Iceland Moss is one of many species of Cetraria and is thought to be the first to be consumed as food. It is used to make Iceland Moss milk, porridge and breads which incorporate tea. Also used as European folk medicine, it grows in the alpine region and is most famous for growing in the pure, unpolluted air within the mineral rich volcanic soil of ancient lava fields of Iceland. It is abundant throughout the Arctic and alpine regions of northern hemisphere, adapting to the strong cold winds and harsh environments.
It may look like moss but it is actually a lichen that is a symbiosis between a fungus and algae. In this beautiful northern Icelandic cold and alpine region, the Iceland Moss is a precious plant that grows with vitality.
So how does this moss help our skin?
With bioadhesive effects, Iceland moss prevents the penetration of various stimuli and impurities that can be the main contributing reason for skin trouble. It also helps keep your skin clean and clear from oxidation.
Iceland Moss protects and restores skin from fine dust and other environmental negatives. The acids in Iceland Moss has a mild antimicrobial and demulcent effect that helps sooth irritated skin. Rich in Calcium, iodine, potassium, phosphorous and vitamins, the Iceland Moss promotes and supports healthy skin. It has a moisturizing effect with refreshing, emollient and hydrating properties that helps improve the appearance of wrinkles, skin tone, texture, elasticity and firmness.
Iceland Moss contains a large amount of lichenin, a polysaccharide that forms a moist and soothing layer with the necessary water retention to keep the skin moist and supple. Dehydrated skin is a breeding ground for trouble skin which causes physical changes that make the skin appear older, dull, and unattractive.