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Seaweed Science

Brand partners VOYA are a leading global lifestyle brand, grounded in science but inspired by the Atlantic Ocean and the ancient Irish tradition of seaweed bathing. They share with us the science behind the seaweed…


Seaweed has been used for over 300 years as therapy for a variety of skin and rheumatic conditions in Ireland. Seaweed naturally absorbs its nourishment from the sea, over 80% of the seaweed plant is made up of essential minerals, vitamins, and other bioactive compounds. 

Seaweed encompasses a broad range of vital nutrients such as fibre, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and iron and is also well known for its high iodine content which supports the maintenance of normal healthy skin. In addition, seaweed contains several key vitamins including folate, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, and C. In fact, seaweed is almost unique in that it is one of the few plant sources of vitamin B12.

Seaweed also contains several other bioactive compounds not found anywhere else, including: Fucoxanthin, a powerful antioxidant that can quench harmful free radicals and reactive oxygen species that damage our bodies cells and Phlorotannin’s, a type of polyphenol, whose antioxidant activity fights against the free radicals that damage our cells and DNA.


Scientifically Proven

VOYA works with the most advanced cosmetic scientists to formulate our highly effective seaweed-based facial and body care products. Our latest independent scientific research on the efficacy of seaweed completed in conjunction with the Shannon Biotechnology Research Centre at the Institute of Technology, Tralee confirms that seaweed has a profound effect on Antioxidant Protection, Collagen Production and Skin Barrier Quality. 

Antioxidant Protection

Scientific Research has shown that prolonged exposure to oxidative stress leads to inherent and premature skin aging. Free radicals which cause this stress are around us every day. Our bodies create free radicals but there are huge number of external factors too, such as UVA/UVB/UVC, Air Pollution, Air Conditioning and Central Heating, Stress, and a poor diet. By protecting the skin from free radical damage, you can help to protect against premature aging, prevent pollution damage and decrease sensitivity. All VOYA seaweeds have been proven to increase the skins ability to fight against free radicals by over 100%.

Collagen Production

Collagen is important for the brightness, elasticity, firmness, and suppleness of the skin. As we grow older our collagen gradually decreases. You cannot physically add collagen to the skin as a collagen molecule is too large. You can however use ingredients which stimulate fibroblasts to make more of your own collagen.

Protect your skin barrier

Your skins functional barrier is there to protect your skin. If there is a breakdown in the skins function barrier you are at increased risk of:

  • Water/hydration loss
  • Increased Sensitivity
  • Oxidative Stress (premature aging)

The main proteins in the skin responsible for the skins function barrier are: Keratin I, Keratin 5, Keratin 10 Keratin 14 and Aquaporins. Aquaporins transport water and other solutes around the epidermis and are vital for the skins function, hydration levels and wound healing. Our study confirms that: Fucus Serratus elevated the expression of Keratin 5, 10 ,15 and aquaporins and Laminaria Digitata elevated the expression of keratin 10. While Fucus Serratus decreased the trans-epidermal water loss in the skin by 14%*


Explore a selection of our VOYA treatments 

VOYA Express Marine Eye Treatment

Designed to refresh and rejuvenate tired eyes, this unique treatment uses organic seaweed eye compresses to reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark shadows. Minimum age 14 years. Duration 20 minutes.

therapist performing eye treatment in express area

VOYA Spring Tides Menopausal Wellbeing Ritual

Transform your inner and outer self with this VOYA balancing ritual celebrating and supporting you through the natural tides of menopause. Minimum age 18 years. Duration 50 minutes.

VOYA Tranquil Delight

Combining massage to the back of the body, a prescriptive facial and scalp massage, this treatment leaves you relaxed with a deep sense of tranquillity and nourished skin. Minimum age 18 years. Duration 50 minutes.

VOYA Organic Precious Moments

An indulgent treatment tailored especially to Mum and her growing bump. Minimum age 18 years. Duration 50 minutes.

VOYA Organic Illuminating Facial

A deeply detoxifying, organic facial that includes a 20 minute relaxing facial massage to release any build-up of toxins, enhance radiance and restore a glowing complexion. Minimum age 18 years. Duration 50 minutes.

VOYA Lavender Body Wrap

Awaken inner radiance with this comforting and indulgent treatment, leaving your skin feeling silky soft and with a calming aroma of lavender and rosemary. Minimum age 18 years. Duration 50 minutes.

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