Find Out Why We’re Diving Into Marine Beauty

Discover the POWER OF THE SEA with SARAH HALLIWELL‘s pick of the best treatments and products …


Of all the wonder ingredients we come across each week at the beauty desk, from blueberries to turmeric, the one that has instant appeal is anything connected to the sea. Regular sea swimmers swear by the bracing effects of saltwater for healthy body and mind; and if you’ve ever tried Crème de la Mer, you know that sea minerals and algae in skincare can be wondrous for the skin.


So the idea of an outdoor seaweed bath overlooking the Irish Sea is one of the most restoring – and uniquely Irish – treatments you can try. For the most luxurious, head to The Cliff House in Ardmore (above). After a Michelin-starred dinner (the oak-smoked salmon is a show-stopper), and a night listening to the waves just outside your open window (deluxe terrace rooms are closest to the sea), luxuriating in seaweed under a little light Irish rain is the most restoring treatment I’ve tried all year. It may not be for everyone – one colleague thought it sounded like torture – but a face or body treatment using seaweed-infused skincare by Sligo brand Voya certainly is. Meanwhile the super-modern Europe Spa overlooking the serene lake in Killarney is one of the best-equipped and most stylish in Ireland, with a seawater pool and outdoor thermal pool; its therapists and ESPA treatments are excellent. You can also dip into seaweed baths at the Ice House’s spa in Ballina.


At home, try Estée Lauder’s Nutritious Micro-Algae range, especially good for breakouts, and Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. French brand Avène is even utilising brown algae extract to boost collagen in the skin in their new SPF50 cream. Our passion for the sea extends to fragrance, though we find marine notes are often not distinct enough. An honourable exception is Creed’s Erolfa (at Harvey Nichols Dundrum), the 1992 fragrance inspired by a love of sailing. An uplifting blend of ocean spray and herbs, it transports us to the middle of the Mediterranean. We’re also drawn to James Heeley’s Sel Marin (at Parfumarija) for a blast of sea air – can anything smell better than sea salt, lemon and Italian bergmot? Get into deep water …

Sarah Halliwell

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