OSEA Vegan & Natural Skincare Review

OSEA is a line I was instantly attracted to because of its strong connection to the sea. The line is based on the belief that we can harness the ocean’s energy and the healing power of the sea to restore beauty, health, and well-being.  The founder Jenefer Palmer had studied bio-dynamic cranial therapy and polarity therapy, along with a number of other healing modalities and was a Spa Director before her desire to create a natural line for her clients and discovery of a unique algae species called Gigartina which grows on the Patagonia Coast of South America led her to create OSEA. Their wild Gigartina seaweed is certified USDA organic and ecologically hand harvested in Patagonia, where it is sun-dried on special drying beds. It contains minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and trace elements that are super beneficial to our skin, stimulates collagen production, hydrates and soothes skin,  protects skin from environmental aggressors and stimulates cell regeneration.

OSEA is vegan, gluten free, biodegradable, and natural. The cherry on top is that it’s very much a family owned and operated business where each member of Jenefer’s family plays an important role, and they are the sweetest down-to-earth family ever despite their thriving company. They also care about preserving the natural ecosystems of the Earth and donate to Heal the Bay and other charitable organizations.

This pic was taken the very first time I used OSEA a little more than a year and a half ago and I took their travel size versions with me to Maui. The OSEA line is one I recommend to anyone who is looking for anti-acne skincare. Their products are gentle enough to not irritate skin but powerful enough to treat breakouts.

RED ALGAE MASK

The Red Algae Mask (normal to combo skin) is one of 3 masks they have and removes surface impurities and minimizes the look of pores for a visibly refined complexion. Though my skin can be sensitive I would not consider it to be truly sensitive and this mask was almost a little too powerful for my skin. I can feel a slight burning so I leave it on the for the minimal amount of time (10 mins) and rinse it off. As with all masks I try to do it either in or after a shower or after a steaming session for the mask to work its full potential.

Ingredients

Aqua, *Gigartina Skottsbergii Extract, *Glycerin, French Red Clay, French Pink Clay, Coco-Glucoside, Coconut Alcohol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Palmitoyl, Nymphaea Alba Flower (Water Lily) Extract, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acid, *Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Epilobium Angustifolium (Canadian Willow Bark) Extract, Resveratrol, *Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, *Rosmarinus (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, *Thymus Vulgaris (White Thyme) Oil, *Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, *Juniperus (Juniper) Communis Leaf Oil, *Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Seed Oil, Lactic Acid (derived from fermented beet), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), *Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, *Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Potassium Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate 

*ORGANIC INGREDIENT

BLEMISH BALM

This is a super lightweight & fast-absorbing lotion balm that contains Organic Algae, Mineral Peptides and a blend of oil-balancing Tea Tree, Rosemary, Juniper, Cypress and Thyme essential oils to target blemishes and future breakouts, minimize the appearance of pores and oily shine, and soothe redness. I enjoyed using this in the summer when my skin tends to break out more and appreciates a lighter moisturizer.

Ingredients

Aqua, *Gigartina Skottsbergii Algae, *Macrocystis Pyrifera Algae, *Undaria Pinnatifida Algae, *Vitis Vinifera Seed (Grape) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, *Glycerin, Propanediol, Cetearyl Olivate, *Simmondsia Chinensis Oil (Jojoba Seed Oil), Sorbitan Olivate, *Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Saccharomyces/Manganese Ferment, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, *Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Leaf Essential Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Thymus vulgaris Essential Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, *Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Essential Oil, Stearic Acid, *Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Citric Acid, Lonicera Caprifolium Extract, Lonicera Japonica Extract

*ORGANIC INGREDIENT

SEA VITAMIN BOOST

This is a popular favorite and one of the founder’s favorites as well. It comes in a huge heavy glass bottle (full size) and contains antioxidant-rich Organic Algae, Resveratrol and Pomegranate to lock in moisture and hydrate skin. While I wish the first ingredient weren’t water, this is a beautiful product to own and that red hue just looks magical. It’s got a very slight almost undetectable berry scent to it.

Ingredients

Aqua, *Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, *Gigartina Skottsbergii Extract, Resveratrol, Rubia Tinctorum (Madder) Root Extract, Montmorillonite, Allantoin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), *Glycerin, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Lonicera Caprifolium Extract, Lonicera Japonica Extract 

*ORGANIC INGREDIENT

ESSENTIAL CORRECTIVE COMPLEX 

I used this as a spot treatment before handing it over to my friend who gets the occasional mad pimple. He has since used over half the product and confirms that it works to heal his breakout. I would not use this as an everyday product as it’s highly concentrated and comes in a small bottle that dispenses a lot of oil on the rollerball. It contains  Tea Tree, White Thyme and Juniper help to minimize the appearance of pores, breakouts and oily shine.

Ingredients 

*Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, *Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, *Rosmarinus (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (White Thyme) Oil, *Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, *Juniperus (Juniper) Communis Leaf Oil, *Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) 

HYALURONIC SEA SERUM

This is a high-performance serum which is a must in any good skincare regimen. It contains 3 molecular weights of hyaluronic acid which attracts up to 1,000 X its weight in water, strengthening the skin’s moisture barrier for visibly improved firmness & elasticity. These  three molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid work synergistically with three organic Seaweeds to provide ultimate hydration to parched skin. It’s got a very interesting texture, almost like a bouncy water gel (think if Flubber were a serum). As one of OSEA’s estheticians recommended, I apply this serum as a 2nd serum after a more targeted serum like a Vitamin C focused one. This helps drive the first serum into your skin and deliver nutrients more effectively. It’s such a DENSE serum that one drop on each cheek will be enough to spread over my unusually large face. My skin definitely feels plump and hydrated after using this.

Ingredients

Aqua, Gigartina Skottsbergii Extract*, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract*, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Lonicera Caprifolium Extract, Lonicera Japonica Extract

VITAMIN C PROBIOTIC POLISH

This is another new launch and I am in LOVE. Some products I don’t fall in love with, others I gradually fall in love with over time and some I instantly fall head over heels for. This product provides manual exfoliation and a very intense brightening effect that does not leave you questioning its effectiveness (no surprise as the first ingredient is Ascorbic Acid). It is the first product to combine pure Vitamin C with vegan probiotics and contains Fermented Pomegranate enzymes to gently remove surface build-up, and finely ground organic Bamboo and Rice powders infused with mineral-rich Seaweeds to delicately buff away dull skin. I had always been confused about how often you’re supposed to exfoliate – some people advocate everyday exfoliation and others 1-2 times a week. It’s best to do what your skin needs and with the advice of a professional. Overexfoliating irritates my skin so I stick to a 1-2 times a week approach. Exfoliating is absolutely necessary if you want the nutrients in your skincare products to work – who wants to waste money on skincare. YOU CANNOT BRIGHTEN/IMPROVE DEAD SKIN.

Ingredients

Ascorbic Acid, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder*, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract*, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Gigartina Skottsbergii Extract*, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract*, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract*

ATMOSPHERE PROTECTION CREAM

Pollution wreaks havoc on the skin and I notice its ugly effects when I’m in Southern California where the pollution is horrible compared to Switzerland. This is a lightweight lotion-like cream that instantly makes your skin soft and supple and is one of the founder’s favorites. It does not have any strong scent to it, possibly a very subtle lavender scent. In terms of ingredients, other than the line’s star ingredient of Algae, it is a pretty standard list but the texture and feel of this cream is excellent.

Ingredients

Aqua, *Algae Extract, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, *Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Glucoside, *Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), *Simmondsia Chinensis Oil (Jojoba Seed Oil), *Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), *Calendula Officinalis Extract, L-lysine Lauroyl Methionate, Xanthan Gum, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Ginkgo Biloba​ ​Leaf Extract, *Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, *Pelargonium (Geranium) Graveolens, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Glycine

WHITE ALGAE MASK

After trying the Red Algae Mask I had to try the white one which I hoped would be gentler on my skin, and it is. I can almost use this mask  everyday as it does not contain any clays but instead gives my skin a boost of nutrients before applying skincare. It contains White Marine Algae, White Tea and Resveratrol to diminish the appearance of surface redness, and Mineral Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid to lock in hydration. This mask won’t give you a major brightening/plumping effect if that’s what you’re looking for but it will feed your skin vitamins & antioxidants and leave it visibly toned.