There’s something very magical about the sea for me. It demands respect, vibrates on a high frequency and is full of life. Some of that life can actually benefit our bodies greatly. One of which is seaweed. Whether you ingest seaweed or apply it topically, it is loaded with minerals, vitamins and powerful age fighting properties that can greatly improve skin. And believe it or not, it’s actually very easy and affordable to incorporate it into your skin care routine!
Let’s jump right in and find out the benefits of seaweed in skin care.
First and foremost, seaweed is jam packed full of skin loving properties such as minerals, vitamins and even essential fatty acids. It can actually draw excess fluid and waste out of the pores, cleansing impurities and clearing skin over time. It is high in B vitamins which help calm inflammation and reduce the pooling of blood underneath the skin.
Seaweed not only benefits the skin, it actually can improve hair as well. It nourishes the scalp and hair follicles encouraging thicker, longer hair. Seaweed can increase hair mineralization which strengthens and thickens hair. So far in my research of seaweed, taking a seaweed supplement or eating seaweed is the best way to reap benefits for your hair. On a side note, seaweed is high in iodine and taking a seaweed supplement can help balance and nourish your thyroid.
Benefits of Seaweed in Skin Care:
- High in B vitamins
- Strengthens cells
- Minimizes sun spots
- Reduces inflammation
- Increases elasticity
- Detoxes skin
- Antioxidant rich
- Calms the skin
- Protects the skin
- Minimizes cellulite
A regular seaweed mask can actually benefit all skin types. Because it’s a powerful detoxifier, it is amazing for problem skin. It’s anti aging powers are vast and can actually reverse skin damage with regular use! So feel free to use this mask no matter what your skin type is!
DIY Seaweed Mask:
- 1 tsp. Seaweed Powder (find it HERE)
- 2 tsp. warm water
- 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE) *optional*
- Mix ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Apply a thin layer to skin.
- Allow to set for 10-15 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water.
- Follow up with a toner and moisturizer.
Lavender is optional but seaweed has a strong scent that I like to cover up. Plus you will get added calming and anti inflammatory action with lavender.
Seaweed is an incredible product of nature. It can grow up to 2 feet in one day! It feeds marine life, provides protection and a home and creates oxygen underwater. I get so excited to learn the function of a natural substance and almost always you use it to benefit and sustain human health. Who really needs synthetic ingredients when we have God’s creation ripe for our use?
Seaweed would be incredibly beneficial in an oil based cleanser since it has powerful detoxing abilities! Stay tuned for more recipes that contain seaweed!
I recommend and use THIS organic seaweed powder.
Wow, Jenni, love this idea! I eat seaweed from time to time…sometimes I just get the roasted nori sheets and wrap them around avocado (sooooo good!) and I love SeaSnax. Love the idea of the topical application, and it’s so simple! I’ll order the powder you are using…can’t wait to try! Sometimes we think alike…I’ve been thinking about doing a seaweed post (revolving around eating it) and then I see your brilliant idea of making a mask:)
Elizabeth-I’m so glad! Yes, try it. Eating it is so good for you-I’ll have to try it with avocado!!!
AMEN! I just cant stand the thought of some random chemical on my skin. Its scary how many are in some of the products we use.
Have you ever looked into any of the Coco butter based face masks?
Jessica-Thanks! I haven’t…. Any suggestions?
Sounds amazing. I choose not to buy products on Amazon. Can you recommend another brand/source you trust? Thanks!
Love your recipe… but FYI: I have tried, once some time ago and then again just tonight to click on your link to amazon for purchasing seaweed powder and it always says it is unavailable. There is another product that is organic seaweed (kelp) powder on amazon, Starwest Botanicals, or also sold at Mountain Rose Herbs.
Thanks so much for all of your wonderful recipes!