Salicornia can be found along all the shorelines of Europe and every year produces cylindrical branches that resemble a type of ragged cactus. However, beneath this ragged exterior, the plant has developed a quite remarkable biological organisation. It is halophilic (it likes salt) and resists tidal flows by regulating the water level in its cells. Used as a food because of its high content of vitamins and minerals, Salicornia also produces an oil highly prized in cosmetics. Clarins Laboratories use it for its capacity to stimulate the synthesis of natural moisturization factors.
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