Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Medical Reports: Healing Seas
A trip to the beach can mean more than just a day in the sun. According to one South Florida doctor, the ocean contains minerals that can soothe away your skin problems, and he has bottled those benefits. Seven's Diana Diaz shows us how the Healing Seas works.
WSVN -- We all know a dip in the ocean can be fun and refreshing, but did you ever consider the healing properties of the sea?
Dr. Jose Soto: "It's been studied for centuries by different doctors and scientists around the world, what the ocean water might be good for."
Dr. Jose Soto, a family practitioner for more than 20 years, began studying the ocean water to determine its medicinal benefits.
Dr. Jose Soto: "The ocean contains the same minerals, the same key elements that we have in our blood."
Those six key elements are sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium and sulfate.
Dr. Jose Soto: "It's like we have the DNA of the ocean."
Dr. Soto realized the ocean water could help some of his patients, so he developed Sea-mar. It's purified sea water, which can be used for a variety of ailments.
Alessandra Angelini was having a problem controlling her oily skin.
Alessandra Angelini: "When I would put on creams underneath my makeup, the oily skin, you could still see it coming through, and that was always a problem when I wanted to go out."
So, about six months ago, she started using Sea-mar in place of her moisturizer, and she loves the results.
Alessandra Angelini: "The few breakouts that I used to have, I hardly have any at all."
Holly Nobil has combination skin and struggled to find a toner to help balance it out.
Holly Nobil: "If they were too astringent they would dry out my skin, and I would have a reverse reaction where I would start to break out."
Holly now sprays her face with sea-mar before applying her moisturizer and makeup.
Holly Nobil: "It kind of balanced out the oily areas but didn't over-dry the dry areas, so I actually found it was really helping my skin."
Dr. Soto says the ocean has a soothing effect and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. In fact, his patients who suffer from eczema have even found relief using the product.
Dr. Jose Soto: "We have given it to them just to reduce the redness, and they report improvement in the condition. They feel calmer. There's no side effects from using ocean water."
Dr. Soto admits they don't yet know exactly how the sea works to relieve skin problems, but researchers do believe the ions in the water stimulate the production of cells that have a calming effect, and there could be even more benefits.
Dr. Jose Soto: "There's a lot more to learn about the ocean, and that's what we are heading to."
Diana Diaz: "Dr. Soto's findings on ocean water will be published in this month's International Journal of Applied Sciences. Sea-mar sells for $15 a bottle."
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