioxidants. The ingredients are used throughout Obiqo's concise face and body ranges, along with marine elastin peptides and marine collagen, extracted from managed fishery byproducts without the use of solvents. For stockists see obiqoskincare.com.


La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology Revitalizing Emulsion $200
Antioxidant-rich algae is at the heart of the five-piece unisex Marine Biology collection the Swiss company considers an entry level range and an example of "eco-luxury".

Controlled cultivation of algae, kelp and other sea plants in a protected, land-based environment ensures nature's resources are not depleted. The emulsion hydrates the face, neck and eye zone to streamline skincare routines.

From Smith & Caughey's and Face Facts, Remuera.


La Mer The Lifting Contour Serum $565
This sculpting gel-serum is designed to give the face and neck an instant tightened feel and is said to work on contours over time by stimulating collagen and elastin for improved tone.

At the heart of all La Mer products is the so-called "Miracle Broth" of active marine ferments, developed by a Nasa physicist to help heal his own burns nearly 50 years ago. For this line, the American company has added brown and blue algal extracts and marine peptides to the original kelp-based mix. From Smith & Caughey's.


Thalgo Exception Ultime Serum $331.90
Exception Ultime is Thalgo's top-of-the line range designed for more mature skins. It extends to in-salon treatments, with creams and this serum for at-home use. They contain a so-called age reverse complex marrying algal hormones and a plant molecule from Egyptian fig to bolster fibroblasts in skin, which help with density and elasticity.

The serum is also infused with hydrating hyaluronic acid to leave skin feeling smoother. For beauty therapist stockists, ph 0800 842 546.


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