Charles Northern once wrote, “Lacking minerals, the vitamins are useless.” Other researchers agree that vitamins don’t do their jobs—internally or externally—unless adequate minerals and trace minerals are present to create the full circuit of energized action.
Researchers explain that major minerals are found in the body in large amounts, but for the skin or body to absorb or “metabolize” and respond to the active ingredients in skin creams or internal supplements, microscopic but very vital amounts of trace minerals must be present.
Years ago, trace minerals were considered waster products because they were found in such minute quantities. But biochemists and gerontologists now agree that their importance is enormous.
Trace minerals (copper, magnesium, iron, boron, potassium, cobalt, zinc and other mineral salts) have a specific action. They function best when the full variety of trace elements are combined in a formula. Seaweed from deep-sea waters has been found to contain the full variety (as well as vitamins) and is more effective than earthen minerals.
Researchers maintain that farmers enrich soil primarily with nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous. Therefore, today’s soil and plants do not offer the complete range of minerals, particularly trace minerals.
Unfortunately, we do not get adequate minerals or trace minerals from the foods we eat or from our skin creams with plant extracts.
What Is The Specific Action of Trace Minerals for Skin?
Besides helping skin’s surface layer achieve mineral balance, trace minerals carry energy because of their electric charge. Thus, they help energize the skin.
In the early 1980’s, Reviva Labs tested the combined blend of French seaweed’s trace minerals in a product called Gel Stimulante. Applied under active night creams, the gel provided a mineral balance and energy to the skin’s upper layer that helped it absorb night creams more effectively. This was proven in skin clinic tests comparing results of the same cream used before and after a four-week application of the gel under the cream.
But in 1989, Reviva Labs made an even more important mineral/trace mineral discovery with a special seaweed extract from Hawaii. Used in pure, almost 100% potency (the gel’s content was primarily the seawater itself), the new gel not only supplied stronger negative ions and a stronger electric-type energy for catalyst action, it also helped draw more moisture and oxygen into skin.
Research by noted dermatologist Albert Kligman indicated, “Because electrolytic current goes from negative to positive (epidermis is negatively charged), the gel stimulates the dermis’ positive charge, and creates a new energy to cell functions.” According to Kligman, this vitality results in “a thickening of the epidermis.” This means that epidermal cells had drawn more moisture and oxygen from below and had created enriched new cells.
What Made the Special Species of Hawaiian Seaweed So Distinctive?
The nutritional and therapeutic values of sea plants depend on various factors such as the powerful ocean tides, the degree of pollution in the seabeds and water, the amount of sunlight, water temperature and growing seasons. The combination of these factors makes Hawaiian seaweed extract so extraordinary.
Unfortunately, lack of advertising at the time and public awareness about the importance of trace minerals and the Hawaiian sea plant gel made these products fly somewhat under the radar. Lancome’s Oligo Major mineral gel launched in the 1980’s and stirred some interest in trace minerals. But soon after, the anti-aging ingredients have supplanted interest in topical application of minerals and trace minerals.
This article is an attempt to remind retailers and consumers that if your current skin-care regimens are not producing the results you both desire, skin may not be absorbing the nutrients in your creams because of sluggish epidermal energy. The “missing link” may simply be….trace minerals.