Trend watch: Marine beauty products for the face, body and hair

These beauty products featuring marine ingredients allow you to reap the benefits of the sea long after the beaches close on Labor Day.

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Labor Day weekend marks the last time you’re able to visit New York City beaches before they close for the season, but you can still enjoy the benefits of the sea with these marine beauty products. The skin-, hair- and body-care from these oceanic lines feature ingredients such as seaweed, algae, baby-salmon enzymes and aquatic plants. Find the items at NYC stores such as Miomia, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sephora.


  • This hydrating spray contains USDA-certified organic Patagonian seaweed extracts and Dead Sea crystals, and replicates getting misted in the face by a crashing ocean wave. Use it to set foundation or reduce redness from a sunburn. Osea Malibu Sea Minerals toning spray, $33, at Miomia, 318 Bedford Ave between South 1st and 2nd Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-490-5599, shopmiomia.com)

  • While touring a Norwegian salmon hatchery in 2010, founder Patti Pao noticed how much younger the workers’ hands looked compared to their faces—a byproduct of working with the baby fish, who release a glycolic acid–like enzyme at birth. The exfoliating molecule is central to this luxuriously silky cleanser, which washes away grime and leaves behind smooth, radiant skin. Restørsea Reviving cleanser, $65, at Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave at 58th St (212-753-7300)

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    Part of La Mer’s debut sun collection, this moisturizing self-tanning cream contains the same proprietary blend—kelp from France’s Brittany coast, marine peptides and sea botanicals—found in the luxe beauty brand’s iconic Crème de la Mer. Expect a foolproof, streakless and believable bronze that builds through use over time. La Mer Soleil de la Mer the Face and Body Gradual Tan cream, $85, at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave at 49th St (212-753-4000, saksfifthavenue.com)

  • Extracts from Asian aquatic plants such as water lotus and bamboo get skin clean without stripping it of its natural moisture. The salty-clean scent—imagine seawater spiked with detergent—also provides an invigorating start to your morning. H2O Plus Spa Sea Lotus body wash, $17, at h2oplus.com

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    Chapped lips don’t stand a chance against this vegan and USDA-certified organic ointment, which functions like a deeply moisturizing and less viscous petroleum jelly. The clear formula features sea fennel (said to reduce fine lines) and SPF 18, and leaves behind a slight sheen that enhances your smacker. Gabriel Cosmetics Marine Lip Treatment, $20, at Whole Foods Market, locations throughout the city; visit wholefoodsmarket.com

  • Spray this reparative elixir—packed with eight organic seaweeds and algae, including hydrating Neptune kelp and protein-rich wakame—onto damp, shampooed hair, then rinse it out a minute later for silken strands. Aquage SeaExtend Silkening Power Infusion hair treatment, $28, at Studio Hair Plus, 20 E 40th St at Madison Ave (212-689-3255)

  • Although all of Israeli skin-care brand Ahava’s products contain its signature mineral-rich Dead Sea water, this gel serum is purported to have the highest concentration of the anti-aging elixir. Laminaria digitata, a dark-brown algae extract, is added to improve skin’s luminosity. Ahava Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate serum, $60, at Macy’s, 151 W 34th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-695-4400, macys.com)

  • A team of San Francisco biotechnology scientists founded this skin-care company after discovering the anti-aging benefits of alguronic acid, found in the microalgae they were researching. This hybrid serum and face oil features another ingredient from the resilient unicellular species: microalgae oil, which promises to repair and regenerate cells for a youthful visage. Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil, $79, at Sephora, locations throughout the city; visit sephora.com

  • Whenever our skin freaks out from stress, we slather on this rich, creamy face mask for ten minutes to calm it down. A quartet of sustainable seaweeds, bolstered by calamine and antioxidant-rich olive-leaf extract, helps hydrate and prevent blotchiness. Repêchage Hydra 4 mask, $33, at Lovella, 111 W 72nd St between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves (212-988-7766)

  • Consider this fine sea-salt scrub from Italian anticellulite brand Guam a one-step solution for smooth skin. Massage in the exfoliating sandy mixture, featuring seaweed harvested off the coast of Brittany, France, while you shower. It not only replaces your regular body wash, but you won’t need to use moisturizer afterward—nourishing jojoba and rice-bran oils provide deep, long-lasting hydration. Guam Algascrub marine salt scrub, $50 (normally $59), at guambeautymud.com. Use code “timeoutny” at checkout to receive this discount through Oct 1.

This hydrating spray contains USDA-certified organic Patagonian seaweed extracts and Dead Sea crystals, and replicates getting misted in the face by a crashing ocean wave. Use it to set foundation or reduce redness from a sunburn. Osea Malibu Sea Minerals toning spray, $33, at Miomia, 318 Bedford Ave between South 1st and 2nd Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-490-5599, shopmiomia.com)

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