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A Look Inside :: OSEA Skincare


Established in Malibu, CA in 1996 by a young mother on a mission, OSEA Malibu is a family-run non-toxic skincare line that focuses on pure ingredients and proven results. OSEA offers savvy skincare shoppers high quality organic and natural ingredients, innovative anti-aging concentrates, and effective natural acne treatments. All products in their line are vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and 100% free of parabens, synthetic colors and fragrances, GMOs, petrochemicals and sulfates. Made with USDA Certified Organic Seaweed concentrates and skin superfoods to restore skin to its highest level of healthy beauty.

Meet Melissa Palmer, second generation CEO of OSEA Skincare, women’s health advocate and all-around natural beauty lover!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 (beauty & wellness) products could you not live without?  (You have food and water)
Our Essential Hydrating Oil, Dr. Bronner’s and my wide brimmed hat to protect from sun!

What is your morning beauty routine? Evening?
Morning: I start the day with 16 ounces of fresh cold-pressed celery and lemon juice. I wash my face with Ocean Cleanser, followed by Brightening Serum and Atmosphere Protection Cream.

Evening: I unwind by doing 10 minutes of meditation, dry brush my skin, wash my face with Ocean Cleansing Milk, followed by Advanced Protection Cream. I drink a glass of unsweetened Montmorency cherry juice  which is rich in natural melatonin, a half hour before bed to help me sleep.

What’s your favorite part about running OSEA?
Traveling the world in search of the purest, most natural ingredients and visiting the farmers who grow our botanical ingredients. I love seeing our family friends who harvest our seaweed in the Sea of Patagonia and participating in the drying process. Mostly, I am so grateful that I get to work with my family, especially my mother, OSEA founder, Jenefer Palmer!

What’s a trend in the beauty industry you’d like to see grow?
I’d love to see more beauty companies switching to plant-based ingredients.

What beauty trend would you like to see disappear?
The use of harmful synthetic chemicals and fragrances, including parabens, PEG compounds, dimethicone, petrolatum and phthalates to name a few.

Of the products you make, which is your favorite?
I literally grew up with OSEA… My Mom was always in the kitchen either cooking or making products. So as my skin has changed over the past 20 years, my favorites have changed. My current obsession of the last two years is our Atmosphere Protection Cream! It’s a perfect lightweight cream for all skin types that hydrates and protects against environmental aggressors.

We all know healthy beauty starts with what we put in our bodies.  What 3 tips can you share about beauty from the inside out? (think superfoods, supplements, teas, elixirs and the like)
1) Drink your celery! Celery juice detoxes your liver and improves skin quality. 2) Eat more vegan protein. Current favs: spirulina, maca powder, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, goji berries and quinoa. 3) Gargle with coconut oil (sometimes known as oil pulling). It sounds gross but really strengthens the immune system!

Serious stuff. Which ingredients do you avoid at all costs?
Synthetic Fragrance (gives me an immediate headache). PEG Compounds. Any synthetic ingredients.

Do you have a favorite beauty boosting meal you’d like to share a recipe for?
I’m obsessed with making beauty smoothies in my Vitamix. Current favorite for glowing skin: Combine spinach, ½ a frozen banana, cucumber, ginger, avocado, almond (or other nut milk) and a tiny bit of coconut nectar. Blend and enjoy!

Do you have a hero?  If so, who and why?
My mother Jenefer who struggled to support our family as a healer and bodyworker, all the while pursuing her dream of creating a safe and natural skincare line. She taught us the power of kindness first, while leading by example. She also taught us so much about wellness and the power of natural food and beauty. I didn’t always appreciate being the weirdo health nut growing up, but now I am so grateful now for the habits and knowledge she passed down to my siblings and I.

Learn more about OSEA here.