Is Seaweed Good For My Skin?
Is one of those questions that sounds a bit strange at first, to most of us seaweed is that slimy stuff that wraps around your legs when you're swimming in the sea and washes up on beaches. But there are different types of seaweed and some of these types are to some people a culinary delicacy. Also for Homeopaths and people seeking natural remedies to ailments, seaweed can be a big part of their recommendations for skin care regimens. This is because seaweed is rich in vitamins and minerals and it can be applied directly to your skin as either a strengthening agent or exfoliant. To some people wrapping yourself in seaweed as in the picture below does not sound appealing which is why most people look for products which contain elements of seaweed like, balms, oils or Green Seaweed Soap which give you all the benefits without the slime or the mess.
What are the benefits of using seaweed on your skin?
Below we look at some of the benefits that using seaweed can offer to your skin when used regularly:
Seaweed is a natural anti-inflammatory and can soothe the inflammation causing those sore pimples. According to the Institute of Dermatology, acne is caused by release of oils which prevent the skin from drying. Pimples are inflammations of the skin pores, which then trap the oil, causing blackheads or whiteheads, deeper pimples or even cystic acne. Seaweed initially reduces the swelling of the explosion and can also be used as a natural exfoliant to remove the dead skin cells, which would otherwise block pores.
Having too many toxins in your skin can make you look dull and lifeless. To help you restore that fresh look, you need to get rid of them. Simply using seaweed on your skin will draw out any excess fluid, oils, dead cells or toxins that are preventing that beautiful skin from shining through. Removing toxins will not only make your skin healthier but will also make it smoother.
For most of us cellulite is a dirty word because it's unsightly and very hard to get rid of! This is where seaweed can be your friend. Regular use of seaweed will make your skin more supple and more elastic, the two key ways to help reduce cellulite.
Even for those who don't have cellulite, it's always a challenge to ensure that your skin gets enough moisture. Seaweed is great at this because it contains essential fatty acids that don't just infuse your skin with moisture, but also provide a barrier which prevents your skin from losing that moisture later on.
Seaweed baths have been used in spas for their cleansing and exfoliating qualities for a long time. This is because when seaweed is applied to the body it can draw out excess fluid and waste products from your skin. It also acts as a cleanser for dead skin cells and other impurities which can lurk on the surface. Seaweed is also known for being rich in Iodine, which can help boost thyroid functions. Great I hear you saying but what does that mean, well....The thyroid gland produces a metabolism-regulating chemical in the bloodstream which naturally helps to rejuvenate the skin.
Where can I buy seaweed for my skin?
The quickest and easiest way to find seaweed of course if to head straight to the beach but for those of us looking for a more civilised experience there are a wide range of luxury spas available which offer seaweed treatments such as wraps and facial treatments. There is also a wide range of creams and masks available and we would recommend our natural seaweed soap.
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The Sabai Soaps Team